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The Spam Problem Solved: Bechtel Corporation Case Study     [24 June 2004]
Today's profit-driven spammers are targeting exposed enterprises, resulting in lost user productivity, potential legal liability, and increased burden on IT staff, infrastructure, and budget. While recent legislation has increased legal penalties associated with sending spam, spammers continue to adapt and flood corporate inboxes. To compensate for the growing volume of spam, companies like Bechtel, a multi-billion dollar engineering and construction company, have implemented a multi-layered anti-spam solution. Please join Mark Bruno, Brightmail Enterprise Product Manager, and Chris Zeck, Bechtel IS&T Infrastructure Engineering Manager, for a case study that reviews:
  • The growing spam problem and current techniques to combat it
  • A study of Bechtel's pervasive spam problem and steps taken to solve it
  • Results of an enterprise-wide anti-spam rollout resulting in a decrease in unsolicited emails and IT hours spent managing the spam problem

Date:24 June 2004

Spam Report Card 2004     [29 April 2004]
More than 50 percent of e-mail is spam. Billions of spam attacks are launched each month. Spam costs U.S. companies at least $1 billion per year in security and human resources expenditures, as well as lost productivity. Increasingly, virus-infected machines are used to distribute spam and perpetuate additional fraud, such as phishing. Is combating spam a losing battle? We explore the potential technology solutions in our Spam Report Card 2004 videocast.

Date:29 April 2004

Spam as a Security Issue     [22 January 2004]
Gartner analyst Arabella Hallawell joins IT executives from leading corporations to explore the emergence of spam as a serious threat to security.

Spam is widely recognized as a nuisance and drain on employee productivity. However, only recently has it become recognized as a threat to email security. While many companies have bolstered their efforts to thwart the actions of attackers, corporate IT managers and email administrators need to know what tools are available to secure their email systems against spam. Is your email system protected?

Date:22 January 2004

Network World Spam Forum: The Future of E-mail     [17 December 2003]
Moderator John Gallant and a panel of anti-spam and e-mail experts discuss how to ensure the future of e-mail as a viable communications medium, both for individuals and businesses, under the threat of a tidal wave of spam. The discussion covers topics such as the impact of legislation and technical initiatives, the Do-Not-Mail registry, economic solutions, best practices and more.

Date:17 December 2003

Past Events

DaSECo, 1st International Workshop on Defence against Spam in Electronic Communication — '08     [1 September 2008]
The Workshop on Defence against Spam in Electronic Communication invites the submission of papers. Researchers and practitioners are encouraged to submit papers on all aspects of misuse and protection concerning electronic communication including email, instant messaging, text messaging, and voice over internet protocol. Topics of interest include novel applications of electronic messaging, abatement of abuses of electronic messaging, spam, spit (spam over internet telephony), spim (spam over instant messenger), spom (spam over mobile phone), phishing, identify theft via messaging, viruses, and spyware.

Place:Turin, Italy
Date:1 September 2008

AOTA Summit 2008     [4 June 2008]
AOTA is pleased to present Authentication and Online Trust Summit 08. This 2-day intensive program includes tracks designed for the IT / Security and marketing / brand management executives. Content focuses on case studies and best practices providing attendees actionable advice to protect their brand, customers and infrastructure.

Place:Seattle, WA, US
Date:4 June 2008

International Enforcement Cooperation: Spam, Spyware, and other Online Threats     [13 December 2006]
The London Action Plan and the EU’s Contact Network of Spam Authorities is holding a joint meeting in Brussels on 13,14 December. The meeting, titled "International Enforcement Cooperation: Spam, Spyware, and other Online Threats" will bring together enforcers, policy makers and industry to discuss methods of combating spam, spyware and other online threats. There is no registration fee, and there are still places available for interested parties.

Place:London, UK
Date:13 December 2006

Text Retreival Conference (TREC) 2006, SPAM Track     [14 November 2006]
The Text REtrieval Conference (TREC), co-sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and U.S. Department of Defense, was started in 1992 as part of the TIPSTER Text program. Its purpose was to support research within the information retrieval community by providing the infrastructure necessary for large-scale evaluation of text retrieval methodologies.

