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Advance Information - SPAM Survey results due out on Monday 10 November 2003.

Results spokesperson available from 9.00am on Monday 10 November 2003.


In advance of Friday’s announcement that the European Union is implementing the Electronic Communications and Privacy Law (Directive 2002/58/EC) in all EU member states enforcing the regulation of Unsolicited Commercial email, Sybari Software is currently conducting its own survey of corporate European IT administrators and will be announcing its results on Monday 10 November, 2003.

Sybari expects the results to establish the following:

• to what level European businesses are prepared for the new laws;

• business interpretations of SPAM and the impact of the new law;

• an evaluation of business’s understanding of enforcement mechanisms throughout the EU;

• the technological hardware and software implications to business.

There is a lot of discussion about whether European Regulation alone is enough to protect Europeans from spam from other countries outside of the EU. Many people believe European spam regulation will provide all parties with greater legal certainty and that together with future developments in the technological area, it would provide end users and enterprises with a more solid solution in their battle against spam. This is the main reason why Sybari Software elected to survey European businesses regarding Directive 58 as it believes that technology, in addition to the new law, is essential in maintaining an individual’s privacy.

“Spam regulation is very hot right now and although legislative measures to fight against spam are welcomed, we recognize that legislation only will not protect corporations and individuals from the enormous amount of Unsolicited Commercial email that they receive each day,” says Troy Swanson, secure messaging analyst at Sybari Software.

He continues, “Spam is proving to be very costly and to now carry malicious code and create privacy concerns. The potential risks in security and now, due to Directive 58, liability are threatening the case for email to continue being the preeminent corporate communication medium. The far reaching implications of Directive 58 will intensify this situation and companies like Sybari must begin to educate end users and large network operators on the risks and implications. The objective for Sybari, as a technology provider, is to offer in our anti-spam software, robust technologies that are easy for companies to administer and enforce corporate, national and European level security and privacy policies.”

about the law:

As the European Union has debated for several years regarding the best method of protecting citizens from Unsolicited Commercial email, the European Parliament approved the final draft of the opt-in solution of the Electronic Communications Directive on May 30, 2002 including important implications in relation to traffic data retention, cookies and spam. The new directive bans the use of spam email, for purposes of direct marketing to individuals except if

1. The recipient has given prior consent or “opted in” to receive the email or

2. The recipient is an existing customer of the sender and is given an opportunity to “opt out” from receiving marketing emails at the time their contact information is initially collected in connection with a purchase of a product or service and on each subsequent message

about Sybari Software:

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. Antigen is distributed in more than 50 countries via Sybari's worldwide locations and distribution network. Sybari is headquartered in New York with an operational EMEA headquarters in Madrid, Spain and additional offices in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Dubai, Singapore, Australia Japan and the Netherlands. More information about Sybari can be found at:

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