Sophos Australia launches PureMessage to fight spam and viruses

February 18, 2004 Sophos Press Release

New consolidated defence offers multiple-language message processing and filtering capacity for large organisations

Specifically designed to meet the requirements of large organisations, PureMessage combines Sophos's industry-leading virus and spam protection, capable of filtering millions of messages per day.

This unprecedented scalability, plus its multiple-language message processing, makes PureMessage ideally suited for organisations with multiple-server deployments.

Sophos has also announced its first Australian PureMessage sale. The 10,000 seat deal is with a major telecommunications company.

Sophos's High Security Research and Development Laboratory in Sydney continues to play a key role in providing 24x365 customer support throughout the Asia Pacific region.

Participants in Spam Forum 2004 included delegates from the Australian Communications Authority, the National Office for the Information Economy, the Australian Direct Marketing Association, Baker & McKenzie Law Firm and other influential organisations.

Addressing those present, Rob Forsyth, Sophos Australia and New Zealand managing director, emphasised that email was the most common route for external attacks on organisations.

"We've reached the point where spam has overloaded the world's email systems and spam and viruses have become the number one headache for IT departments.

"At least 40 per cent of messages received by organisations today in Australia and New Zealand are spam. If we consider that the average worker is now receiving upwards of 60 email messages per day - with executives receiving many more - and with spammers adopting new techniques to bypass traditional filters, then spam is driving up IT costs significantly and causing a substantial loss in productivity.

"Sophos PureMessage helps overcome these problems by delivering advanced spam and virus protection, ideally suited for all organisations," Forsyth said.

In a recent Sophos poll of more than 4,400 large companies*, 89.4 per cent of respondents agreed that employers have a duty to protect their staff from unsolicited, offensive email. With a growing reliance on email, companies are increasingly finding that they need an easy to administer and scalable anti-spam solution.

Integrating with enterprise-class email systems, PureMessage is a centrally managed anti-virus and anti-spam solution, enabling network managers to deploy company-wide messaging policies quickly and easily.

"Integrated messaging security is more critical than ever. The need to protect inbound and outbound communication spans the organization, with issues ranging from productivity loss and resource consumption to regulatory compliance and liability exposure," said Christian Christiansen, program vice president security products and infrastructure, IDC. "PureMessage's ability to accurately scan substantial volumes of email and other messaging applications for confidential data, inappropriate content, intellectual property, malicious code and unsolicited email delivers the range of capabilities necessary for securing the enterprise."

With flexible spam handling options, PureMessage offers companies greater control of their email traffic. It enables individual organisations to set various actions based on the likelihood that messages are spam, including marking, deleting, quarantining and delivering messages. In addition to centrally managed email filtering, PureMessage allows end-users to play an active role in the monitoring of their individual messages. Optional interfaces facilitate personal filtering preferences and end-users have real-time access to their quarantined messages.

PureMessage's proprietary anti-spam technology performs:

  • Content Scanning to defend against spam messages that are disguised as legitimate email
  • Message Analysis to look for thousands of spam indicators, such as genotype campaign analysis and structure heuristics
  • Asset Tracking to evaluate message source and destination locations for spammer activity.

In addition, PureMessage scans all inbound and outbound email traffic at the gateway for viruses, Trojans and other malicious code.

Forsyth said that the initial reactions from Sophos's partners and customers in Australia and New Zealand have been excellent.

For more information, visit: www.sophos.com/products/pm

* Web survey of 4,400 businesses conducted by Sophos, February 2004.