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GFI’s Email Security Testing Zone launches new free email tests based on exploits

(PRWEB) October 26, 2003

GFI’s Email Security Testing Zone, http://www.gfi.com/emailsecuritytest/, has launched a set of new email tests. The tests enable administrators to find out free of charge if their network is protected against emails that use different exploits to try to break into and infect a system, including an email with a long subject, an attachment with no filename, an attachment with a long filename, the Popup Object Exploit and an attachment with a double file extension.

“GFI’s Email Security Testing Zone gives administrators the opportunity to test whether their networks are protected against the latest email threats,” said Sandro Gauci, security researcher at GFI. “Our new tests check if an email client is vulnerable to emails that use exploits like the Popup Object Exploit or take advantage of certain simple tricks – such as a long subject or an attachment with no filename, a long filename, or a double file extension. Emails that use such exploits are dangerous as they can circumvent client level anti-virus and/or content filtering protection, granting a malicious user unauthorized access to that machine and through it, to the network.”

“Email viruses that use email exploits to disseminate are becoming more frequent, as the recent BugBear.B and Fortnight JavaScript worm show. The traditional methods of email security are no longer enough: administrators must use sharp, multi-layered products against the latest email threats,” added Nick Galea, GFI CEO. “Products restricted to a single anti-virus engine combined with content filtering no longer suffice; an email exploit detection engine like the one included with GFI MailSecurity, is a must to combat such email attacks.”

The security tests added to GFI’s free zone are the following:


GFI LANguard Security Event Log Monitor (S.E.L.M.) 5 raises the bar for event log management

GFI LANguard Security Event Log Monitor (PRWEB) November 15, 2003

event log management

Monitors critical events on IIS, Exchange, SQL and ISA Server; supports Windows 2003

GFI LANguard Security Event Log Monitor (S.E.L.M.) 5, released today, raises the bar for Windows event log management: GFI LANguard S.E.L.M. can now scan for critical Internet Information Server (IIS), Exchange Server, SQL Server and ISA Server events, in addition to important security events. GFI LANguard S.E.L.M. enables administrators to automatically monitor critical servers in real time as it immediately notifies them of problems, permitting them to take instant corrective action.

How GFI LANguard S.E.L.M. works

GFI LANguard S.E.L.M. continuously scans the event logs of all Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 machines on a network, consolidating them into a central log for fast analysis and generating detailed activity reports. When it identifies critical events – such as network users attempting to access shares or secured files, email queues becoming too big, bad hard disk blocks, etc. – GFI LANguard S.E.L.M. 5 sends the administrator real-time alerts, thereby permitting immediate action against potential attacks and problems as they occur.

GFI LANguard S.E.L.M. detects insider hacking

GFI LANguard S.E.L.M. ships with a security event analysis engine, which allows administrators to quickly catch internal hackers.

“Internal security breaches and backdoors cost US business over $ 1 billion annually in damages. Firewalls cannot help against this. GFI LANguard S.E.L.M. combats insider hacking by continually auditing all machines on the network and alerting administrators immediately when high security events occur,” said Nick Galea, GFI CEO. “With GFI LANguard S.E.L.M. 5, administrators have a major tool in their network security arsenal and considerably more peace of mind.”

New features

Other new features in GFI LANguard S.E.L.M. 5 include:

*Windows 2003 Server compatibility (both scanning and installation – installation of MSMQ 3)

*Event analysis intelligence for SQL Server, IIS, ISA Server and Exchange Server

*Redesigned and simplified user interface

*Ability to run a command when a particular event is triggered

*Ability to send short notifications for transmission by SMS or pager

*Configuration usability enhancements, such as groups of custom rules and filter nodes grouping in the Event Viewer

*More information in event descriptions and links to GFI’s KnowledgeBase for further details

*Addition of custom rules to reduce spamming and “noise events”

*New object access report – allows administrators to monitor access to particular critical files.

Specifications, pricing and availability

GFI LANguard S.E.L.M. requires no agents or client software, has no impact on network traffic, and can be scaled to networks of thousands of servers and workstations. It is available from distributors around the world or online at the GFI site. Pricing starts at US$ 350 for a 2 server/25-workstation package. Administrators can check whether they need GFI LANguard S.E.L.M. at http://www.gfi.com/lanselm/whylanselm.htm. More product information and a free starter pack are available at http://www.gfi.com/lanselm.

