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Symantec Goes After Email Security

January 25th, 2005

Symantec made big news as it announced the creation of its first email security appliance earlier this week. The Symantec Mail Security 8000 line confirms what security insiders have known for years – email is one of the most open gateways to any organization – something Symantec intends to fix.

The Mail Security 8000 appliance line is Symantec’s first appliance, however Symantec has worked closely with other companies such as IronPort – which licenses Symantec’s Brightmail AntiSpam engine and AntiVirus engine for its C-series appliances.

“In the short term, it´s a good opportunity for Symantec. It provides another channel for Symantec to sell its antivirus software into,” said Brian Burke, an information security research manager with IDC. “But in the long run, I clearly expect them to compete and the relationship to go away.”

The Mail Security 8000 line will have 2 products at launch: the 8100 and the 8200. The 8100 line is largely intended to reduce unwanted email volume. The only product in the 8100 line initially will be the 8160 appliance, which will retail for $4,995.

In addition, Symantec will be launching 2 models in the 8200 series. The 8200 series is targeted at reducing spam while also integrating antispam, antivirus and an email firewall into the gateway.

“The 8200 series will spot 95 percent of the spam at the gateway and deliver only one false positive per one million e-mails,” said Daniel Freeman, Symantec´s secure e-mail solutions product manager.

The first model, the 8240, is designed for medium sized companies of less than a thousand employees. The 8260 is designed for companies with more than a thousand employees. The 8240 will retail for $1,995 while the higher end model will sell for $4,995. Both prices exclude content subscription licenses.

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