Museum of London aims to make spam a thing of the past

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The Museum of London Group has integrated an email filtering system with its Microsoft Exchange and Active Directory infrastructures in a bid to cut down on rising volumes of unsolicited email plaguing staff across its three UK sites.

The organisation selected Policy Patrol email filtering software to block spam and add signatures on its Exchange 2000 servers, servicing a total of 500 users.

"We were looking for a solution that could not only block spam effectively, but could also add personalised signatures and compress attachments," said Richard May, network manager of the Museum of London.

"Our design department wanted to add company-wide signatures to fit in with the Museum's design standards, and at the same time include seasonal promotional texts regarding our latest exhibitions. Since Policy Patrol allows us to create one global signature that is individualised by using merge fields from the Active Directory, it enabled us to effortlessly include promotional text that changes frequently." 

By blocking spam mails, the filtering system has greatly improved the Museum's employee productivity levels, May said. The solution tags one out of every four messages as spam, therefore substantially reducing the time employees spend sifting through their emails each day.

The system also helped the organisation provide a safer working environment by protecting employees from offensive and embarrassing emails.

Policy Patrol has also, May said, saved on network resources: "By stopping spam and compressing large attachments, Policy Patrol also provided a substantial reduction in bandwidth usage and network congestion and avoided the need for a system upgrade."

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