The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2010-05-28T05:38:04Z Australian companies ahead of the curve in Cloud adoption 2010-05-28T05:38:04Z australian-companies-ahead-of-the-curve-in-cloud-adoption-1 With the explosion of Cloud computing in recent years, the global shift towards SaaS (Software as a Service) solutions has been phenomenal. Many businesses now have up to 90% of their business applications in the Cloud. Industry reports indicate that Australia is following suit and moving to the cloud, albeit it about 18 months behind the USA and UK. This is not a trend MailGuard has been experiencing. MailGuard has been delivering SaaS based email and web solutions since 2001, and has helped best in class organisations develop new levels of security, efficiency and communications to operations in Australia and worldwide. Headquartered in Melbourne, with local development and support, MailGuard is an undisputed pioneer in SaaS and an expert in its delivery. “The benchmark in this corner of the net is MailGuard” says Australian Financial Review’s Peter Moon. See why AFL IT Manager Tony Abate calls MailGuard an “ideal service, offering a simple to use, real-time and low cost solution” and why Lincraft’s Help Desk Specialist names MailGuard was his “best IT investment of the year”. Click here to read the infopaper ‘The Cloud has no limits’ To find out more about MailGuard’s SaaS solutions visit www.mailguard.com.au Written policy on pornography in the workplace not enough, according to new whitepaper 2010-05-20T03:33:24Z written-policy-on-pornography-in-the-workplace-not-enough-according-to-new-whitepaper Having a written policy on inappropriate images in the workplace, whilst important, isn’t enough, the Australian Human Rights Commission advises. There has to be a system in place to monitor and ensure compliance so that your organisation is not vicariously liable.Melbourne, 20 May 2010 – With email now comprising around 75% of business communications, and staff personal use of internet generally well accepted, the sending, receiving and forwarding of emails and attachments has created a number of significant challenges for Human Resource management. It raises a serious issue: How does HR mitigate the legal and OHS risk and protect the business and staff from illicit images and pornography in email traffic? The Whitepaper –‘5 Reasons HR Professionals are adopting SaaS Email Image Filtering’ explores how HR professionals can protect their organisation and its members from the legal and compliance risk of workplace pornography. To download the whitepaper, visit http://mailguard.com.au/uploads/file/imagemonitoringwhitepaper.pdf Lincraft embraces MailGuard Software-as-a-Service to boost operations 2010-05-06T02:44:17Z lincraft-embraces-mailguard-software-as-a-service-to-boost-operations-1 Discover how MailGuard’s cloud-based email security services helped Lincraft address business critical IT interruptions, bringing new levels of security, efficiency and communications to its global operations. Lincraft Help Desk Specialist, Ching Fu, names MailGuard their best IT investment of the year. To read the full case study visit: http://www.mailguard.com.au/uploads/file/Lincraft.pdf MailGuard to conduct research to reveal effects of spam on companies’ bottom line. 2010-04-13T05:43:44Z mailguard-to-conduct-research-to-reveal-effects-of-spam-on-companies-bottom-line MailGuard, a leading provider of SaaS (Software as a Service) email security has announced a new initiative that allows business executives to conduct automated surveys of their own organization, to identify how well their internal software and infrastructure is protecting the business. "The purpose of the survey is to help business uncover potential issues with their email, and focus on improving productivity and profitability," says MailGuard Founder and CEO, Craig McDonald. Industry reports indicate more than 90% of business-related email is unwanted and MailGuard’s own statistics confirm this. As email continues to be the most popular tool for business communication, its volume grows exponentially. With this growth comes the ever-increasing problem of unwanted, unsolicited email. Traditional in-house appliances are known to only stop on average 60% of spam. As a consequence, even with that solution in place, most businesses are still suffering from spam’s unwanted effects. "Many executives are unaware of how spam email impacts their business. That’s what led us to introduce this free initiative," McDonald says. "The research provides an opportunity for business executives to gain insight into the real effects of spam. Not by reading about it in an industry report, but based on the physical evidence from within their business," he continues. Once the automated research is complete, the participating business receives a detailed report highlighting the results, along with recommended actions. MailGuard's research initiative has been welcomed by the Australian Computer Society. Businesses can register to take part in MailGuard’s ‘Effects of Spam’ survey, by visiting http://www.mailguard.com.au/eos/register. Archiving email in the Cloud has greater benefits than in-house storage, according to new Whitepaper 2010-04-09T06:27:00Z archiving-email-in-the-cloud-has-greater-benefits-than-in-house-storage-according-to-new-whitepaper Email has become an integral part of business work-flow. With over 70% of communication being carried out by email, its volume in the workplace continues to grow exponentially. As this trend is only heading in one direction, the question every organisation