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MessageLabs to protect CSC globally against spam, viruses and other email threats

  • 11 June, 2004 11:55

<p>Sydney, June 11, 2004 – MessageLabs, a leading provider of managed email security services to businesses worldwide, today announced that Computer Sciences Corporation has selected MessageLabs to secure its global email system from spam and Internet viruses.</p>
<p>“With approximately 90,000 employees worldwide, CSC needed a solution that was centrally managed, delivered across a global infrastructure and monitored and supported around the clock,” said John Butch, CSC’s Vice President of Distributed, Collaborative, e-Infrastructure Services. “MessageLabs has provided us with a proprietary, managed anti-virus service that’s capable of identifying viruses before they are even known to be viruses. Our decision to use this service was validated when MyDoom.A hit. We were protected then and have been protected since then from email-borne viruses.”</p>
<p>David Banes, Asia Pacific Technical Director for MessageLabs, said, “Global companies with a clear view into today’s most common and challenging security threats understand the benefits and logic of using managed services to eliminate risks at the Internet layer where they originate. This approach creates significant financial, technical and legal advantages gained from keeping viruses, spam and other malware away from corporate networks.”</p>
<p>The financial advantages gained from using a managed anti-spam service are significant. Spam today accounts for more than 63% of all global email traffic scanned by MessageLabs. According to the Yankee Group, if the average employee makes $27.50 an hour and spends 10 seconds a day deleting spam, a company with 1,000 employees loses $27,500 annually to spam-related productivity costs.</p>
<p>As spam volumes increase, consumption of email bandwidth, server processing and mail storage also increases. By filtering messages at the Internet layer, companies can reduce all of these costs and avoid unnecessary investments in email infrastructure needed solely to handle spam.</p>
<p>On the virus front, with 80% of all viruses coming from the Internet, companies that use MessageLabs’ pro-active anti-virus service can dramatically reduce wasted resources associated with reactively dealing with email-borne viruses.</p>
<p>The technical advantages of using MessageLabs’ services include having a centrally managed solution that can be provisioned within hours and built-in protection against distributed denial of service, dictionary and mail bomb attacks known to be used by spammers, hackers and online vandals to further their causes.</p>
<p>MessageLabs’ services also feature intrusion detection and email disaster recovery so that if a company’s mail servers go down, mail is queued and released when the servers go back online. Customer service, support and maintenance are provided around the clock, and service availability, latency and customer response times are backed by industry-leading service level agreements (SLAs).</p>
<p>About MessageLabs</p>
<p>MessageLabs is the leading provider of managed email security services to businesses worldwide. The company currently protects more than 8,500 businesses worldwide from email threats such as viruses, spam and other unwanted content before they reach their networks and without requiring additional hardware or software. Powered by a global network of control towers that currently spans Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, MessageLabs scans tens of millions of emails a day on behalf of customers such as QBE Insurance, Virgin Blue, Sanitarium, SunWater, Voyages Hotels and Resorts, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, The British Government, Fujitsu, The Bank of New York, Conde Nast Publications, StorageTek, Daiwa, EMI Music and Diageo.</p>
<p>For more information on MessageLabs and its industry-leading email security and management services, please visit</p>
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<p>For local information or an interview, please contact:</p>
<p>David Banes, MessageLabs Sydney
Phone: (02) 9409 4307 or 0411-747 821
Nick Hawkins, MessageLabs Asia Pacific
Phone: (852) 2111 3655 or 0405 774 802
David Frost, PR Deadlines Pty Ltd
Phone (02) 4341 5021 or 0408-408 210

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