SpamTian has featured in the latest edition of Campus Technology in an article by Rama Ramaswami entitled "Protecting the Oblivious". This very interesting article looks at the steps taken by a number of education establishements in protecting their digital assets. A selection of the article can be read below, the full atricle can be read in the April 2008 edition of Campus technology or at the following link: http://www.campustechnology.com/articles/60297_1/
"Two universities that have had considerable success with e-mail appliances are Penn State and Georgia Southern University. At Penn State, the Intercollegiate Athletics department, which has more than 300 e-mail users, used an innovative technique to filter spam: It isolated itself from the university’s centralized IT system and installed its own open source appliance. That’s because Phil Mansfield, systems administrator for the department, discovered that the university’s in-house anti-spam software, installed directly on the Microsoft Outlook e-mail server, shut down antivirus functions completely when there were problems with the server. This affected e-mail performance for the entire athletics group.
"I believe that threats come from a wide variety of sources, but e-mail is the main vector," says Mansfield. "It’s the easiest to attack and is always allowed through the firewall. To supplement the existing antivirus software already installed, we searched out a front-end gateway SMTP solution. We were looking for a solution that would provide greater spam filtration as well as free up the workload of the back-end provider."
Mansfield opted for SpamTitan, an open source, easy-to-use system that offers what he calls "enterprise-class features at a very affordable price." The minimal investment required gained him a quick signoff on the purchase from university officials. With installation time taking less than one hour for 500 licenses, and a 90 percent increase in spam filtration in the few months that the system has been in use, SpamTitan provided "results from day one," says Mansfield."