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McAfee, Inc. Includes Best-In-Class Phishing Detection in its Market Leading Secure Content Management Solutions

  • 02 December, 2004 08:54

<p>McAfee’s New Anti-Phishing Rule Set Provides 99% Detection Rate Accuracy</p>
<p>Sydney, 2 December, 2004 — McAfee, Inc., the leading provider of intrusion prevention solutions, today announced that McAfee SpamKiller for Mail Servers, McAfee SpamKiller for SecurityShield, McAfee Managed Mail Protection and McAfee SpamKiller appliances deliver best-in-class detection for phishing, with a new rule set, that has up to 99% accuracy in detection rates for detecting new and known phish attacks. McAfee SpamKiller is part of the McAfee Secure Content Management solutions group and is designed to deliver secure content management technology that helps businesses optimise resources, increase productivity and reduce their exposure to IT security threats such as phishing attacks.</p>
<p>Phishing has become an epidemic that has threatened both enterprise and consumer users worldwide and shows no signs of slowing down. Phishing is the distribution of email messages that have return addresses, links and graphic art that make the emails appear to be from a legitimate source, however involves an effort to obtain private financial information such as passwords and Personal Information Numbers (PINs). As reported by the Anti-Phishing Working Group, an industry association that McAfee recently joined to help fight identity theft and fraud, 176 unique new phishing attacks were reported in January 2004. By June 2004, that number had skyrocketed to a reported 1,422 unique phishing attacks.</p>
<p>McAfee has incorporated anti-phishing rules into its monthly rule set engine updates in an effort to protect its customers from this increasing threat. Upon triggering, the rules targeting certain phishing-specific characteristics are assigned a spam score that helps to identify phishing scams at the gateway and aid in overall message blocking. McAfee SpamKiller provides both reactive and proactive spam detection techniques which, when combined with increased incremental updates to the rule sets, offer the most up-to-date protection.</p>
<p>“Due to the growing threat of phishing attacks, it is important for businesses to implement high quality secure content management solutions that will protect them at all times,” said Allan Bell, Asia Pacific Marketing Director for McAfee. “McAfee’s solutions help meet this need and can be installed across multiple network areas as we provide solutions for the gateway, mail server, application server and as a managed service. By installing this type of multi-layered protection, users can be confident that all in-and-outbound messaging traffic is completely secure.”</p>
<p>McAfee SpamKiller delivers unmatched spam protection and performance with an out-of-box, highly accurate scoring system to determine whether a particular email is spam. With the extensive set of rules that run behind McAfee SpamKiller, each email receives a positive or negative score to determine its overall spam rating, and once spam is detected, messages are either delivered to the end-users inbox, personal junk mail folder or a system-wide junk folder.</p>
<p>About McAfee, Inc.</p>
<p>McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE), headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., creates best-of-breed intrusion prevention and risk management solutions. McAfee’s market-leading security products and services help large, medium and small businesses, government agencies, and consumers prevent intrusions on networks and protect computer systems from critical threats. Additionally, through the Foundstone Professional Services division, leading security consultants provide security expertise and best practices for organisations. For more information, McAfee, Inc. can be reached on the Internet at</p>
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<p>“NOTE: McAfee, SpamKiller, SecurityShield and Foundstone are either registered trademarks or trademarks of McAfee, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. The colour red in connection with security is distinctive of McAfee brand products. All other registered and unregistered trademarks herein are the sole property of their respective owners. © 2004 McAfee, Inc. All Rights Reserved.”</p>
<p>For further information, please contact:</p>
<p>Natalie Connor</p>
<p>Tel: +61 (0)2 9956 5733</p>

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