The spam-fighting crusaders of the Spamhaus Project have bestowed a note of recognition to Global Crossing. It was recognized for its aggressive removal of known spam operations from its MPLS-TE network, enabling customers access to a secure network environment, the organization said.

"In our work we focus so much on spam villains that we seldom get the chance to highlight the industry heroes," Steve Linford, Spamhaus CEO, said in a statement. "Among networks deserving high regard in the fight against spam, Global Crossing stands out as a leader."

The recognition, in part, is a nod to the work of Global Crossing's Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), designed to secure the company's network by explicitly forbidding spamming activities and removing those who circulate malicious traffic, according to the company.

"Network security is a quantifiable issue for businesses around the world," Dan Wagner, Global Crossing's CIO, said. "We're committed to deploying and implementing the tools and policies that protect our customers' networks from being hijacked for criminal activities."

The war against the seemingly ever-growing amount of junk mail has picked up, and as recently reported by internetnews.com, anti-spam and anti-phishing measures have grabbed the attention of legislators.

As organizations fight against the scourge that results in lost productivity, network downtime and interference with operational activities, Global Crossing has worked to prevent such disruptions, enabling its customers to experience high-level performance, according to the company.

Spamhaus, the United Kingdom-based non-profit organization, tracks the Internet's "spam gangs" in order to provide real-time, anti-spam protection for Internet networks. The organization works with worldwide law enforcement agencies to identify and pursue spammers across the globe. The volunteer team of investigators also lobby governments for effective anti-spam legislation.

"If all major networks tackled their spam issues with the determination and spirit of Global Crossing, spammers would have no havens from which to operate. Spam would be beaten back to a minor manageable nuisance, and the Internet would be a better and safer place for all," Linford said.

Global Crossing said all prospective customers are screened, and those who fail the screening are refused service. The AUP also recommends that customers take proactive security measures of their own, and is applicable to second-generation customers.

The company recently signed a precedent-setting Network Security Agreement with the United States government, and is also cleared to handle sensitive government traffic for the United Kingdom.