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Quick Takes: Anyone for some spam filtering?

Edward Hurley, News Writer

CipherTrust clamps down on IronMail

CipherTrust announced this week its IronMail e-mail gateway appliance now has a more comprehensive spam-filtering feature. Spam can be a major issue for companies as corporate mailboxes are filled with junk e-mail messages, said Steve Raber, president and chief operating officer of CipherTrust. Some companies find 40% of e-mail is filtered out.

IronMail features several methods to catch spam, including the real-time Black hole List (RBL) and Reverse Domain System (DNS). It also uses signature matching from collaborative distributed networks such as Cloud mark's Razor and the Distributed Checksum Clearinghouse.

Additionally, the product contains heuristics that analyze messages and can suggest rules for blocking messages.

Beside offering spam filtering, IronMail is a hardened proxy server that can also filter content, scan for viruses and handle e-mail encryption. Often customers buy the product just as a proxy server, the first line of defense, Raber said. But often they add additional features when they see the power of stopping problems at the gateway, he said.

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