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Brightmail Anti-Spam(tm) version 5.5 delivers the world's most accurate, effective and flexible spam blocking technology to enterprises



Enterprise anti-spam software adds next-generation URL rules, flexible user controls

Brightmail, the anti-spam market leader, today announced the availability of Brightmail Anti-Spam(tm) Version 5.5. This latest edition of the acknowledged best-of-breed anti-spam software solution features significantly more spam fighting technology and greater user flexibility and control to protect enterprise messaging environments around the world.
While continuing to deliver the best e-mail filtering accuracy (99.9999%) and effectiveness rates (95%) in the market, Brightmail Anti-Spam Version 5.5 presents new features designed to thwart the latest spamming techniques. Foremost among these features are unique new URL rules to catch "trick" spam containing deceptive URL's as well as a second generation Open Proxy List. Brightmail also continues to provide the industry's lowest cost, "low-touch" administrative environment, and the new Anti-Spam Version 5.5 adds powerful new administration features for advanced users as well as exclusive end-user tools for fighting unwanted e-mail.
"Brightmail is committed to providing the most innovative and technically proficient spam protection on the market," said Enrique Salem, president and CEO of Brightmail. "With Brightmail Anti-Spam Version 5.5, we have improved on our industry-leading effectiveness and accuracy and have introduced new administrator and end-user controls that give our enterprise customers more visibility into their spam problem."
"With spam becoming a growing issue worldwide, it's no longer an option to operate a business without anti-spam technology," said Garry Sexton, vice president Asia Pacific for Brightmail. "Brightmail sees and filters more spam than anyone else in the industry, and Brightmail Anti-Spam Version 5.5 now provides Australian and New Zealand businesses and ISPs with the latest and most advanced solution to spam attacks."
Best-of-Breed Technology Catches the Most Spam Brightmail Anti-Spam's "Complete Spam Defense" offers an unparalleled layered protection that combines source filters, signatures, heuristics, content filters and call-to-action rules to deliver an unmatched range of spam protection for e-mail environments. In Brightmail Anti-Spam Version 5.5, several next-generation features are added to filter even more spam, including:
* Second-Generation URL Rules - As the only vendor to offer this technology, Brightmail's second generation of URL technology catches more spam by identifying and neutralising advanced spammer tricks, such as URL randomisation and obfuscation.
* Second-Generation Open Proxy List - The Open Proxy List (OPL) is the second generation of Brightmail's real-time blacklist and the only list of its kind in the industry. Now downloaded like the other Brightmail rules, the new OPL results in dramatically improved performance and speed in blocking open proxy servers that are sending spam. Furthermore, the OPL can now be deployed either at the gateway or as a relay, deeper in an organisation's messaging infrastructure. More Administrative Tools for Flexibility and Control Brightmail Anti-Spam Version 5.5 adds new features to the administrative package, enhancing the "set and forget" experience and designed to provide the tools necessary to keep e-mail systems running smoothly while filtering increasingly large amounts of spam.New features include:
* Configurable Spam Threshold - The Brightmail Server will now apply a spam score to each message and allow administrators to create an optional category called "suspected spam." Administrators can change the threshold setting of this new category to different levels of aggressiveness, and even take different actions on it versus spam.
* More Detailed Reporting - New reports, including filtering data on a per-recipient, sender, or IP address basis. For example, administrators can use these features to see which employees in their organisation are receiving the most spam. In addition to spam and viruses, this function now allows you to report on suspected spam, as well as whitelist or blacklist activity.
* Enhanced Brightmail Quarantine - Administrators who want to quarantine spam centrally at the gateway but still allow users to access their spam can now do so with this enhanced web-based quarantine. The quarantine includes end user and administrative interfaces, end user spam notifications, automatic message purging and the ability to release messages back to the user's inbox.
Exclusive New End User Tools to Fight Unwanted E-mail Brightmail Anti-Spam Version 5.5 is the only product in the market today that provides end user tools for both of the leading enterprise mail clients-Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes:
* Second-Generation Microsoft Outlook Plug-in - The Outlook Plug-in now includes personal whitelist and blacklist capabilities, which allows end-users to define spam based on their personal preferences. Messages on a user's blacklist will be treated as spam. Messages on a user's whitelist will not be placed in a user's spam folder.
* Lotus Notes Plug-In - Lotus Notes users can now submit missed spam and false positives to Brightmail by using the enhanced Notes Plug-In.
Brightmail Anti-Spam is a server-side software solution that filters e-mail at an organisation's mail gateway and runs on Windows, Linux and Solaris operating systems. Anti-virus protection, powered by Symantec, is available for an additional charge. Brightmail Anti-Spam Version 5.5 will soon be available through Powered by Brightmail(tm) partners as an integrated solution within leading mail security management appliances, and in best-of-class hosted solutions.
About Brightmail
Brightmail, the anti-spam market leader, delivers anti-spam technology that makes messaging environments secure and manageable. PC Magazine's EDITORS CHOICE for best enterprise anti-spam software, Brightmail Anti-Spam protects the email networks of businesses, government agencies, and service providers, blocking unsolicited bulk email, or "spam", while assuring that legitimate mail is reliably delivered. Brightmail protects over 1,500 of the world's leading enterprises, including Avaya, eBay, Bechtel, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cisco, Cypress Semiconductors, Deutsche Bank, Eastman, John Hancock, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, Motorola, SAS and Terra Lycos. Brightmail also provides spam protection for the leading Internet service providers, including AT&T WorldNet, EarthLink, iPrimus, MSN, TelstraClear, Verizon Online and Xtra. Brightmail now protects more than 300 million service provider customers, and 5 million enterprise email users worldwide. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Brightmail is a private, profitable company backed by world-class investors and partners. For more information, visit www.brightmail.com.