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Email SPAM filtering

Published: 5-7-2014 5:15 pm

Greetings all,

As you may have noticed in the last couple of months, there has been a significant up-tick in the amount of spam e-mail we get, particularly phishing attempts to gather username/password combinations. Spammers are getting better and better at writing convincing e-mails that seem to be officially coming from your bank, your credit card provider or from WSC! In fact, spam phishing attempts aimed specifically at higher ed users are trending up nationally.

NATS has been testing out a Barracuda spam filter for a couple of months, working with users at College Center as our testing ground. The results have been very promising, so we're going to be implementing the new system over the summer.

There is a great deal of control that you, as an individual user can have over how your spam is handled in the new system, though the default settings of the system going in should do a better job than the mechanisms we have currently in place. We are writing up documentation for the system should you wish to go in and tweak your individual settings. Once we have that documentation written and available online, we will announce the specific date for implementation and put the Barracuda in place.

Since a good share of you will be less active with your e-mail over the summer months, we wanted to give you a heads up on the planned change before the spring term ends. We're hoping that you come back to much less spam this fall and if you do have questions over the summer, please reference the documentation which will be linked in the go-live announcement and, as always, call the help-desk if you have any problems or questions.

For those of us sticking around for the summer, keep an eye on your e-mail for the announcement and documentation. We hope you'll notice an immediate decrease in spam volume!

Thanks all and from those of us in NATS; happy summer, wherever you find yourself!!


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