must consider is 'Where will we store this data and how will we access it going forward?' The Whitepaper - 'Benefits of archiving email in the Cloud' explores how a SaaS solution can bring greater benefits to business over traditional in-house archiving. To download the Whitepaper, visitwww.mailguard.com.au/whitepapers/archiving Vadis signs distribution agreement with MailGuard 2010-03-31T02:12:53Z vadis-signs-distribution-agreement-with-mailguard MailGuard, one of the leading vendors in SaaS (Software as a Service) email and web security, announced it has entered into an agreement with VADIS Systems, Australia's first cloud-focused distributor. The partnership will increase the availability of MailGuard services globally and extend its reach across multiple verticals. VADIS has three main areas of concentration; cloud services/virtualisation, networking and security. "The focus on integrating core technology offerings with cloud services makes VADIS a very appealing VAD in this market," says Craig McDonald, Founder and CEO of MailGuard. MailGuard operates a strong network of partners to offer its services world-wide. With a focus on partner growth and channel development, the addition of cloud-based partners is instrumental in strengthening MailGuard's corporate vision in the channel arena. McDonald continues, "Obviously, it is important for us to have partners that know the industry well and VADIS has a particularly clear and defined strategy for cloud security and virtualisation." VADIS Sales and Marketing Director, Gerry Tucker said they were seeking to partner with a vendor who could deliver value to the channel and end user. "MailGuard allows for simple and easy customer migration, which minimises IT resource on both channel and client side," says Tucker. MailGuard's lead generation initiatives aim to make it easy for VADIS' resellers to uncover additional revenue opportunities. Tucker says, "Not only are the margins attractive, but MailGuard's incentives reward both distributor and reseller through recurring revenue streams." VADIS will offer the full suite of MailGuard solutions including email and web filtering, email continuity, image monitoring, and email archiving services. They plan to bundle the services as a first line of defence against email and web borne security threats. MailGuard launches Cloud email archiving with real time retrieval 2010-03-24T23:31:13Z mailguard-launches-cloud-email-archiving-with-real-time-retrieval Melbourne, 24 March 2010 - MailGuard, a leading vendor in SaaS (Software as a Service) email and web security, today announced the launch of SafeGuard, an online email archive and real-time retrieval system. Email has become an integral part of business work-flow. With over 70% of communication being carried out by email, its volume in the workplace continues to grow exponentially. All businesses, no matter their industry, face some form of legal and regulatory obligation to store their data. The requirement extends to email communications. Craig McDonald, Founder & CEO of MailGuard says, "The volume of email can only head in one direction. With its inevitable increase, the questions every business must answer are where will we store this business-critical data? And more importantly, how will we access it?" Email archiving is a fundamental issue for all business. Litigation cases have been won or lost through a company's ability to retrieve vital email communications. McDonald believes he has the solution. "SafeGuard allows a business to securely store all its critical data. Our clients have peace of mind that their data is secure and archived in a system that meets all legal and regulatory compliance issues." SafeGuard archives email 'in the Cloud'. Its underlying Tier 4 infrastructure is the highest level, designed to host business-critical data, using stringent security and controlled access processes. All inbound and outbound email is archived and text content indexed. SafeGuard also archives and indexes all attachments so they are fully searchable, including files in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, HTML, TXT and EML. "A key feature of SafeGuard is its ability to store a 'forensically intact' copy of the email. This means that when you retrieve an email from the archive, you are guaranteed it is in pristine condition, exactly as it was when sent," says McDonald. As a subscription service, SafeGuard's enterprise-grade 'in the Cloud' service is funded through OpEx, delivering dramatically reduced Total Cost of Ownership over traditional, in-house appliances. Businesses can request a free trial of SafeGuard by visiting the MailGuard website: www.mailguard.com.au MailGuard launches WebGuard 2005-06-02T17:55:00Z mailguard-launches-webguard MailGuard, Australias first and leading provider of outsourced email anti-virus, anti-spam, content filtering and email storage solutions for the business market, launched its new service, WebGuard, at CEBIT lat week. Without the need for investment in hardware, software, management or systems, WebGuard offers a means of protecting companies from Web-based dangers, such as viruses retrieved from Web-based mail systems. WebGuard allows organisations to control what their people can browse, download, and when; whilst keeping the organisation safe from web viruses, junk, and offensive downloads or browsing activity, said Andrew Johnson, MailGuards Director of Sales and Marketing. Fundamentally, our service gives all companies the ability to protect all browsing from viruses, while also developing logs of company-wide browsing activity. Johnson