Place:NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, US
Date:14 November 2006

Conference on Email and Anti-Spam (CEAS) 2006     [27 July 2006]
The Conference on Email and Anti-Spam is an international forum for the exchange of research results pertaining to a broad range of issues in email and internet communication.

CEAS includes short and long presentations selected by peer review, as well as invited addresses by distinguished speakers. Proceedings of the conference are published on-line; perusal of past proceedings (2004, 2005) gives an indication of some of the diverse topics of interest to CEAS.

Place:Mountain View, California, USA
Date:27 July 2006

2006 Spam Conference     [28 March 2006]
Interested in solving the spam problem? Come join us at the 2006 spam conference in sunny Cambridge, Massachusetts. This intensive, one-day conference will include many of the leading technical experts on spam from the bit-whacking level to the global economics of spam. Whatever the answer is, odds are it's here somewhere. Topics related to spam are welcome as well - spim, phishing, 419's and such are fair game.

Place:MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA
Date:28 March 2006

Text Retreival Conference (TREC), SPAM Track     [15 November 2005]
A new track in TREC 2005. The goal of the SPAM track is to provide a standard evaluation of current and proposed spam filtering approaches, thereby laying the foundation for the evaluation of more general email filtering and retrieval tasks.

Place:NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, US
Date:15 November 2005

Fifteenth Virus Bulletin International Conference     [5 October 2005]
The conference will include two full days of 40-minute presentations running in concurrent streams: Technical AV, Corporate AV and Spam (both technical and corporate).

Place:Burlington hotel, Dublin, Ireland
Date:5 October 2005

Conference on Email and Anti-Spam (CEAS) 2005     [21 July 2005]
There have been been numerous industrial conferences on spam and email, which have typically concentrated on shipping products and very practical concerns. But there is also a need for academic-style conferences: peer-reviewed, with a published proceedings, and, most importantly, focused on the kind of carefully done, thorough, long-term research that the academic and industrial research communities need. Of course, many academic papers have been published about spam and email, in fields as diverse as machine learning, cryptography, natural language processing, systems, security, and human computer-interaction. But there has been no single conference to bring together these communities to exchange ideas and compare techniques. Email and spam are applied problems, with both legal and practical aspects. Another goal of this conference is to create a dialogue that includes the legal, policy, industrial and research communities.

Place:Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA
Date:21 July 2005

Email Authentication Implementation Summit 2005     [12 July 2005]
We are pleased to present Email Authentication Implementation Summit 2005, a cross-industry collaborative initiative to improve the security and reliability of email and to protect customers, users and online brands from the persistent threats of spam, phishing and email fraud.

Keynoted and moderated by Esther Dyson, Editor for Release 1.0 at CNET Networks, this day long groundbreaking program includes an all-star lineup of experts and "soldiers on the front line." Underwritten by industry leaders, the Summit will bring together all critical stakeholders that have a role in implementing email authentication and ensuring the deliverability and reliability of legitimate email. Learn how early adopters including Bank of America, eBay, MSN Hotmail, NewsCorp and others have used authenticated email to protect their customers and domains.

Place:Marriott Marquis, NY, US
Date:12 July 2005

INBOX - the Email Event     [1 June 2005]
INBOX is the conference gathering point for the email industry. Attendees are messaging professionals from small, medium and large organizations who come to meet, listen to and learn from the industry's brightest.

Place:San Jose, CA
Date:1 June 2005

4th Conference on eCommerce     [21 February 2005]
The 4th ASEM eCommerce conference was opened by Mike O’Brien, the UK Minister of State for Energy and eCommerce.

Taking forward the agenda established at the last eCommerce conference in Seoul in October 2003 and taking into account recent developments in eCommerce, the programme comprised of five parallel seminars.

