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STAMP initiative for advanced protection of e-mail

Secure Computing Corporation : 22 October, 2008  (New Product)
Secure Computing launches initiative for enhanced e-mail protection based on the use of seven technologies
Secure Computing has unveiled a new initiative called "STAMP" (Seven Technologies for Advanced Mail Protection)-- designed to comprehensively improve email security by bringing market research, industry architecture requirements and solutions to the forefront. Organisations are faced with a plethora of email challenges, many of which negatively impact businesses and productivity. This includes spam surges, malware threats, sensitive information leaks, and compliance and audit demands. The STAMP initiative provides the marketplace with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the issues, identifies and highlights essential architectural components, and takes a comprehensive look at tools, technologies and solutions necessary to stamp out corporate email risk.

Based on extensive customer experience, a commissioned study from IDC focused on determining how companies are responding to messaging use, and global threat data from, Secure Computing has identified the core security components and architecture necessary to effectively combat spam, data leakage and blended threats. The company's objective is to leverage its security expertise and ongoing research to help businesses implement a proactive security architecture that can protect their environments as existing messaging threats increase and new threats arise.

Mike Smart, senior product manager at Secure Computing, said: "Our recent survey confirms that organisations are not doing enough to stay safe. Unfortunately they are depending on last generation solutions from multiple vendors to fight organised cyber criminals. Even in today's challenging economic times, the study shows that executives recognise the importance of email security and organisations are willing to invest in new solutions. Our initiative provides information and resources that help organisations understand the evolving threat environment and take steps to proactively protect themselves."

The survey found that while inbound threats have evolved only a small portion of organisations are well protected. Unfortunately, 60 per cent of organisations were found to be performing dismally and allowing more than 5 per cent of email spam into the network. Additionally, nearly half of organisations suffered email data leaks, and while most organisations were very concerned about this, only 28 per cent have taken steps to alleviate risk. Finally, the survey discovered that organisations are looking for better ways of delivering email security, and over half of the respondents believed that a hybrid solution approach would deliver the best email security for both inbound and outbound threats.

Secure Computing has identified the following seven key requirements for addressing today's evolving messaging threats effectively and as cost-effectively as possible:.

1 Real-time, multi-protocol reputation-based messaging security, providing zero hour protection, reduced bandwidth and archiving costs.
2 Multi-tiered inbound defenses, including global and local intelligence to deliver 99.5 percent effectiveness.
3 Complete content detection--both structured and unstructured--resulting in privacy and intellectual property protection.
4 Robust encryption and other compliance actions based upon policy, ensuring compliance and lowering risk of theft.
5 Integrated inbound and outbound protection solution, thus reducing costs and improving efficiency.
6 A hybrid security application delivery architecture, enabling choice or mix of on-premise, hosted and virtualised solutions for greater business agility and flexibility.
7 Enterprise-ready, best-of-breed solution approach, combining scalability with stability, ease of administration and robust reporting capabilities to maximise and prove ROI to management.

The STAMP initiative has been driving Secure Computing's next-generation messaging gateway appliance development. And in conjunction with the launch, the company is announcing Secure Mail 6.7.1. Highlights of the new version of Secure Mail include:.

1 Unprecedented inbound mail protection - Secure Mail 6.7.1 delivers guaranteed inbound mail protection. Not only does 6.7.1 guarantee 99 per cent spam detection accuracy, but Secure Mail's best practice configurations employ real-time dynamic spam classifier and threat response updates that take advantage of the TrustedSource multi-protocol reputation ratings. The new version reacts faster than any other solution to deliver zero-hour threat detection and is the only solution to guarantee effectiveness.

2 Complete data loss prevention for email - Secure Mail provides complete data loss prevention for email. Out of the box, 6.7.1 now delivers protection for both privacy and intellectual property. By bundling with Secure Mail's Advanced Compliance engine (previously available separately), 6.7.1 basic email protection boasts five content detection techniques, seven extensible policy actions, and multiple encryption options.

3 Administrative empowerment - Secure Mail is built to empower mail administrators to deliver rapid ROI and investment protection without compromising security or compliance requirements. Secure Mail 6.7.1 boosts scalability by offering 200 percent performance improvement over previous versions of Secure Mail. In addition, it is the first delivery of Secure Computing's Hybrid Delivery Architecture for Email. Customers purchasing email protection on 6.7.1 will have full service portability to future Secure Mail virtual appliance and hosted service offerings, providing ongoing investment protection. Secure Mail 6.7.1 features enhanced administrative usability and reporting, allowing administrators to improve compliance and regulatory reporting.

Secure Computing will provide customers and partners with an in-depth dive into the state of email security in a multi-city world tour, beginning in Washington DC on October 28, 2008. Each presentation will deliver new study findings about how enterprises are dealing with today's risks, and provide recommendations on closing the gap between today's business requirements and today's business practices. Participants will learn how STAMP can keep them in front of spam surges, information leaks and compliance requirements.
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