explained that WebGuard eliminates web browsing (deliberate or inadvertent) abuse, offensive or pornographic browsing and time wasting. WebGuard is managed through a secure web console, using content filtering rules and lists of sites to be allowed or blocked. Regular reports and configurable alerts allow the administrator to be notified of excessive or inappropriate use. MailGuard has invested heavily in the development of WebGuard and has been piloting the service since late last year. WebGuards anti-virus software is updated every 10 minutes. Roger Evans, IT Manager at Willow Ware Australia Pty Ltd, the iconic 100 plus year old Australian family owned company and manufacturer of coolers, storage, refuse and bake ware, has been trialling Web Guard and assisting in its development for the last seven months. We are an IT team of two [plus some outside contractors] looking after the requirements of over 50 users, in Melbourne and interstate offices. Having a solid appreciation of the importance of IT security needs for Willow, but not having the luxury of time or personnel on our side, WebGuard gives me peace of mind and flexibility, said Evans. Knowing no viruses are being downloaded means I can focus on other areas of business processes along with my technical and reporting responsibilities. The service has given us an opportunity to manage what our users are actually doing without being big brother. We simply use the console to manage access to the web by user, file types, key words and sites by individual, group or company wide rules as required. IT Governance and best practices are in the forefront of the companys and end users best interest, so WebGuard assists in the management of these important practices as well as providing some peace of mind for HR related issues. Evans has also gained financially by reducing his companys data communications costs. WebGuards detailed logs of who has browsed what and when and the hourly/daily/weekly/monthly reports of top users and most popular sites, including summary reports of how much, and how long users are browsing, assists in planning and implementing web access and usage policies for Willow. Since the companys formation in June 2001 MailGuard has sustained a 100 per cent yearly growth rate in both its revenue and client base. It is projecting similar results for, at least, the next four years. It was in realising the need for a solution to spam, hackers and other internet-based menaces that was both easy to manage and low in cost, that we developed a range of services that help to secure email with the client barely lifting a finger, concluded Johnson. We also learnt along the way that even organisations with the dollars and human resources to spend in terms of deploying a solution, the constant need to keep it up to date and maintained is all too hard. About MailGuard MailGuard is a 100% Australian owned and operated company focusing solely on protecting businesses from viruses, spam and other unwanted emails without any user management requirements. The company delivers a cost-effective, effortless and seamless solution that eliminates viruses, spam and unwanted mail at the internet before entering their clients network. MailGuards SafeGuard provides an outsourced business email archival solution that centralises all email sent and received by our clients without any hardware, software or installation. MailGuards WebGuard provides a business control to better manage browsing, downloads; whilst keeping the organisation safe from web viruses, junk, and offensive downloads or browsing activity. MailGuard requires a minimal initial investment and monthly fee per mailbox. Customers can be fully protected utilising the most sophisticated triple anti-virus/anti-spam solution available through MailGuard within 24 hours. Today, MailGuard protects over 30,000 people against viruses, spam, mail bomb/email denial of service attacks and hackers as well as providing email filtering/management and usage statistics. MailGuard clients in Australia include Melbourne Zoo, Asian Pacific Building Corporation, Australian Football League, Cubit Media Research, Multiplex Constructions, Porsche Cars Australia, Bakers Delight, Australian Retailers Association, Autobarn, Quiksilver International and Berry Street. Visit www.mailguard.com.au. JB HI-FI becomes MailGuards 600th customer 2004-06-24T21:19:00Z jb-hi-fi-becomes-mailguards-600th-customer MailGuard, Australias first and leading provider of outsourced email anti-virus, anti-spam, content filtering and email storage solutions for the SME market, has announced that JB HI-FI has become the companys 600th customer. This major milestone attests to the widespread customer acceptance of MailGuards first line of defence solutions throughout Australia and beyond, said Director of Marketing, Andrew Johnson. The fact that JB HI-FI has chosen MailGuard to service its email security needs nationally is very gratifying and endorses our commitment to the provision of the highest level of outsourced email security at an attractive price point for business. The company opened its Sydney office on 21 June. Today, MailGuard is filtering over 500,000 emails daily. Companies across multiple industry segments have adopted MailGuards services as a means to dramatically simplify management, protect against spam, viruses and unwanted emails in order to provide enhanced messaging capabilities. With email increasingly a mission-critical application for our day-to-day business activity, security management of our incoming and outgoing email was a major concern to us, said