F-Secure introduces advanced messaging security appliance for SMEs...

F-Secure, the anti-virus and Internet security specialist, has launched a new security appliance for the SME market to reduce reliance on web, mail and file server capacity to deal with threats.

The launch of F-Secure Messaging Security Gateway X-Series marks the companys move into the security hardware market and brings to the industry the most complete and effective email security solution to date. It combines a robust, enterprise-class messaging platform with perimeter security, anti-spam, anti-virus, secure messaging and outbound content security capabilities in an easy-to-deploy appliance.

The increasing number of attacks via email, spam, viruses, and phishing are putting many  organisations at serious risk, said Richard Hales, UK country manager at F-Secure. F-Secure Messaging Security Gateway provides an unparalleled, easy-to-use boxed solution to their email security problems, he added. Because it is specifically designed to read all traffic before it gets to other activity-specific infrastructure, the solution handles threats before they become an issue and so provides a means to keep organisations working without slowdowns or downtime.

Thomas Raschke, program manager at IDC's European Security Products and Strategies research, explains the threat landscape further: The number, frequency, and sophistication of threats such as spam, phishing, spoofing, viruses, worms, blended threats, as well as compliance issues have increased significantly in recent years and will continue to do so. This is reflected in our forecasted 62% annual growth[1] in the Western European messaging security appliance market from 2004 to 2009."

The F-Secure Messaging Security Gateway  X-Series appliance uses technology from Proofpoint, Inc., the leader in large-enterprise messaging security solutions. Together, F-Secures Anti-Virus and Proofpoint's MLX machine learning technology provide the industry's best protection against any email-borne threats.

The X-Series appliance offers SMEs all the right tools for complete messaging security:

Perimeter security: The integrated Email Firewall provides complete perimeter security, defending against denial-of-service, directory harvest and other forms of network-based attacks. The unique machine learning and SMTP traffic control features constantly monitor connections at the IP address level, looking for malicious activity. Malicious connections are automatically blocked or throttled based on fully customisable mail traffic policies, keeping networks and email users safe while preserving valuable network bandwidth.

Virus protection: F-Secures award winning anti-virus technology provides the industrys most accurate protection against viruses. In anti-virus, where speed is of utmost importance, F-Secure maintains record response times and sets the pace of development.

Spam detection: Unrivalled protection from spam and phishing attacks is ensured with the advanced machine learning technology, which analyses more than 100,000 structural and content attributes in every message to accurately identify unwanted email.

Email policy enforcement: The included Content Compliance module makes it easy for administrators to define and enforce email-use policies.

Secure messaging support: The X-Series appliance supports digital certificates and enables gateway-to-gateway secure transfer and receipt of email using the Transport Layer Security (TLS) standard. The appliance also supports optional authentication of senders and receivers via TLS.

A platform that maintains itself: The X-Series appliance provides a secure runtime environment, fine-tuned for messaging applications. The industry standard MTA makes the product more reliable than other appliances and the product maintains itself as software and firmware components are automatically kept up-to-date.

Easy to install and use: The X-Series features a small-enterprise optimised administration interface and plug and play setup wizards that enable installation in just minutes and minimise ongoing maintenance requirements.

The first X-Series appliance model, the X200, packages all these features in a hardened, easy-to-install 1U rack-mount server that delivers performance high enough to meet the needs of any SME installation with all spam, virus and email policy features enabled.

[1] IDC forecasts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 54% in revenue terms and 62% in unit terms for the Western European messaging security appliance market from 2004-2009

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