Place:ExCel, London, UK
Date:21 February 2005

Managing and Securing Corporate Email     [1 February 2005]
Hear Case Studies on Tackling Spam, Viruses, Compliance Issues and Instant Messaging.

End users tell how they have saved their companies money, time, frustration and legal repercussions by:
  • Reducing spam without losing legitimate messages
  • Securing instant messaging
  • Meeting numerous privacy and email retention regulations
  • Ensuring confidential information stays that way
  • Creating enterprise-wide awareness of secure communications practices
  • Devising an email incident response plan
  • Managing an email virus attack swiftly and efficiently
  • Implementing a seamless security system across the mobile workforce

Place:Las Vegas, NV, USA
Date:1 February 2005

2005 Spam Conference     [21 January 2005]
Interested in solving the spam problem? Come join us at the 2005 spam conference in sunny Cambridge, Massachusetts. Speakers at this intensive, one-day conference have in the past included most of the leading experts on spam. Whatever the answer is, odds are it's here somewhere.

The last two conferences worked well, so we plan to do much the same thing in 2005. There will be none of the cruft that usually accumulates on conferences; just one day of quick, concentrated talks, and then we all go out for dinner.

Place:MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA
Date:21 January 2005

Email Management - Driving Optimal Email Use and Protecting the Business from Email Abuse     [29 November 2004]
The widespread use of email for business, originally intended as an efficiency tool, is fast becoming the opposite. Dependency on email, spam, legal obligations, privacy and monitoring issues, to name a few, are hindering productivity and efficiency and driving up business costs. Without due attention, your email problem can spiral into a much more serious issue. This 2-day seminar is designed to accelerate your understanding of how to develop a comprehensive email management and control strategy. Equip yourself with the skills and tools you need to tackle the email problems hampering your organisation. In particular, you will focus on the most critical areas that will determine the success (or failure) of a sound email management and control framework and you will walk away knowing how to:
  • Effectively mitigate the risks of email
  • Develop an email solution to reduce email dependency and misuse
  • Discover alternatives to email
  • Implement performance measures to monitor and improve your email strategy
Unlike other email management seminars, this event will take participants through the comprehensive stages of strategy development for email control within a business. This will span from identifying business and legal requirements to email strategy design, risk management strategies, training and end-user education programs to ensure the adoption of email policies and tools for measuring, monitoring and improving your email strategy.

Place:Canberra, ACT, Australia
Date:29 November 2004

FTC/NIST Email Authentication Summit     [9 November 2004]
In the Commission’s June 15, 2004 National Do Not Email Registry Report to Congress, the Commission explained that significant security, enforcement, practical, and technical challenges rendered a registry an ineffective solution to the spam problem. The Report, however, identified domain-level authentication as a promising technological development that would enable Internet Service Providers (‘‘ISPs’’) and other domain holders to better filter spam, and that would provide law enforcement with a potent tool for locating and identifying spammers. The Report concluded that the Commission could play an active role in spurring the market’s development, testing, evaluation, and deployment of domain-level authentication systems. As a first step, the Report explained that the Commission, with other relevant government agencies, would host an Email Authentication Summit in the Fall of 2004. A Federal Register Notice, which can be found on this site, explains that the Commission and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (‘‘NIST’’) will host the Summit on November 9–10, 2004 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., asks for comments on a number of issues concerning email authentication standards, and solicits requests to participate in the Summit.

Place:Washington DC, US
Date:9 November 2004

Next Generation Networks Conference, Anti-Spam: Analyzing the Alternatives     [2 November 2004]
Despite innovations in filtering and rate limiting that, when deployed correctly, block up to 90-95% of unsolicited email, we can barely keep pace with spam. Spam continues to sap significant enterprise and service provider resources. Consumer interest in email, once the Internet's killer application, is withering. How long before short messaging services become the next target? This session will examine the various technical and legislative approaches for combatting spam. If used individually or in combination, are these enough to turn rather than barely hold back the tide?