Geoff Craig, JB HI-FI IT Manager. But it had to be an external solution that proactively and continuously managed all of the companys email correspondence. Were a small IT team and I cannot afford to have one of my guys virtually spending their entire time looking after email security issues. Craig maintains that the MailGuard solution proved to be a cost saving to his organisation which prides itself on being a lean working machine, keeping costs down in order to pass on any possible savings to customers at any of its 32 stores. The company has one simple philosophy - to deliver a specialist range of Hi-Fi and recorded music at Australia's lowest prices. After an initial pilot, JB HI-FI implemented MailGuard to filter all email passing through or leaving any of its stores or head office. The implementation took one and a half hours without any disruption to the network. Within the first month, staff productivity levels rose due to the fact that spam has virtually disappeared and Craigs team can turn off or on what the users are able to receive via email. Further benefits include the fact that Craig can access the JB HI-FI email activity status and statistics remotely through the web-enabled portal and that substantial processing time has been freed up from his mail server. Founded in 2001, MailGuard has seen demand for its services increase as businesses seek secure, service-oriented and easy-to-manage solutions for their email networks. The company has experienced consistent year-over-year revenue growth since its inception. During a time when other technology companies have struggled to maintain business viability, MailGuard has continued its successful expansion while meeting - and exceeding - sales and market share goals. "MailGuard has built a solid foundation of customers by focusing on three core tenets: service delivery, security and simplicity," said Johnson. "Given tight IT budgets, increased concerns around email security and pressures to make past IT investments deliver on promised ROI, we are confident that companies will continue to be drawn to our outsourced email solutions to secure message networks against spam and virus attacks, as well as enforce policies and route messages. Currently, JB HI-FI is also trialing MailGuards outsourced business email archival solution. MailGuard launched SafeGuard in March and today has 30 customers using the service. Johnson predicts that, by the end of June, more than 100 businesses will have implemented SafeGuard. The momentum has taken us by surprise, said Johnson. In today's corporate world, email holds a company's critical information. Emails record financial expectations, sales are made, customers make complaints and companies make promises. The awareness and understanding of the importance of storing email data has really hit the business world. About MailGuard MailGuard is a 100 percent Australian owned and operated company focusing solely on protecting businesses from viruses and unwanted emails without any user management requirements. The company delivers a cost-effective, effortless and seamless solution that eliminates viruses and unwanted mail at the Internet before entering their clients network. MailGuards SafeGuard provides an outsourced business email archival solution. MailGuard enables small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) to have the same email management and protection as larger organisations without the capital expense, ongoing running costs and technical expertise required to facilitate and manage server based products. MailGuard requires a minimal initial investment and monthly fee per mailbox. Customers can be fully protected utilising the most sophisticated triple anti-virus/anti-spam solution available by MailGuard within 24 hours. Today, MailGuard protects over 30,000 people against viruses, spam, mail bomb/email denial of service attacks and hackers as well as providing email filtering/management and usage statistics. MailGuard clients in Australia include Melbourne Zoo, Asian Pacific Building Corporation, Australian Football League, Cubit Media Research, Multiplex Constructions, Porsche Cars Australia, Bakers Delight, Australian Retailers Association, Autobarn, Quiksilver International and Berry Street. For more information about MailGuard, visit the company's website at www.mailguard.com.au. MailGuard launches outsourced business email archival solution 2004-03-23T22:03:00Z mailguard-launches-outsourced-business-email-archival-solution MailGuard, Australias first and leading provider of outsourced email anti-virus, anti-spam and content filtering for the SME market, has launched a new service - SafeGuard, the companys outsourced business email archival solution. After piloting the service over a three month period with ten clients, all ten converted and today use the service in addition to using one or more of MailGuards email anti-virus, anti-spam or content filtering solutions With increasing concerns and understanding, supported by growing legislation, of the importance of a companys emails (sending and receiving) to its ongoing business, MailGuards SafeGuard offers a simple, automated solution to email archiving and storage issues. In today's corporate world, email holds a company's critical information. Emails record financial expectations, sales are made, customers make complaints and companies make promises, said Andrew Johnson, MailGuards Marketing Director. Increasingly pressured by fines and threats of imprisonment for noncompliance with federal and state regulations, IT executives today are looking to deploy systems that