Security: grapes of wrath

Security: grapes of wrath

Poole's Rock produces a select range of wines from a number of areas including the Hunter Valley in NSW and South Australia's Clare Valley.

CFO, Mario Robles, said its staff of 25 had encountered a growing level of spam email on the company network. As a result, it was taking an increasing amount of time for users to work through them on a daily basis.

"We once created an email account for a new user two weeks before he started with us," Robles said. "On the day he started, he already had 15 spam emails sitting in his inbox. He'd never even used the address before!

"We export to about 15 countries and have a website with our email addresses on it. They are also advertised in public directories and wine brochures so they are quite easy for companies that sell email addresses to pick up."

Fed up with spam and unable to deal with it in-house, Poole's Rock turned to Sydney-based IT outsourcing service provider, The Missing Link. In turn, it suggested anti-spam and antivirus filtering from MessageLabs.

"No matter how much you do, you are always chasing something and always behind," Robles said. "By outsourcing email filtering, we wanted to reduce the time staff were wasting trying to do it themselves."

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