Best Messaging Security Products 2011

Readers' Choice Awards 2011

Best Messaging Security Products 2011

Readers vote on the best antispam, antiphishing, email antivirus and antimalware filtering, software and appliance products, as well as hosted "in-the-cloud" email security services.

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Trend Micro InterScan Messaging Security Suite

Trend Micro

Readers awarded the gold medal to Trend Micro InterScan Messaging Security Suite. The software scored well overall, but particularly in the category of end-user transparency and ease of use. Readers also liked the product’s ability to detect and block spam, phishing attempts, viruses and spyware in messaging traffic. It also won high marks for ease of installation, configuration and administration.

InterScan Messaging Security Suite uses cloud-based Web and email reputation technologies to block spam and email threats at the messaging gateway. It also uses signatures and heuristics to stop spam, phishing and other threats. The product is designed to simplify administration with LDAP integration, delegated administration, message tracking and end-user queue management.

The software also offers inbound and outbound content filtering to block inappropriate content and prevent compliance violations and the loss of sensitive data. Optional email encryption allows organizations to protect sensitive emails. Trend Micro also offers InterScan Messaging Security Suite as a virtual appliance or hosted service.

Expert's market reflection:
“Most vendors are continuing to build out their offerings to provide combined protection across a range of messaging products, including instant messaging and Web 2.0 applications, to thwart attacks that use a blended combination of these vectors. These capabilities should be tightly integrated, preferably through a common management console.”
— Fran Howarth, a senior analyst with Bloor Research

Barracuda Spam and Virus Firewall

Barracuda Networks
Readers gave the silver to Barracuda Spam and Virus Firewall, rating the product highly for its ability to detect and block spam, phishing attempts, viruses and spyware in messaging traffic. They also liked its integration with existing messaging applications and end-user transparency/ease of use. They feel they’re getting their money’s worth with the product. The Barracuda Spam and Virus Firewall works to block spam and viruses while also providing outbound filtering to prevent loss of confidential or sensitive data. It provides 12 layers of defense, including IP reputation analysis, virus scanning, Bayesian analysis, and sender authentication.

Cisco IronPort Email Security Appliances

Cisco Systems
Cisco IronPort Email Security Appliances won the bronze with high scores from readers for their ability to detect and block spam, phishing attempts, viruses and spyware in messaging traffic. Readers also rate the appliances highly for their end-user transparency/ease of use, and integration with existing messaging applications. Cisco IronPort Email Security Appliances feature spam protection, data loss prevention, virus defense, and email encryption tracking and reporting tools. Cisco also offers its IronPort Email Security technology on cloud-based, hybrid or managed models.