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SurfControl upgrades e-mail filter software

SurfControl upgrades e-mail filter software

Boosts spam detection while adding compliance features

SurfControl on Wednesday announced an upgrade to its e-mail security filter software that adds reputation services and new compliance features, while also easing policy management.

SurfControl E-mail Filter 6.0, available now, includes the company's own reputation service -- previously only available as part of SurfControl's hosted e-mail security service -- that automatically drops connection requests from IP addresses with a history of sending spam, according to Dave Tripier, senior vice president of product management for SurfControl. By automatically dropping these messages, corporations can significantly save on the bandwidth and storage required by inbound messages before they hits spam filters, he says.

The new compliance features in E-mail Filter 6.0 include additional dictionaries that match words and phrases associated with regulations such as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, as well as personal identifiers such as Social Security and credit card numbers.

The enhanced policy-management features allow administrators to set up a new policy in about 5 seconds, says Tripier. Also included in Version 6.0 is an antivirus scanning engine and zero-hour virus protection at no additional charge.

E-mail Filter 6.0 is priced per user. An organization with 200 users would pay US$3,000.

In April Websense announced plans to acquire SurfControl for US$400 million.


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