One Year with the Barracuda Spam Firewall 300

So the end of this month marks one year that we have had the Barracuda Spam Firewall 300 and we love it!  We’ve all been in the boat, you may be in it now, where you are being told and forwarded e-mails daily about the spam that your church’s staff members are receiving.  Pharmaceuticals, Viagra, or V~ag ra, etc…  What do we do? 

This is the question I was faced with several times last year.  Sure, we use Trend Micro Client/Server/Messaging which has a spam filter/blocker built in to it; and this was my answer to the problem for a while, “We have a spam filter in place and we are doing what we can to block it.”,  but it was just not doing the job.  Before I came to work at the church, I worked for The Savannah Bancorp, Inc., holding company for The Savannah Bank, Bryan Bank & Trust, and Harbourside Mortgage here in Savannah, Georgia, and Hilton Head, South Carolina.  I still keep in contact with my old boss, Terry, who is the VP of Information Technology at the Bank/Holding Company.  I asked him what they were using and he told me the Barracuda Spam Firewall.  He said he tried other solutions, but this was the best he had found.  So I did some research and liked what I was seeing.  Even better, Barracuda has a 30 day trial with a no questions asked, if you don’t like it, just send it back.  So, I went through the pre-approval procedures that we have set in place to purchase a big ticket item, and then ordered the trial.

Here’s our results after one year:

E-mail Stats

Click the image above.  Yes, you are reading correctly.  Out of 4,601,301 total e-mails received this year, 4,311,654 were completely blocked as definite spam.  6,382 were blocked because they contained a virus.  And so on.  This is a hardware appliance we are talking about, so all this is being done before an e-mail even reached our Exchange Server (see the load we took off of our exchange server, and the potential risk that was blocked).  Needless to say, I very rarely get complaints (possibly less than a hand full for the year) of Spam any longer.  Pretty cool…

When we first got the Barracuda, it was blocking anywhere between 22,000 – 25,000 e-mails per day.  Over the course of the year, this number dropped to blocking 10,000 – 13,000 e-mails per day on average.

Here’s a screen shot from today…

Daily Stats

In my next post, I’ll go into detail about what is a Barracuda Spam Firewall, how it works, and why we like it so much.

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