"Spam is a problem for companies," says Ken Schneider, chief technology officer at Brightmail Inc., an anti-spam company based in San Francisco. "It can create a hostile work environment with objectionable messages. It can create a security problem because enough spams could cause a denial of service. It's a loss of productivity. It's a loss of bandwidth...Every trend we've seen shows that it's continuing to grow."
Anti-spam gurus at Brightmail and Mail-Abuse Prevention Systems LLC (MAPS) say there are several steps that companies and employees should be taking to decrease the flow of spam. Here are some strategies to consider: