Trend Micro introduces enterprise spam prevention service



Trend Micro, Inc announced the introduction of its Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service for enterprise networks. The service is designed to block non-productive and malicious spam at the Internet gateway and interoperates seamlessly with the company’s other antivirus and content security products. Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service provides another level of spam protection, working with Trend Micro eManager?, a content filtering application, to ensure the highest level of spam prevention.

Gartner analysts predict that left unchecked, spam will comprise over 50 percent 
of corporate e-mail by 2004. Spamming has become relatively easy since e-mail protocols are easier to forge, user addresses are simple to harvest, and there is
virtually no cost involved with sending out spam. 

Additionally, spammers are devising new ways to fool classic detection methods, which are based on key words or Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) identifiers. As a result, organizations face the increased waste of resources like e-mail storage space, network bandwidth, and man-hours used to identify and deal with unwelcome e-mails, as well as the increased potential of malware or computer viruses being introduced into their networks inside of
spam. 

‘Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service is a very effective anti-spam product,’ said the IT Messaging Manager of a large Hollywood film studio. ‘We are evaluating the Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service, and it catches almost all of our incoming junk e-mail. We were surprised at the volume of spam flooding our end-users, and are excited to be able to monitor and manage it.’

This Trend Micro service is based on heuristic technology anti-spam filtering rules provided by Postini, Inc, a leading e-mail security service provider, who analyzes nearly 50 million messages a day for enterprise clients worldwide. Heuristic technology is the science of calculating the probability that a particular message is spam based on the collective occurrence of a set of characteristics of the message. 

Once a message is defined as spam, Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service enables IT security administrators to take pre-defined actions, such as tagging, delivering or re-routing the message. IT security administrators can also configure spam prevention sensitivity in five categories: hate mail, get-rich-quick solicitations, messages containing sexual content, bulk mail, or commercial spam. This level of user-configuration allows customers to apply the level of granularity to spam detection that they need, while offering the most optimal performance possible based on these user-defined filtering rules. Beta test results suggest that Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service can potentially block 90-95 percent or more of spam, with a very low occurrence of incorrectly identifying messages as
spam.

‘We developed this anti-spam solution because we believe that the most effective place to implement anti-spam policy is the same as it is for viruses and other malicious code at the Internet gateway,’ said Goh Chee Hoh, RSM, Trend Micro. ‘In addition, we see spam techniques evolving at such a rapid pace that we are delivering this additional, extremely effective technology solution that can adapt quickly as threats emerge. Our goal with this service is to do what Trend Micro
has always done best; provide the most effective, high performance content security solutions at the gateway. ‘ 

Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service is the latest service offering to be added to Trend Micro’s Enterprise Protection Strategy (EPS), an industry-unique approach that addresses mixed-threat attacks by delivering threat-specific prevention.

DQW News Bureau

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