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Unisys Combats Email Threats with Managed Security Service Powered by MessageLabs

  • 27 October, 2004 12:34

<p>Unisys, the global IT services company and a leader in security solutions, and MessageLabs, the leading provider of managed email security services to businesses, today announced an alliance to reduce and minimize email threats to enterprises. Unisys is delivering solutions, powered by MessageLabs and driven by Unisys Managed Security Services expertise, to protect enterprises against spam, Internet viruses and other unwanted email threats and malicious content from around the world.</p>
<p>The Unisys services scan tens of millions of emails originating outside enterprises’ networks on a 24x7 basis for viruses, spam, pornography and other undesirable content. They rely on Unisys security experts and a fully scalable global services management infrastructure handling 50 million service events daily for some 200 clients.</p>
<p>One organization already benefiting from the Unisys and MessageLabs alliance is the United Kingdom’s Kingston University. Since the managed service went live at Kingston in March 2004, nearly 6.5 million emails have been scanned and more than 450,000 viruses intercepted.</p>
<p>Ian McNeice, Head of Technical Services, ICT Services at Kingston University said, "By working with Unisys and MessageLabs we have been able to free up our internal staff to work on more strategic projects, saving us time and money. The managed email service has been a great success in terms of security and keeping the network up and running. Furthermore, not one email-borne virus has penetrated the network."</p>
<p>The new services represent the continuing expansion of Unisys suite of Managed Security Services. The solutions target large, global companies across all the vertical markets Unisys serves, providing increased protection from both known and unknown viruses and worms and reducing the levels of unwanted Internet traffic, such as spam, that can clog up corporate infrastructures.</p>
<p>The Unisys services also offer a web-based management portal, providing online service statistics and reports as needed – enabling customers to see how the managed service is performing for their business, tracking email activity and acting upon any adverse incidents.</p>
<p>Service subscribers can also benefit from Unisys comprehensive expertise in all aspects of managed IT security, capitalizing on Unisys other application security services, such as managed web application firewalls; web content security; and network security, including Intrusion Detection and Prevention, Network Firewall and VPN and Secure Remote Access and subscription services, such as Vulnerability Scanning.</p>
<p>“Internet threats can cause downtime and have significant cost implications,” says Andy Lake, Director of Channels for MessageLabs Asia Pacific . “Enterprises can benefit from the solutions offered by MessageLabs and Unisys in many ways - a managed service can free up in-house IT resources, increase employee productivity and enhance the efficiency and operability of email systems by combating the threats that place them at risk. This in turn can raise network utilization levels through reduced email volumes and less demand on Internet bandwidth.”</p>
<p>According to Bill Diamond, Managing Partner Infrastructure Services Unisys Asia Pacific, “Email is a critical business communication tool. IT resources, sensitive corporate information and even organizational reputations are increasingly exposed to email-borne threats. It is crucial that companies protect themselves. The combination of MessageLabs advanced technology and Unisys proven expertise in managed security services protects enterprises around the clock. This alliance with MessageLabs represents a continued investment by Unisys in the field of accountable security, working with a range of partners worldwide to provide clients with effective tools and management systems to contain this potentially catastrophic risk.”</p>
<p>About Unisys 3D Visible Enterprise
Unisys, together with our clients, is building and delivering the vision of the future for IT and business services. Unisys systems rely on a proprietary methodology called 3D Visible Enterprise which looks at every facet of a company, providing insight into cause-effect relationships between vision, operations and the IT systems that support them.</p>
<p>About Unisys Asia Pacific
Unisys Asia Pacific helps clients eliminate business and IT complexity providing specialised services delivered by trusted consultants. Drawing on a history of industry innovation and expertise, Unisys Asia Pacific delivers services and solutions through subsidiaries in Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand and through distributors or resellers in other countries in the region. For more information, visit</p>
<p>About Unisys
Unisys is a worldwide information technology services and solutions company. Our people combine expertise in consulting, systems integration, outsourcing, infrastructure and server technology with precision thinking and relentless execution to help clients, in more than 100 countries, quickly and efficiently achieve competitive advantage. For more information, visit</p>
<p>About MessageLabs
MessageLabs is the leading provider of managed email security services to businesses based on market share according to the Yankee Group Security Solutions &amp; Services, February 2004 Report. The company currently offers industry-leading protection to more than 8,500 businesses around the world from email threats such as viruses, spam and other unwanted content before they reach their networks and without the need for additional hardware or software. Powered by a global network of control towers that currently spans 13 data centers in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and Hong Kong, MessageLabs scans millions of emails a day on behalf of customers such as The British Government, The Bank of New York, Bertelsmann, Bic, CSC, Conde Nast Publications, EMI Music, Diageo, Orange, Random House, SC Johnson and StorageTek. The company has more than 300 channel partners, including BT, Cable &amp; Wireless, CSC, IBM, MCI and Unisys and publishes real-time data and analysis on viruses, spam, phishing scams and other email security threats. MessageLabs’ statistics and experts are frequently quoted in media outlets around the world and its executives regularly speak at industry conferences. The information relating to MessageLabs' services contained in this release is based on data generated internally by MessageLabs and has not been subject to an independent review by a third party. For more information on MessageLabs and its industry-leading email security and management services, please visit</p>

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