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1. In Focus: Spam Is Good for Antispam Vendors
2. Security News and Features
- Recent Security Vulnerabilities
- Microsoft Releases Rebranded Antigen Products
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- Two-Factor Authentication Tokens
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- Security Matters Blog
- Share Your Security Tips
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==== 1. In Focus: Spam Is Good for Antispam Vendors === by Mark Joseph Edwards, News Editor, mark at ntsecurity / net
Last week, I wrote about Okopipi--the current successor to Blue
Security's Blue Frog antispam service. In closing that article, I
described a dream situation in which Microsoft philanthropically backs
the Okopipi project and bundles the antispam solution with every copy
of Windows. This week, I'll point out some statistics and financial
figures that show why I think that dream will never become a reality--
not with Microsoft or any other major antispam-solution provider.
First, let's look at the cost of spam for businesses: In February 2005,
Ferris Research said, "Lost productivity and other expenses associated
with spam will cost US businesses $17 billion in 2005.... Worldwide
costs could reach $50 billion, primarily because of lost employee
productivity. Not included in these figures are immeasurable items,
such as the missed opportunity cost of a new customer order that's
incorrectly discarded as spam." That's a lot of incentive for
businesses to implement antispam solutions.
Next, let's look at antispam-solution revenue figures: Also in February
2005, IDC predicted that "...worldwide revenue for antispam solutions
will exceed $1.7 billion in 2008, far surpassing the $300 million
generated in 2003.... [The] development of spam from a mere nuisance to
an increasingly serious problem [is] the driver for explosive revenue
growth, innovation, and investment in the antispam market. The
worldwide revenue for antispam solutions will experience a compound
annual growth rate (CAGR) of 42% through 2008."
Now let's look at email usage and spam volume growth: In January 2006,
the Radicati Group estimated that there were more than 1.2 billion
active email accounts. Worldwide email traffic per day was about 135
billion messages, of which 67 percent were spam. Then in May 2006,
Radicati estimated that there were nearly 1.4 billion active email
accounts and worldwide email traffic per day of about 171 billion
messages, of which 71 percent were spam.
Summarizing Radicati's data, the number of mailboxes increased by 200
million, the volume of email traffic increased by 36 million messages,
and the volume of spam increased by 31 million messages--all in less
than half a year! The increases represent a tremendous gain in
potential customers for antispam vendors, which of course can readily
equate to huge increases in revenue.
The spam problem has given birth to a billion-dollar market for
antispam-solution providers. If we keep in mind that most companies
exist for the primary purpose of generating income for their owners and
investors, then we can easily see that no current antispam vendor has
the impetus to stamp out spam because doing so would run counter to its
Therefore, the Okopipi project will probably not be seen in a good
light by any antispam-solution provider, except of course one that
finds a way to profit from the ultimate antispam solution of stamping
out spam completely.
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Recent Security Vulnerabilities
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Microsoft Releases Rebranded Antigen Products
Microsoft announced the first release of its rebranded Antigen
antivirus and antispam products for email systems. Microsoft acquired
the Antigen product line with the 2005 purchase of Sybari Software.
Read more about the Microsoft versions at
180solutions Merges with Hotbar, Renames Company Zango
The often scrutinized adware company 180solutions announced that
effective immediately it will merge with Hotbar and rename the newly
combined entity Zango.
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