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Sybari and Commtouch sign alliance to deliver

new solution for eliminating spam from the enterprise

- Introducing Sybari Advanced Spam Defense (ASD) -


East Northport, NY (October 8, 2003) - Sybari Software, Inc., the authority in secure messaging and collaboration, today announced the launch of a strategic alliance with Commtouch® Software Ltd, a global developer and provider of proprietary enterprise anti-spam solutions, to deliver Sybari Advanced Spam Defense (ASD), a stand-alone, server based, and real-time spam detection service and solution for the enterprise running on Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SMTP Servers. The Sybari ASD offers enterprise customers all-inclusive spam detection via two pioneering technologies, the Sybari ASD Spam Detection Service Center and the stand-alone Sybari ASD Enterprise Gateway Module, both of which are powered by Commtouch.


The Sybari ASD Service Centre provides real-time spam detection services to enterprise customers by maintaining constant communication with anti-spam Gateways installed on-site at the customer’s location. The Sybari ASD Enterprise Gateway Module is a software agent that can be installed directly onto the enterprise mail server or on a dedicated machine communicating with the enterprise mail server. The Gateway communicates with the Service Centre for accurate and proactive Spam detection of non-trusted messages that fail classification during local Spam detection.


Miguel Canales, Product Manager, Sybari Software said. ‘Spam continues to place a huge burden on corporations worldwide virtually causing system shutdowns, productivity losses, and a demand for additional IT resources. Through our alliance with Commtouch and the release of Sybari Advanced Spam Defense, we are enabling our customers to scan messages for Spam in real-time and independent of content, through these expert engineered technologies. Our customers demand a highly scalable anti-spam solution, which is developed on the same knowledge and skill as our Antigen solutions. In Commtouch we found the same level of dedication to developing best of breed solutions that will support and meet the needs of our customers.’


Gideon Mantel, Commtouch CEO, said ‘We are delighted to be working with Sybari to provide their customers with best of breed spam prevention technology. Our unique patent pending spam detection technology, coupled with Sybari’s leading position in the messaging and collaboration security market, delivers an unbeatable solution for Microsoft Exchange users globally.’


The solution will be resold by HP as part of its relationship with Sybari. Tony Redmond, vice president and chief technology officer, HP Services said ‘Innovation is special to HP and we always like to identify innovative solutions from our partners that can help address our customers’ technology and business issues. Sybari has a strong track record of technical breakthrough in the Microsoft Exchange antivirus market and we're delighted to see them team with the analytical spam detection engine from Commtouch to produce excellent protection for enterprise e-mail systems.’


about Sybari’s Advanced Spam Defense (ASD):

The Sybari ASD includes several unique features that allow corporations to control the amount of spam entering their corporate networks. The features include enabling IT Managers to implement published, enterprise wide corporate policies by predefining enforced rules regarding what content employees may receive at work while still allowing exception groups to be defined for employees that need to be excluded from select enterprise wide rules. Spammers cannot get past the Sybari ASD by using a variety of keyword combinations, applying different spellings to common words or by sending non text-based messages such as graphic images and other rich-media formats. The Sybari ASD also receives input about spam from multiple sources including spam targeted at specific markets or functions within the organisation and identifies sources of spam, allowing enterprise customers to block access.



Sybari ASD Features

• Over 95% detection rates with minimal false positives.

• Real-time detection of new spam attacks with no need to wait for database update deliveries.

• Language and format independent detection.

• Central management capabilities.

• Minimal IT maintenance and overhead combined with a fully customizable e-mail application.

• Ability to set spam filtering rules to groups.

• Integration of spam filtering with corporate Directory.

• Ability to set flexible spam filtering rules for the individual user.

• End users can review their own quarantined data, as well as modify their own anti-

spam rules.


'Sybari once again hits one out-of-the-park with their comprehensive spam solution for Exchange-Windows Server environments,’ said Stephen Phifer, University of Missouri Exchange Email Administration. ’In addition to super spam filtering with virtually no false-positives, Sybari's ASD product adds the 'bells and whistles' for which Exchange Administrators have been waiting. If you've been holding off on implementing a spam protection solution until you have a comprehensive tool which integrates with Active Directory, supports auto-foldering of suspect mail, manages user opt-ins/opt-outs, provides support for Outlook, OWA, POP and IMAP, and includes an easy interface for monitoring and reporting, then you no longer have an excuse not to act.’


about Sybari:

Since 1995, Sybari has led the market in providing innovative solutions that protect leading messaging and collaboration environments from viruses and security threats. Today over 8 million messaging and collaboration platform users are virus and spam free as a direct result of Sybari's flagship Antigen technology. Sybari's Antigen is unsurpassed in providing protection of critical messaging environments, and its unique architecture institutes a preemptive line of defense from viruses and malicious code. As messaging and collaboration systems advance so do the threats plaguing them, leading Sybari to establish a set of enterprise level anti-spam tools to further secure corporate networks. Antigen and Sybari solutions for Microsoft Exchange, Antigen for SharePoint Portal Server, and Antigen for Lotus Domino are distributed in more than 50 countries via Sybari's worldwide locations and distribution network. Sybari is headquartered in East Northport, New York with an EMEA h
eadquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and additional offices in Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Dubai, Singapore, Australia, and Japan. Sybari’s clients include Amazon.com, HP, Con Edison, Dell, Deloitte & Touche, Eastman Chemical, Getronics, JD Power, London Underground, Lufthansa, Mayo Foundation, Merrill Lynch, Nortel, Pirelli, Reckitt Benckiser, Sony, Superdrug, ConocoPhillips, US Federal Government, and Visa. Sybari’s many strategic partners include Lotus Development (NYSE:IBM), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Commtouch® (NASDAQ: CTCH), Dell Computer Corporation (NASDAQ: DELL), IMLogic, Inc., Computer Associates (NYSE:CA), HP (NYSE:HPQ), Kaspersky Labs, Sophos, Inc., Perot Systems Corporation (NYSE: PER) and Norman Data Defense Systems (Oslo Bors: NOR).


Sybari and Antigen are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sybari Software, Inc. All other company or product names mentioned are used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.


About Commtouch Software Ltd.

Commtouch Software Ltd. is a developer and provider of proprietary anti-spam solutions. The company's core technologies reflect its dozen years of experience as a leading vendor of email software applications and provider of global messaging services. Commtouch is headquartered in Netanya, Israel and its subsidiary, Commtouch Inc., is based in Mountain View, CA. The company was founded in 1991 and has been publicly traded since 1999 (NASDAQ: CTCH - News). To learn more about Commtouch's solutions, visit our web site at http://www.commtouch.com.

Note: Commtouch® is a registered trademark of Commtouch Software Ltd. Other terms and product names in this ocument may be trademarks of others.


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