archive their email communications. For many organisations, this results in an organisational and storage nightmare and automating that process is critical. We estimate that 60 percent of internally and externally related business information is stored within corporate messaging systems, adds Johnson. And it can only continue to rise as our dependency on email communications increases. Chris Clark, Group IT Manager, Multiplex Limited embraced SafeGuard and has his 1,300 users' email archived by MailGuard. "Organisations are simply unaware of the costs involved in archiving and retrieving emails. It is much more than the initial purchase of one or two servers, which is between $20,000 to $40,000. To enable a structured approach to archiving and retrieval of your company's emails requires a dedicated person designing and maintaining a process adhered to so as to ensure access to essential but corrupt or lost emails can be retrieved virtually immediately. We receive between six and eight DVDs monthly from MailGuard with the previous month's company-wide emails stored. It just couldn't be simpler, more secure or cost effective," maintains Clark. Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory is one of the organisations that piloted MailGuards SafeGuard. We realised the overwhelming need to save these emails. My IT team just can't pack them away like receipts you toss in a box at home. They must be organised and easily accessible. When an archived email is needed, you don't want to have to call in half the IT team just to find it. said Stan McCullagh, IT Manager, Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory. "If you haven't been saving this stuff in an organised way, the ability to go in and pull up certain messages (which may have been deleted!) from specific days two years ago is not an easy thing to do. You would have to have sophisticated software and trained people to manage this process." And thats the attraction of SafeGuard to organisations such as the Geelong Advertiser, Australian Retailers Association and Regional Air Express. SafeGuard automatically provides a centralised archive of all an organisations incoming and outgoing emails without any hardware, software or installation requirements or investment. All correspondence filters through MailGuards servers and the archiving is undertaken externally. On a monthly basis, each SafeGuard client receives an encrypted CD or DVD with a copy of every email the organisation has sent or received. I have peace of mind because I am assured of a secure copy of every email, even if deleted from the users mailbox or our servers, said McCullagh. And with email storage having eaten into our network communications storage facilities, SafeGuard has actually assisted us in freeing up disk space for other storage requirements. McCullagh adds that, MailGuard provides an extra layer of protection to the organisation. The benefits we receive far outweigh the low cost of setup (virtually nil) and ongoing costs. [Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory has implemented MailGuards virus checking, spam filtering and email archiving services.] The law pushing the need for organisations to archive online correspondence New regulations, coupled with companies fears of lawsuits, are pushing the need to archive. For example, the Australian Corporations Law requires financial documents (including emails) to be retained for five years and government departments, (under the Public Records Act) need to retain emails for seven years. The issue is that it's an expensive and complex endeavor. The health care and financial services industries are the two generally considered to be the hardest hit. There are a lot of new regulations including the much discussed privacy law and its impact on employers. They dictate the rules for various industries governing what information must be stored away and made accessible, says Nathan Oldfield, IT Manager at Barry & Nilsson Lawyers, who has implemented SafeGuard within his organisation. I see SafeGuard as a safety net for our 100 users, capturing all correspondence, even those quick one liners, that we tend to delete immediately but which may be such an important source of evidence should there be any legal issues arising. Johnson adds that the USA experience should be a high incentive for Australian organisations to comply. He cites such examples as: In 2003, five Wall Street brokerages agreed to pay US$8.25 million in fines for discarding e-mail related to customer transactions In July, a court found that UBS Warburg was responsible for paying as much as US$300,000 to restore e-mails required for a gender discrimination case A 2003 study () by the ePolicy Institute, American Management Association of 1,100 American companies showed that 14 percent of respondents had been ordered by a court or regulatory body to produce employee email and, while there is an overwhelming need for companies to archive emails, only 37 percent of organisations have an email archiving policy. SafeGuard complies with SEC Rule 17a-4 and NASD 3110 and meets the requirements of the Electronic Transactions Act for reliability and integrity, said Johnson. With the fear of litigation weighing heavily on businesses today, we make it simple for organisations to meet their compliance requirements. MailGuard is confident that SafeGuard, as an outsourced solution, will appeal to a broad variety of industries. MailGuards newly launched mail archiving service also offers its reseller base an additional opportunity for enhanced revenues. For more information and pricing on