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McAfee Enters Managed E-Mail Market

McAfee is continuing its aggressive push into the market for anti-spam and network security technologies with the release of a managed e-mail service for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

McAfee, known mostly for its consumer anti-virus products, said its new Managed Mail Protection service would proactively offer protection for mail servers inundated with unwanted spam, inappropriate content and virus-laden e-mails.

The launch of the service, which falls under McAfee's online managed services portfolio, comes on the heels of the company's restructuring plan to pursue a narrower focus on Internet security products and services.

"Comprehensive e-mail protection begins with a simple mail exchange record redirection to McAfee Managed Mail Protection for advanced anti-virus and anti-spam 'in the cloud' screening to protect users from e-mail threats-without the need for additional hardware or software purchases," the company said.

It allows small and medium-sized businesses to quarantine e-mail-borne spam and virus-infected attachments before they enter the network.

The service is managed and monitored by McAfee to avoid the need for in-house security resources to manage their e-mail security. It also offers access to Web-based management reports for statistical information on quarantined e-mails.

The McAfee service also comes with customizable black and white lists to allow administrators to set up acceptable and unacceptable senders of e-mail. It supports all corporate e-mail platforms (Outlook, Exchange, Lotus) and provides content filtering and policy management rules to help users delete, quarantine or forward e-mail traffic.