The need to enforce spam. The need to train enforcers

Recently you can hear that spam (enforcement) is so 2004, that it’s all about malware and cyber war in 2011. Yes, both draw a lot of attention recently, but is it true that the world can ignore spam?

You will not be surprised that my answer is no. Spam and several forms of cyber crime are so intertwined that for a country to not have an efficient defence mechanism is the equivalent of leaving your front door open when exiting the house. That is why De Natris Consult has developed an extensive non-technical spam and malware enforcement training, that brings you the best practices and experience of 6 years spam enforcement and (inter)national cooperation to governments and enforcement agencies.

Spam, cyber crime and cyber security are intertwined
Malware, phishing, hacks, 419 scams, etc. are often spread through spam e-mails. Random shots of hail fired at the world at large in the hope that someone, somewhere opens an e-mail and clicks on a link. Even well-trained persons fall for such a trick sometimes. With all security leaks we hear so much of recently as a result. The economy, but also private persons stand to lose money, privacy, health and trust in the Internet. Next to this, spam remains a very costly phenomenon for ISPs who need expensive techniques to filter e-mail traffic and a nuisance to end users. The problem with botnet infections is still rampant in the world. It makes spam volumes and threats to everyone and everything connected to the web grow. All involved in the Internet industry tend to lose money and reputation due to unsolicited involvement in spamming. With the conversion of the mobile world with Internet, the problem comes to the world in a new guise also. Spam costs the economy money. In many different ways.

Successful enforcement
A spam and malware enforcement agency is the first guard against online nuisance and threats. Where CERTs are the fire brigade, the enforcers are able to take over and investigate. In the more severe cases they can coordinate and cooperate with cyber crime units, alleviating tasks there.

Spam and malware enforcement agencies can be extremely successful, within the boundaries that the EU privacy Directive gives. Equipped with the right investigative tools and training, spammers get something to fear. The more countries that are active, the more problems spammers will run into going about their business. There are less places to hide in the world, to register domain names and IP addresses, to have servers hosted and to do business from. Effective, international, cross-border cooperation between agencies will take care of another part of this threat. Your country can obtain this state also.

Training agencies, policy makers and governments
This takes more or less harmonised laws and investigative tools, serving an effective enforcement agency. De Natris Consult has developed a training course which teaches everything an enforcement agency and it’s staff need to know and shows the choices they face after the decision is made to enforce spam and malware. From hiring the right staff, to the decision to fine a spammer. Everything in between has a place in this training.

For governments there is a course on the necessary tools enforcers need in order to be able to do their job. What choices do law makers face when drafting the law? What decisions need politicians to take in order to have an effective anti-spam and malware law?

Best practices on sale
A country cannot afford to go without an anti-spam and malware law in conjunction with a computer crime law. De Natris consult can assist you in attaining best practices of six years’ experience. Interested? Send an e-mail to for more information. We will gladly discuss this further with you.

Wout de Natris, De Natris Consult

Leiderdorp, 17 May 2011


About Wout de Natris

As a consultant I specialise in establishing new and different relationships between industry, governments and law enforcement where internet safety and the fight against cyber crime are concerned. This makes me a bridge builder. Hence the blogs name. In this blog I intend to stress the need for interaction, cooperation and exchange of information in order to change the mentioned relationships. On offer: a comprehensive training on all non-technical aspects of spam enforcement and a cyber awareness presentation for companies and institutions
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