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ZEROSPAM: “The Brita filter for the internet”

ZEROSPAM was founded by David Poellhuber, CISSP, in 2003 in Montreal. This was long before the increase in privacy, technological developments and anti-spam laws.

“My private life has always been important,” says Mr. Poellhuber. I have eliminated all forms of advertising for a long time. In the old days, there were not so many solutions for invasion of privacy. One day, my structure was hacked to relay spam and I discovered open source tools. I realized that everyone was in the same situation, so I created an email protection solution.”

Today, ZEROSPAM Security is a team of 20 employees in Montreal and has 4,000 customers worldwide, mainly in Canada, not to mention hundreds of resellers.

 A cloud-based solution

ZEROSPAM offers superior protection against all unwanted, harmful and dangerous emails, including ransomware and other malware, viruses, harpooning, phishing emails and good old spam. All these messages are stuck in the cloud, upstream of the network perimeter. “We are securing the vector where 9 out of 10 cybersecurity incidents originate,” says Mr. Poellhuber. All organizations and businesses need e-mails, despite the threats. Therefore we work within the prevention and security of this communication tool. As a result, we operate in a safer work environment and can focus on more strategic projects than spam management.”

As a member of In-Sec-M in the last year, ZEROSPAM is reaping several benefits from this partnership. “We are proud to be part of Canada’s cybersecurity ecosystem. We meet people we would not have met otherwise. This allows us to exchange with other members to create partnerships and it allows us to work together rather than in silos. In-Sec-M creates opportunities we would not otherwise have. Without this network, we would not have seen the interest call from the QCIP and we would not have been selected!”

What does the future hold for them?

ZEROSPAM is experiencing a phenomenal expansion in Quebec and Canada. “Right now, the company wants to focus on the U.S. The challenge is to recruit qualified partners. We invested heavily in artificial intelligence and machine learning, before these technologies were popular. We have our own research team and we are constantly innovating. So, we are really well positioned to counter new cybersecurity challenges!”