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Frost & Sullivan Honours Clearswift for Technology Innovation in Real-time Email Security Appliance


London, July 11th 2006. The 2006 Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation in the field of real-time email security appliance is conferred on Clearswift Limited. This award recognises the company’s significant contributions towards the development of the MIMEsweeper™, an innovative simple message transfer protocol (SMTP) appliance. Based on SpamLogic™ technology, it assures zero-compromise security as well as plug-and-play manageability.

“Designed to offer real-time, bi-directional (inbound and outbound messages) e-mail security, the MIMEsweeper SMTP Appliance provides solutions that cover potential threats caused by varied types of malicious codes such as worms, viruses, spyware and ActiveX, among others,” states Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Ms. Vedavalli Rangan. “The device is preloaded with a hardened Linux operating system, with the foundation offered by Dell’s rack servers.”

“We are constantly striving to develop and refine our products to provide customers with the most comprehensive in-bound and out-bound security solution available,” comments Jon Lee, CEO at Clearswift. “We are proud that our hard work on making this an effective and easy-to-use product has been rewarded by such a well-respected organisation such as Frost & Sullivan.”

It also offers a series of defences against spam that include the Bayesian Analysis, a textual analysis that relies on the defence-in-depth approach, auto-whitelisting and real-time black listing. Further, using the tar pitting technology to delay the process of sending e-mails, hosts are prevented from spamming non-existent addresses.

“Enterprise needs of message handling and manageability are met by the granular policy management features of the appliance,” adds Ms. Rangan. “Its policy centre also facilitates the creation of customised policies based on specific requirements of enterprises, while the set of content inspection procedures offer ease of policy creation.”

With content rules and routes offering guidance for its functioning, the device inspects each message, including those that are compressed or protected by passwords. Moreover, content filtering lexicons are available for confidential material and scams, which prove to be beneficial in situations of loss of confidential data and also assist in filtering unwanted illegal e-mails.

The appliance provides a spam capture rate and false positive rate of 99 per cent and 0.01 per cent, respectively. It also offers updates and protects against spyware and phishing with the aid of the Kaspersky antivirus scanning engine that is integrated with the device. In addition, the Web-based user interface facilitates graphical report generation for mobile environments.

The implementation of the recursive traffic analysis, which unbundles embedded files, is the crucial feature that distinguishes the MIMEsweeper SMTP Appliance from similar products. In addition, the provision of auto updates provides administrators with prompts in the event of changes to the operating system or application upgrades.

The appliance is available in four hardware configurations. Of these, two belong to the enterprise series (EN series) and come with a one-year warranty.

Frost & Sullivan’s Technology Innovation Award is bestowed upon a company that has introduced an innovative technology into the market that is expected to bring significant contributions to the industry in terms of adoption, change and competitive posture.

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognise companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry.

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About Clearswift

Clearswift simplifies content security.
Our products help organizations enforce best-practice email and web use, ensuring all traffic complies with internal policy and external regulations. Our range of content filtering solutions makes it easy to deploy, manage and maintain no-compromise email and web security for both inbound and outbound traffic. Clearswift is the only vendor to offer comprehensive, policy-based content security in all three deployment methods: as software, as an appliance and as a managed service. All three platforms are designed to take the hassle out of securing internet traffic, with a clear, intuitive management interface; automatic, ‘zero-touch’ updates; powerful reporting and common-sense policy management. Twenty years of experience across 15,000 organizations has helped us raise security standards while simplifying security management at the same time. We’ve helped many of the world’s most successful organizations use the internet with confidence and are committed to staying ahead of the market and helping our customers defend against all emerging threats.


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