SafeGuard, call 1300 30 44 30 or go to / -END About MailGuard MailGuard is a 100 percent Australian owned and operated company focusing solely on protecting businesses from viruses and unwanted emails without any user management requirements. The companys cost-effective solution eliminates viruses and unwanted mail at the Internet before they enter a companys network. MailGuard enables small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) to have the same email management and protection as larger organisations without the capital expense, ongoing running costs and technical expertise required to facilitate and manage server based products. Targeted at small to medium organisations, MailGuard requires a minimal initial investment and monthly fee per mailbox. Customers can be fully protected utilising the most sophisticated triple anti-virus/anti-spam solution available by MailGuard within 24 hours. Today, MailGuard protects over 20,000 people against viruses, spam and hackers as well as providing email filtering/management and usage reports and a unique email archiving solution. MailGuard clients in Australia include Melbourne Zoo, Asian Pacific Building Corporation, Australian Football League, Cubit Media Research, Multiplex Constructions, Porsche Cars Australia, Bakers Delight, Australian Retailers Association, Autobarn, Quiksilver International and Berry Street. MailGuard sets sight on tripling channel numbers 2003-07-11T21:58:00Z mailguard-sets-sight-on-tripling-channel-numbers MailGuard Pty Limited, Australias first and leading provider of outsourced email anti-virus, anti-spam and content filtering solutions, has launched a Channel Partner recruitment drive following a dramatic increase in demand for its outsourced email management services. MailGuard is focused on tripling its channel partner numbers as take-up of its services continues to grow. We are seeking additional channel partners in FY2004," said Craig McDonald, Channels Director. The new partners will include Internet Service Providers, IT consultants, security resellers, as well as other non-IT specialist SME resellers, that wish to provide the highest level of protection for their customers, broaden their portfolio and generate a recurring monthly revenue stream. We know that MailGuard can offer significant advantages for businesses in terms of time and cost saving, security and productivity, said McDonald. The challenge is to identify and address the potential market to ensure awareness and understanding of how MailGuard works. This is where our channel partners are crucial. The companys services have been structured to be especially attractive to small to medium enterprises (SMEs), which are experiencing the greatest challenges in obtaining effective IT support and proactive network security. MailGuard clients do not need to purchase any hardware or software, and require no technical expertise or installation. MailGuard has a two-tier Channel Partner Program - MailGuard Service Providers (MSP) and MailGuard Resellers. The two types of MailGuard Channel Partners generate different revenues for their levels of support and management activity. MSPs offer a comprehensive security solution directly to their customers by providing two or more of MailGuards operational functions and receive a percentage of ongoing revenue for sales, support, billing and hosting. MailGuard Resellers receive an upfront fee and monthly revenue for referring clients; they are not involved in any support, billing or hosting. Offering and implementing MailGuard to my clients has resulted in more than just attractive additional revenue for us, said Dale Patterson, Director of ThinkTech Pty Ltd, a MailGuard Service Provider. Our clients peace of mind is assured when it comes to all aspects of security 24 hours a day, without ThinkTech having to undertake any of the monitoring or notification work. The cost model works well for the client and us, and a number of clients have already told us that MailGuard has paid for itself many times over. ThinkTech and MailGuard are both heroes in an age where we must all filter everything coming into our networks. The MailGuard email management and filtering solution is suitable for companies with one through to thousands of email users. Today, MailGuard services over 15,000 users and filters in excess of 200,000 emails daily throughout Australia and globally. These organisations include the AFL, Multiplex Constructions, Quiksilver International, Bakers Delight, Australia Wide Airlines (REX) and Sakata Rice Snacks Australia. MailGuard requires a minimal initial investment starting at $199.00 plus a monthly fee of up to $5.50 per staff email address, depending on the number of users. Clients can be fully protected by MailGuard utilising the most sophisticated anti-virus/ anti-spam/ content filtering solution available, 24 hours a day. Every week MailGuard saves its clients thousands of dollars by improving productivity, and eliminating virus-related downtime and data loss, by filtering emails at the Internet before they arrive at the local network. MailGuard is launching two new services in September 2003 to meet growing demand from clients wishing to monitor and manage staff access to the Internet as well as a simple solution for archiving email an increasingly important aspect of business record keeping. Potential MailGuard Service Providers and MailGuard Resellers are encouraged to contact MailGuard on 1300 30 44 30. - END About MailGuard MailGuard is a 100% Australian owned and operated company focusing solely on protecting businesses from viruses and