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Symantec Introduces Integrated Antispam, Antivirus and Content Filtering Solution

Posted on 23-May-2006 22:57 | Filed under: News

Symantec Corp. has announced an integrated antispam, antivirus and content filtering protection in a single software solution for SMTP gateways. The Symantec Mail Security for SMTP 5.0 protects against inbound and outbound email threats at the earliest point of network entry.

Scheduled to be available this month, Symantec Mail Security for SMTP 5.0 is the final integration of Brightmail and Symantec technologies into a single, unified solution and is a key component of Symantec Enterprise Messaging Management solution portfolio.

New day-zero virus prevention draws on the reach of Symantecís Probe Network, identifying suspicious attachments that exhibit the qualities of viruses and mass-mailing worms and rerouting them to the new Suspect Virus Quarantine, where they are held until definitions are available. Administrators also have the option of deleting the message, stripping the attachment, generating a notification or performing other actions on a per-recipient basis. In addition, the solution mitigates emerging threats such as phishing and spyware with anti-phishing defences using Sender Policy Framework and Sender ID, and the inclusion of spyware and adware in dispositions for virus policies combats the increasing threat of such programs using links in e-mail to facilitate installation.

Administrators can conduct regular expression and keyword scanning of more than 200 recognised attachment types, including ZIP files, executables, processing, spreadsheet and presentation file formats. Symantec Mail Security for SMTP 5.0 also automatically determines the true file type of an attachment through direct physical inspection rather than by extension or MIME type, which prevents malicious senders from attempting to bypass attachment filters with the renaming of a malicious attachment extension to a more commonly used extension (for example, changing the file from .exe to .doc).

A new graphical message auditing allows administrators to perform advanced tracking across multiple scanners in their network. E-mail messages can be searched by subject, date and time range, envelope sender/recipient, disposition, next hop IP and more. The message tracking feature also provides an instant summary of the action performed on the message and for more detailed information, administrators can easily drill down to see a comprehensive, organised view of messagesí flow through the system.

The software provides support for a broad range of operating system platforms, including Microsoft Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003, Sun Solaris 9 and 10, and Red Hat Linux ES/AS 3.0.

Symantec Mail Security for SMTP 5.0 is scheduled to be available this month through Symantecís worldwide network of value-added authorised resellers, distributors and systems integrators.