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
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
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
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
"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
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
"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
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
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.