unwanted emails without any user management requirements. MailGuards cost-effective solution eliminates viruses and unwanted mail at the Internet before they enter a companys network. MailGuard enables small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) to have the same email management and protection as larger organisations without the capital expense, ongoing running costs and technical expertise required to facilitate and manage server based products. MailGuard requires a minimal initial investment and monthly fee per mailbox. Customers can be fully protected by MailGuard utilising the most sophisticated anti-virus/ anti-spam/ content filtering solution available within 24 hours. Today, MailGuard protects over 15,000 users against viruses, spam and hackers as well as providing email filtering/management and usage reports. MailGuard clients in Australia include Melbourne Zoo, Asian Pacific Building Corporation, AFL, Cubit Media Research, Multiplex Constructions, Bakers Delight, Australian Retailers Association, Rivers (Shoes), Quiksilver International, and Australia Wide Airlines (REX). For more information about MailGuard, visit the company's website at www.mailguard.com.au MailGuard protects over 400 Australian businesses against Palyh 2003-05-20T10:00:00Z mailguard-protects-over-400-australian-businesses-against-palyh MailGuard, Australias first and leading provider of outsourced email anti-virus, anti-spam and content filtering solutions for the SME market, has been busy over the last couple of days protecting tens of thousands of PC users against the new worm virus spreading rapidly throughout Australia. Going by the two names of Palyh and Mankx, the virus has been identified as coming from a forged address, . "MailGuard first stopped this (at the time unnamed) virus at approx 5:50pm (EST) Sunday evening. It was stopped as a suspicious attachment, and was flagged to our security engineers. During this time, we successfully stopped hundreds of examples of this virus from infecting our clients during the 18 hours until the fist signature release was available from anti-virus companies at 11:49am Monday (EST)," said Andrew Johnson, MailGuards Marketing Director. "This is a traditional mass mailing email worm using the address book and our antivirus solution has been able to halt the worm successfully." Between 2.00 to 3.00 pm yesterday [19 May 2003], MailGuards filtering system detected (and blocked) that 1 in every 125 messages contained the Palyh. Our UK and USA counterparts peaked at 1 in every 474 messages yesterday showing that Palyh appears to have taken Australia particularly by surprise, said Johnson. "The spread of these viruses is frightening. Only last week we were sitting at 1in 600 messages being viral, whereas today between Fizzer-A and Palyh we have peaked at 1 in every 85 messages containing a virus". Where many large organisations are protected because their systems block the .pif file extension, small to medium enterprises could be impacted because no advanced virus or filtering solution is in place. "You could say that curiosity could get the better of some of these smaller organisations which will trigger (and has triggered) the virus into its malicious activity," said Johnson. MailGuard filters over 200,000 emails daily and today protects over 14,000 users against viruses, spam and email attacks. Some of the organisations MailGuard is protecting against Palyh include the Australian Football League, Multiplex Construction, Bakers Delight, Melbourne Zoo, Australian Business Limited, Australian Retailers Association, Australian Film Institute, Rivers (Shoes), Quiksilver International and Berry Street. MailGuard does not expect a variation of the worm to develop and is confident that its detection levels will continue to protect every single user within its client base. - END About MailGuard MailGuard is a 100 per cent Australian owned and operated company focusing solely on protecting businesses from viruses and unwanted emails without any user management requirements. The companys cost-effective solution eliminates viruses and unwanted mail at the Internet before they enter a companys network. MailGuard enables small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) to have the same email management and protection as larger organisations without the capital expense, ongoing running costs and technical expertise required to facilitate and manage server based products. Targeted at small to medium organisations, MailGuard requires a minimal initial investment and monthly fee per mailbox. Customers can be fully protected utilising the most sophisticated anti-virus/anti-spam solution available by MailGuard within 24 hours. Today, MailGuard protects over 10,000 users against viruses, spam and hackers as well as providing email filtering/management and usage reports. MailGuard clients in Australia include Melbourne Zoo, Asian Pacific Building Corporation, AFL, Cubit Media Research, Multiplex Constructions, Australian Film Institute, Bakers Delight, Australian Retailers Association, Rivers (Shoes), Quiksilver International and Berry Street. For more information about MailGuard, visit the company's website at www.mailguard.com.au MailGuard protects 300th organisation 2003-02-21T16:04:00Z mailguard-protects-300th-organisation MailGuard, Australias first and leading provider of outsourced email anti-virus, anti-spam and content filtering solutions, has secured its 300th customer with Bakers Delight selecting MailGuard to manage and filter all its users incoming and outgoing email. The buoyant company is