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June 2005

E-mail Security: Symantec Mail Security 8200 series

Symantec's Symantec Mail Security 8200 series Symantec Price: Starts at $1,195 @exb Symantec's Symantec Mail Security 8200 series @exe Symantec's first e-mail security appliance, the Mail Security 8200 series, is a blend of high-quality antispam technology (Brightmail) and Symantec's antivirus server and policy-based content filtering. We tested the 8240 model, which is a hardened Unix box that sits as an inline SMTP host intercepting incoming e-mail before it hits the server. It has two IP ports for screening both inbound and outbound messages for up to 1,000 users (the 8260 supports 1,000 users and up). We sent batches of spam from actual mail received--the usual offers of prescription drugs, guaranteed loans and moneymaking schemes. The 8240 identified the messages accurately as spam and didn't flag any legitimate mail. It also deters spam attacks by using TCP traffic-shaping, which penalizes the spammer by slowing the rate at which e-mails can be sent. Reputation filters are applied to accept or reject sender IP addresses ...

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