About GFI

GFI is a leading provider of Windows-based network security, content security and messaging software. Key products include the GFI FAXmaker fax connector for Exchange and fax server for networks; GFI MailSecurity email content/exploit checking and anti-virus software; GFI MailEssentials server-based anti-spam software; GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner (N.S.S.), security scanning and patch management software; and GFI LANguard Security Event Log Monitor (S.E.L.M.) that performs event log based intrusion detection and network-wide event log management. Clients include Microsoft, Telstra, Time Warner Cable, Shell Oil Lubricants, NASA, DHL, Caterpillar, BMW, the US IRS, and the USAF. GFI has offices in the US, the UK, Germany, Cyprus, Romania, Australia and Malta, and operates though a worldwide network of distributors. GFI is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and has won the Microsoft Fusion (GEM) Packaged Application Partner of the Year award.

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Exploits are the new security menace warns avecho.com

(PRWEB) January 23, 2004

avecho.com has protected all of its customers from the latest phishing exploit. The emails have been stopped by ThreatCENSOR which prevents all exploits, viruses, worms and Trojans from penetrating a company’s email system.

‘Phishing’ disguises URLs so customers believe they are visiting their own online bank and enter their account details and password information. ThreatCENSOR will not deliver emails containing invalid URLS or any illegal characters, including the %01 that is commonly used to hide data.

Nick Scales, CEO of avecho.com said, ‘We provide a complete worry free email service which includes protection from all exploits and viruses. Systems administrators won’t be blamed for not updating their system with the latest patch and our users will never receive an email containing a virus, worm or exploit.’

‘The only people who do need to worry are the virus writers.’

Exploits manifest themselves in many different forms and are difficult for the traditional anti-virus solutions to prevent. The phishing exploit displays an arbitrary FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name) in the address and status bars, which is different from the actual location of the page. This is done by including illegal characters in the website URL.

About avecho.com

avecho.com provides a complete worry-free email service including email recovery and legal compliance as well as industry leading anti-spam and anti-virus from £1.00 per mailbox per month. Secure email is accessible from any location via webmail and is stored in a private searchable archive for seven years to comply with legal auditory requirements.

Available in Europe, US and the Middle East avecho.com is licensed by pioneering security technology company avecho which produces anti-virus engine GlassWall guaranteeing 100% protection from all malware.


Norton Internet Security has been released!

(PRWEB) February 1, 2004

Symantec’s Norton Internet Security 2004 provides essential protection from viruses, hackers, and privacy threats. Powerful yet easy to use, this award-winning suite now includes advanced spam-fighting software. Viruses are a daily threat, so Norton Internet Security gives you the world’s most trusted antivirus solution. Norton AntiVirus removes viruses from email messages, instant message attachments, Internet downloads, and other files automatically. Now it also alerts you to certain non-virus threats such as spyware programs and keystroke loggers that can capture confidential data and leave your computer more vulnerable. Norton Personal Firewall hides your computer on the Internet, and Norton Intrusion Detection adds an extra layer of protection by automatically blocking suspicious connections. Norton Privacy Control prevents your credit card numbers and other confidential information from being sent over the Internet without your knowledge. New Norton AntiSpam detects and flags unwanted messages while promptly delivering valid mail. It works with any POP3 email program, filtering incoming mail on multiple levels to catch even sophisticated spam. And Norton Parental Control helps you protect your children from inappropriate Web sites. Symantec’s exclusive LiveUpdate technology downloads new protection updates automatically to keep your Internet defenses at maximum strength. Protect yourself, your family, and your PC online with Norton Internet Security 2004.


SecureMost->Protect your security and privacy!

(PRWEB) March 4, 2004

Now, Internet Security has become world wide worried problem.

Please answer the following questions:

Are you receiving lots of spam emails? Have you downloaded music files from the internet? Have you installed any free program from the internet? Did you use any P2P (file sharing) program? Have you ever clicked on random pop up ads?

If the answer is Yes to any of the above then you have encountered troubles.

Maybe you have been infected by adware, spyware, or other pests.

Pests can allow unauthorized users to breach firewalls and access sensitive data by assuming the identity of authorized users. Pests can then allow unauthorized third parties and disgruntled insiders to access electronic assets (customer database, financial records, intellectual property, trade secrets), compromise existing security, destroy customer confidence, and expose individuals and organizations to litigation.

Pests have the potential to create even greater damage than viruses – including significant loss of business, legal liability, and public relations nightmares.

No network administrator would be happy to find out that intellectual property, customer data or even ownership of the corporate web site has fallen into someone else’s (unauthorized) hands.

