Symantec updates e-mail security for enterprises

Mountain View, Calif.-based Symantec Corp. released an updated version of their Symantec Brightmail Gateway last week, Symantec Messaging Gateway 9.5, with the new ability for enterprises to choose the criteria to identify and block unwanted e-mail spam and protect outgoing mail.

“The effectiveness of this product is pretty good,” said Deaddin Edris, a product marketing manager at Symantec.
This security software maintains e-mail service, similar to other anti-spam. There is also a single sign-on capability for this software. This Symantec Messaging Gateway appliance is virtual and physical data loss compliant, according to Edris.
Eight out of 10 e-mail messages contain spam. IT departments within enterprises need to keep track of global black-listed and white-listed e-mail senders, so that they can choose which ones to block using this security software. Enterprise IT departments can also block e-mail by listing inappropriate words, according to Edris.

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Symantec has provided this appliance for protections against large volumes of spam under the Brightmail banner for years to enterprise customers, according to James Quin, an analyst at the London, Ont.-based Info-Tech Research Group Inc.

“(This updated version of Symantec anti-spam software) is just another solution, albeit a capable one, in a crowded landscape,” Quin said. “(Users), due to integration with (data loss prevention) and encryption tools from the company, may see heightened security and increased efficiency due to streamlined and integrated management.”
Symantec dominates the spam defense field with on-premise appliances and outsourced services from its MessageLabs acquisition, according to Quin.

“Brightmail has long been regarded as one of the top solutions in the on-premise space and we certainly don’t expect that to change as a result of this release,” Quin said. “(Symantec Messaging Gateway 9.5) is there to protect the enterprise against spam. It offers value to the IT department in facilitating that level of protection.”



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