Misplaced Caution About Open-Source Anti-Spam?

By eweek  |  Posted 2005-09-23 Print this article Print

News Analysis: Despite advantages in price (it's hard to beat free) and sometimes greater capabilities, many companies are still reluctant to use anything but commercial anti-spam software.

Given that the new open-source approaches to spam filtering are capable of virtually eliminating unwanted e-mail and preserving the good stuff, why do many companies continue to struggle with spam? Jonathan Zdziarski, the developer of the DSPAM open-source Bayesian spam blocker, believes IT departments of most small- to medium-sized businesses are afraid to try free programs or meet resistance from higher-level company executives. Anti-spam vendors defend SMTP gateway. Click here to read more.
"Most mid-sized companies just pull an appliance off the shelf," he said, noting there are "a million anti-spam companies out there with boxes loaded with a hodgepodge" of solutions. "Thats one of the reasons these businesses, if you ask them, are convinced spam filtering is ineffective … A lot of these companies are running technology thats five to seven years old."
Some popular, commercially-distributed solutions say they employ Bayesian filters. When used alone, as in DSPAM and other similar program, these filters use statistical analysis to yield incredibly accurate spam control. Read the full story on The Channel Insider: Misplaced Caution About Open-Source Anti-Spam? Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at eWEEK.com Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog.

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