SecureMost.com gives you access to the most powerful Internet security resources as well as plenty of solutions and utilities for Internet security and privacy.

SecureMost.com serve as a security-solution platform for numerous sufers. What you’ll find here: password recovery, online privacy protection, pc monitoring, anti-keylogger, anti-spyware, anti-virus, anti-spam and personal firewall tools. Furthermore, you can get free information to avoid bothering and attacking of spyware, adware, trojan and worm virus.

Important! We provide 24-7 support service. If you have any question about internet security or our products, you can email us to [email protected] And we will reply you as soon as possible.

We will do our best to SECURE MOST Internet surfers.

GWGuardian’s High Performance Third-Generation Multi-Layered Anti-spam Engine Offers Exceptional Gateway Security for Healthcare Institutions

Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) March 7, 2004

Messaging Architects, a provider of enterprise-class email security and enhancement software for the Novell GroupWise market, announced the release of GWGuardian 3.0, its third-generation messaging firewall. Taking into account the new trends in “spam technology,” Messaging Architects has implemented innovative methodology to eliminating spam and securing an organization’s messaging infrastructure. Adopting an aggressive approach against unsolicited mail and viruses, GWGuardian relies on an amalgamation of multiple specialized anti-spam engines that achieve astonishing results. It offers 14 different layers of protection, including the powerful Sequential Content Analyzer,™ to ensure that only legitimate messages make it to end-users’ inboxes.

“Each one of the scanning stages in GWGuardian’s multi-layered architecture is intelligently ordered to stop spam and viruses at the earliest possible step, yielding maximum CPU throughput to process more complex, often intentionally malformed messages that manage to bypass other anti-spam solutions,” said Charles Nguyen-Huu, Messaging Architects’ Director of Strategic Partnerships & eMarketing. “With the GWGuardian suite of products, Messaging Architects is able to put an end to the spam dilemma of any organization, irrespective of size or spam volume. With an out-of-the-box catch rate of 98.2% and 99.99% reliability against false positives, GWGuardian 3.0 has the power to rid your inbox of spam and viruses once and for all.”

The new version of GWGuardian also possesses the granularity to allow organizations to assign anti-spam rules by user, group, or network domain and enhanced quarantine capabilities. The new features give email administrators the flexibility to delegate quarantine management or, alternatively, to keep the process completely transparent to the end users.

“As an enterprise-class application, GWGuardian 3.0 goes beyond pure spam and virus blocking and offers an arsenal of business tools that address other pressing business problems, such as complying with federal regulations that govern the handling of personal data, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) in the healthcare,” Nguyen-Huu emphasized. “The robustness and high performance of GWGuardian 3.0 made Baptist Health-Arkansas adopt it as the solution of choice for its intensive messaging infrastructure.”

Baptist Health switched to GWGuardian in 2003 to protect its 7,500 email users dispersed throughout 40 facilities, including 4 hospitals, from spam and viruses. Previously, Baptist Health Arkansas had made two unsuccessful attempts to protect its seven GroupWise email servers from spam and viruses by using products that were unable to stop unsolicited mail and other harmful threats from entering the GroupWise system, explains Brett Cato, Network Analyst at Baptist Health.

Happy with the ability of GWGuardian to stop spam email, Baptist Health is also using the automatic disclaimer capability of GWGuardian to help it comply with HIPAA regulations with respect to the protection of patient information.

GWGuardian was extremely effective in protecting the Baptist Health email messaging infrastructure from the recent attack of the MyDoom virus. “In the past weeks, we were hit by the MyDoom virus and GWGuardian+AV delivered once again. So far, it has blocked over 14,000 instances of infected email, keeping our GroupWise servers operational and our messaging infrastructure stable and secure,” Cato said.


GWGuardian is available both as software and as a stand-alone hardened appliance. It comes in 3 variations: GWGuardian Enterprise Edition, GWGuardian Academic Edition, and GWGuardian. Both the Enterprise and the Academic editions have an Anti-virus engine integrated with the GWGuardian multi-layered anti-spam engine. The product comes with a year of parts and labor warranty. For further information, please visit the Messaging Architects web site at http://www.gwtools.com.