Place:Boston, MA, US
Date:2 November 2004

VB2004     [29 September 2004]
A copy of the conference programme is included in at the back of this pack. Abstracts for each of the presentations and panel sessions can be found on the VB website (

Wednesday 29 September sees some new features for the VB conference: there will be sponsor presentations ongoing from 2pm–6pm, and from 4pm–6pm VB is hosting ‘AVIEWS Live!’, a discussion forum that aims to create a live version of what goes on on an AVIEWS list. If what really happens on an AVIEWS list is anything to go by, this will be a lively session.

Place:Chicago, US
Date:29 September 2004

2nd OECD Workshop on Spam     [8 September 2004]
This 2nd OECD Workshop on Spam, to be hosted by the Ministry of Information and Communication, Korea, will be held in in Busan, Korea on 8-9 September 2004.

Place:Busan, Korea
Date:8 September 2004

Conference on Email and Anti-Spam (CEAS) 2004     [30 July 2004]
There have been been numerous industrial conferences on spam and email, which have typically concentrated on shipping products and very practical concerns. But there is also a need for academic-style conferences: peer-reviewed, with a published proceedings, and, most importantly, focused on the kind of carefully done, thorough, long-term research that the academic and industrial research communities need. Of course, many academic papers have been published about spam and email, in fields as diverse as machine learning, cryptography, natural language processing, systems, security, and human computer-interaction. But there has been no single conference to bring together these communities to exchange ideas and compare techniques, which is the purpose of this conference. We hope this conference will be the first in an annual series, although one day, when spam is eliminated, the name will change to simply "The Conference on Email". Come help us make that day come soon.

Place:Mountain View, CA, USA
Date:30 July 2004

International Spam Law & Policies: The Global Case     [29 July 2004]
A Sampling of the Things You Will Learn at This Conference:
  • The Laws of Other Countries and How They Apply to You
  • Using U.S. Anti-Spam Law to Assist Colleagues in Other Countries
  • How to Effectively Engage the "Right People" in Other Countries
  • International Anti-Spam Stings
  • Country-by-Country Comparison of Spam Law and Policies
  • And much more...

Place:San Francisco, CA, USA
Date:29 July 2004

5th APCAUCE meeting     [29 July 2004]
  • Yonnie Kim / Daum Communications, - "Friendly Fire"
  • Katherine Bostick / Microsoft, - "Antispam Legal initiatives taken by Microsoft"
  • Pannel Discussion on "Spammers operating across national boundaries" Panel - Yonnie Kim, Li Yu Xiao, Katherine Bostick - moderator Katherine Bostick.

Regional updates - Note: These updates are on a per ccTLD / regional internet economy basis. APCAUCE makes no statement or implication on any questions of national or political identity, as these are not within the scope of the conference.

Date:29 July 2004

Email, Instant Messaging and Real-Time Collaboration for the Financial Enterprise     [29 June 2004]
Topics that will be covered at this event:

  • Sucessfully Implementing Regulations, Standards & Policy
  • Compliance & Surveillance
  • Selecting Email/ Instant Messaging Providers & Architecture
  • Multimedia Products And Collaboration
  • Authentication, Directory Services And Digital Signatures
  • Spam, Spam, Spam And Filtering: What Really Works?
  • Optimization, Improving Performance & Minimizing Costs Of Email Delivery & Instant Messaging
  • Evaluating EM/IM Network Security Practices
  • Identifying, Investigating & Enforcing Criminal & Fraudelent Spam Activities
  • And much, much, more!

Place:New York, NY, USA
Date:29 June 2004

Email Technology Conference     [16 June 2004]
The Email Technology Conference is the only conference where industry analysts, technologists, policy makers, the press, and businesses can collaborate and discuss topical issues around email and learn what they can do to optimize the use of this mission-critical medium. The conference addresses the issues businesses face, showcases today's solutions, and provides unique insight into the future technologies and uses of email. The Email Technology Conference will feature keynote presentations, panel discussions, technology spotlights, industry debate, break-out sessions and a Solutions Showcase featuring a select group of exhibitors demonstrating software, hardware, services and other email-related solutions. The ETC is an engaging conference where the audience and the speakers experience an interactive discussion on each topic.

