Symantec has announced the third component of its email security strategy, a hosting service that filters spam and viruses as well as controlling compliance for companies.
Symantec Hosted Mail Security, starting at $US1710 per year for 50 users, complements the company's gateway software and gateway appliance.
All three options provided the same virus protection, spam filtering and enforcement of corporate and regulatory compliance, allowing each enterprise to decide which approach was the best fit, group product manager with Symantec, Chris Miller, said.
"We are not forcing a solution down the customer's throat ... They are picking whatever form factor is right for them," he said.
While a number of messaging security vendors - including Proofpoint and CipherTrust - offer both software and appliances to combat email abuses, Symantec was unique in making all three approaches available and in maintaining a consistent set of features and functions across the three options, Miller claimed.
Enterprises that subscribe to Symantec's new service would reroute their incoming and outgoing mail to pass through one of the company's hosting centres, where messages are scanned before being sent on to the enterprise or out to the Internet.
This eliminated the need for dedicated hardware and software, and related management, on a company's network. A Web-based management console lets administrators set email policies and run reports.
The service did not scan messages sent across a company's internal network, although Symantec offered other products that performed the same tasks at the mail server level, Miller said.
Symantec's Hosted Mail Security performs policy-based filtering of messages and attachments to ensure sensitive information isn't leaving the company via email, allowing enterprises to enforce regulatory and corporate polices regarding content.
The service's antispam technology comes from Brightmail, which Symantec acquired last year. The antivirus component is Symantec's own technology.
A spokesperson for Symantec A/NZ said it hoped to have the service available in this region before year's end.