forecasting sales will double in the next six months bolsted by a growing number of overseas organisations utilising the Australian companys services. MailGuard is currently filtering over 150,000 emails every day. This number is expected to grow to 200,000 by March 2003. The company has experienced a strong and growing demand for its fully managed solution over the last 12 months as companies increasingly become aware of the costs resulting from viruses and spam entering companies networks, or confidential documents leaving. Bakers Delight is Australasia's largest and oldest bakery franchise. Head office employs over 200 personnel to service the needs of its hundreds of franchisees. The business case for adopting MailGuards solution was just too strong to ignore, said Peter Carrodus, Bakers Delight IT Manager. Today, we have over 200 users all comprehensively protected from viruses and junk mail 24 hours a day. Desktop anti-virus just isnt enough anymore but with MailGuard automatically updated every 10 minutes, we have been virus and spam free since adopting the service. Carrodus believes email security is a very specialised area that is costly to have inhouse. MailGuards service-based model works well for us, delivers comprehensive filtering solutions and, in addition, is actually saving Bakers Delight money in both resources and productivity time, he says. Andrew Johnson, MailGuard Marketing Director, said, Today, unwanted emails [viruses, worms, spam, pornography, etc], and email usage is a key concern within all organisations whether there are two or 2,000 users. It is essential to have the ability to filter certain types of email and flag these for the attention of management. Industry verticals which have embraced the MailGuard solution include HR/recruitment, shipping (freight forwarders, custom brokers) and the commercial development/ construction segment. These three vertical markets incorporate 45 per cent of the companys client base. Two years ago, the primary concern was on the anti-virus side of things. Today, junk and spam mail, as well as managing the types of emails entering and leaving the organisation, are the driving forces behind companies email management strategies, said Johnson. The company is driven by the knowledge that, in todays business environment, email is just as (and often more) important as an organisations phone system. To address these concerns, in October 2002, MailGuard launched SpamGuard to provide significant enhancements to its previous MailGuard junk mail filter. The new solution allows for intelligent quarantine, deletion, send, delay or send a copy to a specific email address. MailGuard does not censor an organisations email, we provide simple tools to effectively manage what comes in and out, says Johnson. The customer reaction has been overwhelming. Paul Bamford, Melbourne Zoos IT Manager, was one of the early adopters of the MailGuard solution. The zoos network of 270 users, spread across Healesville Sanctuary, Werribee and Melbourne Zoo sites, has benefited from the MailGuard service. MailGuard just keeps ticking in the background, stopping viruses and spam. I havent had to do anything and can now address the goals of the organisation and focus our efforts in this area. Today, we are also using MailGuard for content filtering and managing large attachments. Companies may update their anti-virus software, at the desktop level, regularly but a delay of days or even hours can prove disastrous, Johnson said, MailGuard overcomes this by utilising three anti-virus filters, all automatically updating every 10 minutes, 24x7, without the need to buy another box, or install any software. From $2.95 per user per month, Johnson states that his company provides the best available protection within Australia against sophisticated viruses and junk mail 24 hours per day. With network administrators bearing the brunt of email-related problems and with one in four spending more than an hour each day managing spam, an organisation such as MailGuard is proving to save thousands of dollars weekly for hundreds of Australian organisations by stopping the emails at the Internet before they arrive at the our clients networks door steps, concluded Johnson. - END About MailGuard MailGuard is a 100 per cent Australian owned and operated company focusing solely on protecting businesses from viruses and unwanted emails without any user management requirements. The companys cost-effective solution eliminates viruses and unwanted mail at the Internet before they enter a companys network. MailGuard enables small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) to have the same email management and protection as larger organisations without the capital expense, ongoing running costs and technical expertise required to facilitate and manage server based products. Targeted at small to medium organisations, MailGuard requires a minimal initial investment and monthly fee per mailbox. Customers can be fully protected utilising the most sophisticated anti-virus/anti-spam solution available by MailGuard within 24 hours. Today, MailGuard protects over 10,000 users against viruses, spam and hackers as well as providing email filtering/management and usage reports. MailGuard clients in Australia include Melbourne Zoo, Asian Pacific Building Corporation, AFL, Cubit Media Research, Multiplex Constructions, Australian Film Institute, Bakers Delight, Australian Retailers Association, Rivers (Shoes), Quiksilver International and Berry Street. For more information about MailGuard, visit the company's website at www.mailguard.com.au.