Place:San Francisco, CA, USA
Date:16 June 2004

INBOX - the Email Event     [2 June 2004]
Enterprise, Service Provider, Carrier and Mobile Operator technical professionals and management, Email Administrators, Security Professionals, Marketing Professionals, Business Management. Is your email system as healthy as it can be? Learn how to invigorate your organization's email life blood. Solve your biggest headaches and create and operate the best email system for your department and business that ensures the vitality of your organization.

Place:San Jose, CA, USA
Date:2 June 2004

Messaging Anti-Abuse Summit     [18 May 2004]
Expanding on the collaboration from the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group to a broader coalition of global carriers, MAAWG intends to hold a WORKING GROUP SUMMIT in spring of 2004 to discuss progress and next steps along the three areas defined: Collaboration, Technology and Policy.

To register for the Messaging Anti-Abuse Summit – Spring 2004, or to request more information on the MAAWG, please visit:

Place:Washington DC, US
Date:18 May 2004

Messaging and Spam : From Chaos to Control     [1 April 2004]
Messaging is in crisis. Ever-escalating e-mail assaults now threaten core competencies of even the most sophisticated corporations. Leaving beleaguered network professionals challenged as never before. Today's professionals face a confusing array of undifferentiated tools and technologies that can merely mask problems.

Get the latest intelligence, technology and know-how to help you:
  • Understand and manage content monitoring and filtering systems
  • Analyze and measure the real business impacts of uninvited e-mail
  • Uncover and prevent problems inherent in all security solutions
  • Control, protect and secure wireless access and remote users
  • Attain industry-wide performance standards and the best practices that achieve them

This is must-know info. Must-see technology from MailFrontier, MX Logic , NetIQ, SurfControl and Sybari Software. A must-attend event you cannot afford to miss.

Place:San Jose, CA, USA
Date:1 April 2004

101TechStrategies: The Anti-Spam Summit     [17 March 2004]
At 101TechStrategies: The Anti-Spam Summit you will spend 2½ days with some of the top experts currently working on the issue of curtailing e-mail abuse, including spam, worms and viruses. You’ll review the best tools, hear about the current and upcoming technologies and the latest legislation and regulations for helping you fight unsolicited bulk e-mail.

Place:San Francisco, CA, USA
Date:17 March 2004

Recipe for Email Security     [17 February 2004]
CipherTrust and NwTech invite you to Recipe for Email Security: Put Increased Network Performance and Productivity on Your 2004 Menu,a luncheon seminar that will be held in San Diego, California at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla. The event will offer the latest analysis on industry trends and market developments intended to combat email threats. From spam and viruses to denial-of-service and intrusion, you'll learn about the next-generation technology and best practices designed to stop these attacks, improve email gateway control and enhance policy enforcement.

Place:San Diego, CA, USA
Date:17 February 2004

SPAM Technology Workshop     [17 February 2004]
With the passing of the recent legislation in this area -- the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 (PL 108-187) -- this workshop offers a great opportunity for attnedees to hear about current filtering techniques used to detect and reduce spam, learn about what research and development activity is underway in this area, understand what related initiatives have been undertaken by various standards bodies to address this issue, and hear firsthand from Internet service providers what they are doing to deal with spam. The workshop will also explore issues and challenges to developing and measuring improvements in spam control and reduction technology. Finally, this workshop will help NIST assess future potential areas for research and/or guidance concerning spam.

Place:NIST, Gaithersburg, MD, USA
Date:17 February 2004

Strategies For Securing Your Email Infrastructure     [12 February 2004]
CipherTrust and Adaptive Communications invite you to learn more about next-generation email security products and best practices at a complimentary seminar, entitled Strategies for Securing Your Email Infrastructure. A luncheon seminar that will be held at the Westin Waltham-Boston, the session will provide the latest analysis on industry trends and market developments to combat spam and other email threats. This seminar will give you a foundation to make strategic decisions when it comes to integrating enterprise content filtering and infrastructures services to control spam and improve network manageability and policy enforcement.

