A spam expert and former analyst at Ferris Research has been named director of business analysis and strategy at e-mail security firm CipherTrust.

Marten Nelson, one of the most frequently cited analysts on spam, will continue his research on spam and messaging security issues at CipherTrust, as well as increase awareness of the company’s IronMail appliance.

“The spam problem grew exponentially over the last 18 months, as did Marten Nelson’s reputation as an industry expert on the matter,” said Steve Raber, president and chief executive officer at CipherTrust. “…We believe in providing our customers with the best email security product on the market, and Marten brings the industry expertise and knowledge to fulfill that mission.”

Most recently, Nelson served as a consulting analyst with Ferris Research, focusing on all aspects of spam and in-depth total cost of ownership studies on enterprise messaging solutions.

Prior to Ferris, he held senior marketing management positions at Brightmail, another anti-spam company out of San Francisco.

Nelson started his messaging career at Lotus Development, where he held several senior positions in international product management.

CipherTrust has its world headquarters in Atlanta.

CipherTrust: www.ciphertrust.com