Every year or two, Ferris Research updates its estimates for the total cost of spam, earlier this year they did the 2009 estimates .
Their estimates: "Worldwide, spam will cost us all $130 billion; in the U.S. alone, $42 billion. Thatâ€™s a 30% increase over our 2007 estimates, which themselves were a 100% increase over our 2005 figures."
They further explain the breakdown of where this is costing money:
- User productivity cost (deleting spam, looking for false positives, etc.): 85%
- Help desk cost (IT helping end users deal with spam): 10%
- Spam control software/hardware/service (licensing fees, amortized capital costs, etc.): 5%
Well with Total Mail Defense making it so you have don’t have to delete spam or look for false positives that reduces that amount by 85%.
I am feeling pretty good about our assistance in helping the economy by reducing the money wasted.