Readers' Choice Awards '08: IT Security Products of the Year


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Antispam, antiphishing, email antivirus, content filtering and archiving


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Readers awarded the bronze medal for email security to Google, which acquired Postini last September. The hosted solution scored well in its ability to block spam and other malware, as well as its ease of use and integration with existing messaging applications.

The service stops spam, viruses, phishing, denial-of-service and directory harvest attacks. Its multilayered protection includes heuristic and signature-based detection, and it provides detailed quarantine summary reporting to administrators through a Web console.

Delivered on the software-as-a-service model (SaaS), the service doesn't require hardware or software, which reduces IT resource requirements and can relieve management headaches.

Postini says its patented architecture ensures no delays or disruptions to email service, no matter how high spam volumes reach.

Google, in February, released messaging services that streamline Postini's assorted services into three basic bundles, for Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise.

NOTABLE Google made another foray into security via acquisition last year, acquiring Green Border, whose antimalware technology operates as a sandbox for Web browsing.

This was first published in April 2008

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