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SMTP Enhancements And 128-Bit Encryption Make Web-Based E-Mail Communications Safer For Companies Of All Sizes

May 7, 2002 - Responding to companies’ and organisations’ ever increasing need for secure Internet messaging solutions, Ipswitch Inc., a leading supplier of Internet productivity software, today announced it has significantly upgraded security enhancements to its SMTP capabilities for IMail Server 7.1, the latest version of its Internet messaging server for Windows NT/2000/XP. Combined with the addition of 128-bit encryption capabilities to Web messaging, IMail Server 7.1 is an ideal solution for organisations, service providers and educational institutions concerned with keeping e-mail communication confidential and private and better managing incoming and outgoing messages to reduce virus infections and spam.

E-mail security is proving to be a priority with organisations since security threats can impact business operations, customer and partner relationships, and overall reputation. “Our service provider clients can provide different tiers of service using IMail Server 7.1’s per-domain mailbox and traffic limits with the new outbound rules, adding even more strength and control,” commented Sandy Whiteman, senior systems engineer at Cypress Integrated Systems, a mail systems integrator located in New York City. “And in corporate installations, where security is a major concern, IMail Server 7.1’s content filtering, 128-bit Web messaging, and authenticated SMTP are crucial.”

A 2001 report by IDC determined IMail Server to be the leader in terms of total users of the worldwide market for standalone email application server software for enterprises with a 26 percent share for the prior year. Robert Mahowald, senior analyst with IDC, commented, “Many small and mid-sized companies need secure email products for their business-critical collaboration and communication. With other essential features and a low cost, IMail 7.1 is designed to meet that need.”

SMTP improvements add greater security, content control of inbound/outbound messages
In addition to 128-bit encryption for Web Messaging, IMail Server 7.1 has enhanced SMTP security capabilities to provide network administrators greater control of what messages are entering and leaving their networks. Administrators also route messages more efficiently with expanded filtering that prevents messages with certain words or phrases from entering or leaving the server. IMail Server 7.1 can be configured so that messages from a specified e-mail address containing a particular word can be redirected or deleted. This reduces spam and inappropriate messages, helps conserve server bandwidth and provides organisations more tools to enforce e-mail usage policies.

The addition of outbound rules can be used to prevent pre-determined content from being sent outside the network. This can be specified on a user-by-user or domain basis. For example, educational institutions, a popular IMail Server market, can allow teachers to send messages outside the network while preventing students from doing so for personal correspondence. Outbound rules can also prevent potentially obscene or threatening messages from being sent.

“Confidential Web-based e-mail communication for any company is paramount,” said Ipswitch President Roger C. Greene. “E-mail has proven to be a convenient and effective form of communication in today’s economy. Employees should feel confident that only intended recipients are reading their messages. Most e-mail messages can be intercepted and read by other people. IMail Server 7.1’s security and encryption dramatically reduce the chances of this happening.”

Added ability to reduce spam, expanded ease-of-use a bonus for Internet Service Providers
There are several additions to IMail Server 7.1 that increase efficiency and reliability, making it an attractive e-mail solution for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to provide to their customers. IMail Server 7.1 can greatly reduce spam by disallowing the creation of folders that are often byproducts of spam. Administrators also have the ability to set a maximum outbound message size to enforce service level agreements and usage policies. IMail Anti-Virus, Ipswitch’s anti-virus solution powered by Symantec’s CarrierScan™ that is fully integrated with IMail Server, can be enabled by domain, allowing service providers to increase revenue streams by charging for the service. This is especially attractive to service providers that fully use IMail Server’s unlimited domains.

Price and availability

IMail Server is available from Unipalm (01638 569600) for a list price of £787 for the 250-user version, £1174 for the 1,000-user version and £1567 for the unlimited version. An e-mail to fax option is an additional £154. Free upgrades to version 7.1 are available to anyone with a valid service agreement. Annual service agreements can be purchased for £273 for the 250-user version, £352 for the 1,000-user version and £467 for the unlimited version.

About Ipswitch

Founded in 1991, Ipswitch, Inc. develops easy-to-use, affordable, Windows-based software products that enhance the productivity of users from consumers to IT professionals. Its product family includes WS_FTP Pro, the world’s most popular FTP client, with 128-bit SSL encryption and tens of millions of users; WS_FTP Server, with 128-bit SSL encryption, the first industrial-strength, full-featured FTP server for Windows NT/2000; WhatsUp Gold, a leading network mapping, monitoring, notification and reporting tool monitoring over 23,000 customer networks worldwide; IMail Server, the leading Internet messaging server for small and medium size companies and ISPs, with 48 million seats; and IMail Anti-Virus, powered by Symantec’s CarrierScan™ and fully integrated with IMail Server, a powerful and easy to administer, all-in-one anti-virus solution - all designed to enhance mission-critical business solutions. Ipswitch products set new standards for functionality, performance, reliability and interoperability, while providing the foundation for corporate internetworking, and are available directly from Ipswitch and through distributors, resellers and OEMs worldwide.

Editor's Notes

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