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.

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