Symantec offering aims to fight spam

Symantec recently announced Symantec Brightmail Anti-Spam Version 6.0. The new solution is designed to further protect enterprises from the latest spamming techniques, by providing new non-English language filters and powerful administration enhancements.

Symantec Brightmail Anti-Spam 6.0 now includes a centralized Web-based control center, consolidated logging and reporting, and global policies that can be created on a per-user or per-group basis, the company adds.

"Symantec Brightmail Anti-Spam 6.0 demonstrates Symantec's commitment to providing its customers with the most innovative and technically proficient anti-spam solution on the market," says Enrique Salem, senior vice-president: gateway solutions, Symantec.

"With version 6.0, we have raised the bar on anti-spam technology, and dramatically improved the power of our effectiveness and accuracy, while giving our customers more control over their spam protection."

"While improving defense against spam is critical, another area of great importance to end-user organizations is creating operational efficiencies for spam defense," says Matt Cain, senior vice-president, META Group.

"Aspects such as single console management, fast and accurate reporting and troubleshooting via rolled up multi-node logs, and granular and bulk policy creation, are essential in improving spam defenses, while lowering the administrative overhead."

Symantec estimates between 10-20 percent of all global spam is non-English, making non-English spam a critical issue for any company, especially in countries where English is not the primary language. According to Symantec, Brightmail Anti-Spam 6.0 can identify messages in any of 11 languages (Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish), enabling the software to run only the filters that apply to the message's language and increasing the performance of Symantec's foreign language filtering capabilities. End-users also have the ability to define the languages in which they want to receive and/or block messages, the company adds. Symantec says that it has also added language-specific heuristics that analyze messages for language-specific characteristics of spam, which is intended to further improve effectiveness.

In addition to Symantec's non-English language filtering, the Symantec Brightmail Probe Network attracts spam from 20 different countries around the world and Symantec Brightmail Logistics and Operations Centers (BLOC) offer native language capabilities in San Francisco, Dublin, Sydney and Taipei.

"Symantec is certainly proud of the fact that, in such a short period of time, we have been able to develop extended functionality on this product, to ensure that our customers around the world are able to take advantage of this release," says Patrick Evans, regional manager at Symantec Africa.

"The increase of spam worldwide has certainly placed pressure on organizations in terms of employee productivity and virus infections. Therefore, with the release of Symantec Brightmail Anti-Spam 6.0, companies now have the opportunity to gain control and increase their security -- all in one."

The attachment signature technology included in Symantec Brightmail Anti-Spam 6.0 aims to enable the company to create filters based on a specific MIME attachment (for example, a specific pornographic image file) seen in the Probe Network. These attachment signatures are designed to protect organizations from spam with commonly appearing attachments.

The third generation URL filters included in Symantec Brightmail Anti-Spam 6.0 aim to identify spam both based on Web URLs and also using "mailto" URLs to prevent end-user replies to spammers via e-mail. This third generation technology can detect even more types of URL masking techniques, Symantec adds. The URL filters are developed based on URLs seen in the Symantec Brightmail Probe Network, a collection of millions of decoy accounts that are seeded across the Internet to attract spam, the company concludes.

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