SpamExperts, a provider of professional email security solutions, has been named as a finalist for The Deloitte (News - Alert) Technology Fast50 competition, in a special category that recognizes the fastest growing enterprises over the past five years of operations. Founded in 2004, SpamExperts has doubled in size nearly every year since its current product-suite launch in 2008. Along the way, the company has developed proprietary email security technologies for the web hosting and enterprise markets.
We recently caught up with Sam Renkema, CEO of SpamExperts, for his insights into the ongoing, vexing problem of spam and how his company helps others deal with it:
Sam Renkema: The company was originally started based on an award-winning idea at a business plan competition. Our ongoing success is entirely due to an amazing team of great and hard-working professionals who have managed to provide excellent technology and services to an everyday growing number of customers. We are very proud of this nomination.
TMC: What is it that sets your company apart from others?
SR: SpamExperts has developed proprietary email technology solutions, constantly enhanced and improved based on the need and feedback from our clients. We can filter email within our cloud, with the Hosted Cloud product, or deployed on the client's hardware with the Local Cloud product, the end-result being the same: Secure email. We have a highly competitive business model, which makes SpamExperts the obvious choice for webhosting/service providers. Last but not least, our developers devote considerable time combining data from all clients, so that all customers worldwide benefit of real-time unmatched spam intelligence and early detection of new spam threats.
TMC: Is spam still a growing problem these days?
SR: Spam is recognized as the number one online threat due to all phishing attacks and viruses spread using spam. Since the first email was written almost 42 years ago, spam has been and continues to be the main threat for the productivity and efficiency of email communication.For example, the latest spam trends analysis reveals short-time campaigns where spammers are using breaking news as a vehicle within hours of that news emerging. They send fake news alert emails in the name of reputable media channels in order to tempt recipients into clicking on a link leading to malware-infected websites. This gives the emails an appearance of being real and makes our job even more difficult as we have to be alert about new spam outbreaks and detect those in real time.SpamExperts filters over 100 million mailboxes a day and stops spam before it reaches the client's inbox, or prevents infected accounts from transmitting outgoing spam. Our reporting feature shows clients the real spam catch-rate, and what they would have to face without an email security system in place.
TMC: What steps can companies take to reduce or eliminate spam?
SR: Unsolicited emails still make up over 70 percent of all email traffic, threatening everybody's network security, as well as IT managers' and employees' productivity. That is why it is crucial for webhosting providers, website owners and enterprises in general to have a professional and robust email security solution in place, which enables them to eliminate any spam-related worries and fully focus on their core businesses.