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June 29, 2010

Crossbeam and Sophos Team on Delivering Real-time Email Security

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Large Enterprises and service providers can heave a sigh of relief to learn that there is a solution to address their email security concerns. A strategic partnership announced by Crossbeam Systems and Sophos is for delivery of high-performance email security on Crossbeam’s (News - Alert) X series platform.

It is commonly known that nearly 90 percent of email generated falls in the category of spam. Email is being used as the primary vector that is causing system infection and data loss that is leading to expensive cleanup. The need of the hour is data protection and to avoid spam, phishing and malware. The conventional method of providing network security by adding proprietary boxes is not only expensive due to high cost of ownership and high operational costs, the energy consumption is high, data center space is wasted and fault finding is cumbersome. The datacenter security has become quite complex.
Sophos PureMessage prevents spam and viruses from entering the network and it permits organizations to enforce a communications policy across the business. This anti-spam technology can keep inboxes free of unsolicited bulk emails. It also checks email traffic passing through the email server and provides an extra level of protection against mass-mailing worms and viruses.
Through this way virus can be stopped from entering the network at the gateway and spreading within the network. A network is most likely to receive a virus through the email gateway than through any other route. Hence a single point protection against security threat is quite effective. PureMessage has been certified to run on Crossbeam’s X series platform.
X series delivers high performance, low-latency security at a very low cost and is being used by more than 900 leading enterprises. According to Steve Munford, CEO at Sophos, they will be able to extend their services because of the certification received by PureMessage for its use on Crossbeam’s X platform. This certification is expected to be completed by Q3 2010.
In related news, Adif selected Fortinet's (News - Alert) FortiMail as its email security platform.

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Juliana Kenny

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