Place:Waltham, MA, USA
Date:12 February 2004

OECD Workshop on Spam     [2 February 2004]
Click on this link to access the Report of the Workshop, and the Annotated Programme for the OECD Workshop on Spam, held in Brussels, Belgium on 2-3 February 2004. This HTML version of the programme contains links to the presentations (speeches) made at the workshop.

Place:Brussels, Belgium
Date:2 February 2004

Spam and the law: law, case law and legislation     [22 January 2004]
United States law, case law, and legislation regarding spam is nothing if not a confusing hodge-podge of frequently incomprehensible, often ineffectual attempts at achieving balance between senders and receivers of email. The attorneys themselves often can't make heads nor tails of all of the different state laws and case law operating in tension with each other, let alone the average business person on whom they operate.

This must-attend conference is for anybody involved in the email sending or email receiving industries, including email service bureaus, email service providers, ISPs, and online marketing agencies. Attorneys who attend may be eligible for California MCLE credit.

Place:San Francisco, CA, USA
Date:22 January 2004

2004 Spam Conference     [16 January 2004]
Interested in solving the spam problem? Come join us at the 2004 spam conference in sunny Cambridge, Massachusetts. Speakers at this intensive, one-day conference include many of the leading experts on spam. Whatever the answer is, odds are it's here somewhere.

Topics include:
  • The More Things Change: Volatility and Stability in Spam Features
  • Latest Trends in the Legal Fight Against Spammers
  • Rejecting Spam at the SMTP Level
  • Real-Time Spam URL Filtering
  • How to Beat a Bayesian Spam Filter
  • The Plateau at 99.9% Accuracy, and How to Get Past It
  • And much more...

Place:MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA
Date:16 January 2004

Spam Prevention Day     [12 December 2003]
CompuMentor's Spam Prevention Day is a free, one-day training designed to help nonprofits in San Francisco increase their employee's productivity by decreasing time spent dealing with spam. We will share with you best practices to help protect your systems against viruses, worms and other security breaches which can be spread via spam. In addition, we will discuss backing up your systems and the importance of creating Internet usage policies for your agency.

Place:Heald College, 350 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94105
Date:12 December 2003

SSS Anti-Spam Technical Briefing Session     [11 June 2003]
Sensible Security invites you to a seminar on anti-spam technologies. This seminar will showcase unique approaches from 'Best of Breed' suppliers making presentations and then participating in a panel discussion. Each vendor presentation will highlight their technology and approach to stopping or minimizing spam. If your organization is concerned with addressing the problem of spam in the workplace, this seminar will provide the necessary information to make an informed decision.

Place:Four Points Sheraton Hull, Quebec
Date:11 June 2003

FTC Spam Forum     [30 April 2003]
The Federal Trade Commission hosted a public forum to explore the issues regarding the proliferation of and potential solutions to unsolicited commercial email ("UCE" or "spam"). The forum also looked at how the unique qualities of spam contribute to and hinder both fraud and its prosecution.

Place:Federal Trade Commission Conference Center 601 New Jersey Ave, NW Washington, DC
Date:30 April 2003

SpamCon: To further the cooperative fight     [24 May 2001]
SpamCon 2001 SF is the first vendor-neutral spam conference for those most affected by its effects: Internet system administrators and email service companies. The focus is on lowering the costs and hassle of unsolicited email, with an eye toward the grand scale. Participation is limited to 100 people, generally those who fall in the following groups:
  • Email system administrators and abuse desk personnel
  • ISP and ASP executives
  • Specialists in Internet policy and law
  • Representatives from companies and organizations focused on reducing email abuse
  • Individuals who can demonstrate significant past contributions to reducing email abuse

Place:San Francisco
Date:24 May 2001

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