[Esa-l] Outgoing Mail

Eric Brosius ebrosius at sunyorange.edu
Mon Aug 13 12:40:16 PDT 2001

Those are good points, and I've considered them.  And any NEW incoming mail
is clean, but I've been running "clean" for a little over a week.  And I
can't guarantee that there are no viruses floating around inside my domain
already.  And being a Community College (a public institution), it doesn't
look good to the paper-pushers if we're spreading viruses.  Although I agree
with your statement, it might be a hard battle to convince my bosses' bosses
that if we are sending out viruses, that we shouldn't care.  Eventually
we'll be "clean" but I'd like to protect my users, since most of them don't
know what they are doing.


-----Original Message-----
From: Lee Howard [mailto:faxguy at deanox.com]
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2001 3:14 PM
To: Eric Brosius; esa-l at spconnect.com
Subject: Re: [Esa-l] Outgoing Mail

At 03:05 PM 8/13/01 -0400, Eric Brosius wrote:
>Hello all.  I've just installed the "sanitizer" last week, and I love it!!
>It's great.  I've let John know that too.  I wanted to see how everyone is
>handling outgoing mail since the sanitizer doesn't "scan" it.  The only
>thing we've thought about so far, was implementation a second email server,
>and forward all our mail from our primary mail server out thought the 2nd
>email server, so that the sanitizer would catch it.  But I'd like to see on
>how the effort is coming on scanning out going emails.  And information
>be helpful!!  Thanks and have a nice day.

I'm probably not helping anything by saying this, but I don't really
understand the value of scanning outgoing mail.  If we assume that our
users are clean, then what is the value of scanning outgoing mail?

And if we cannot assume that our users are clean, then wouldn't it be
better to nip the problem in the bud rather than somewhere downstream?

I understand the purpose in scanning outgoing mail, but I don't understand
the value of it.  We scan incoming mail in an effort to ensure that we are
clean.  If we cannot ensure that we are clean ourselves, then why bother
scanning incoming mail, even?


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