About Messaging Architects

As a leading provider of innovative application products to enhance, secure, and accelerate GroupWise and a Novell Premier Level DeveloperNet partner, Messaging Architects helps organizations leverage the investment in their messaging and collaboration system through a family of enterprise-class solutions that address the needs for policy, security, and mobility in the corporate infrastructure. Messaging Architects solves critical messaging needs by delivering robust, feature-rich, and easy-to-use products that ensure a stable, secure, and mobile messaging environment. From Anti-Virus and Content Filtering to Advanced Archiving and Synchronization Services, over 5,000 corporate and government accounts and millions of individual GroupWise end users work with our products on a daily basis. Messaging Architects also provides professional services to ensure that clients’ GroupWise infrastructures are well-implemented, protected, and fully fault tolerant. Messaging Architects has a strong international presence with offices in 7 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit: http://www.gwtools.com.

For more information contact:

Roumiana Deltcheva

Media Relations

Messaging Architects

Phone: (514) 392-9220 ext. 220

E-mail: [email protected]


Barbedwire Technologies Enhances DP Inspector Multifunction Security Appliances With Free Antivirus and Antispam Licenses Along With Easy Install for Improved Ease of Use

(PRWEB) May 24, 2004

Tracy, CA (PRWEB) May 24, 2004 – Barbedwire Technologies Corporation, the emerging value leader in high performance security solutions for medium and enterprise class networks, today announced the launch of the enhanced DP Inspector (pronounced “deep inspector”) series of security appliances. The enhancements include an easy quick-install utility, integrated award-winning antivirus by Global Hauri, and integrated antispam, which provides a System Administrator (SA) the ability to architect, deploy, and manage a secure network in about 30 minutes.

The DP Inspector provides a modular approach to the implementation of up to twelve security mechanisms enabling a SA to supplement as well as integrate with their existing security systems. “Our mission is based on a three-fold approach to securing communication networks: Protect, Manage, and Adapt,” stated Rocky Aroda, Barbedwire Technologies vp of marketing. “Our enhanced DPI targets customer’s needs for deploying a security infrastructure which prevents attacks on communication assets. We have been able to increase the value of our products by adding the highly rated Global Hauri Antivirus engine along with the SpamAssassin Antispam engine without increasing the price of our products. This is a great win for our customers and partners.”

“All American Collectibles was an early customer of the new improved DPI100 appliance,” said Carlos Castan, Partner at Entel Dataworks, a Barbedwire reseller based in New Jersey, “they are a leading seller of sports artwork and sports collectibles and do much of their business on-line. The Barbedwire DP Inspector provides our customers protection from worms and viruses which could shut down their business and have a significant financial impact for them. The new install utility has made it even easier to deploy and manage the Barbedwire security solution. The upgradeability to add other Barbedwire security features like an IDS or URL filtering, on the fly, really helps our customers adapt to constantly evolving security threats.”

Tony Petricello, General Manager agrees, “The Internet has really fueled the growth of our business and has been a nice supplement to our traditional customer base. The mere thought of one of these hackers taking our business down for a day is frightening and would hurt our revenue. It seems like things are only getting worse out there so that when Carlos recommended we beef up our network security, I did not have to think twice. I really like the ability of the Barbedwire appliance to provide so much security from a single management console and when we need to grow and add more features it will adapt with us. It was very affordable as well. I run a business not an IT shop so having Entel Dataworks and the Barbedwire products working for me, makes my job a lot easier.”

In addition to the quick-install utility and anti-spam enhancements, the DPI platform integrates Global Hauri’s antivirus engine. The ViRobot prevents virus-based attacks as well as proactively detects new threats and repairs files that have been infected. Along with standard file protection, the virus protection engine includes the ability to prevent attacks embedded in compressed files and email resident strains. The system supports an unlimited number of users.

Barbedwire’s DP Inspector appliances are available from $ 1500 and scale up to thousands of users. The DP Inspector includes a firewall, VPN, deep packet filtering technology to automatically prevent threats, antivirus and antispam and may be further upgraded with URL filters, IDS, vulnerability scanner, WiFi security, and a Securtiy Event Management System (SEMS).

About Barbedwire Technologies

Barbedwire Technologies provides high performance security solutions for mid-market class networks with prices that almost any size organization can afford. BT features the STAR Engine for SEMS, the IP Warrior Secured by Check Point appliance and the modular DP Inspector appliances for FW, VPN, IDS, VA, WiFi, and Web filtering including Antispam, Antivirus, and URL filtering. For additional information, please visit us at http://www.barbedwiretech.com or call 1-866-667-0565.

Barbedwire Technologies Names Security Industry Seasoned Executive as New EVP and COO

(PRWEB) May 26, 2004

Tracy, California – May 24, 2004 — Barbedwire Technologies is pleased to announce the addition of security industry veteran, Mr. Kishore ‘Don’ Reddy to its executive management team, as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Don will focus on shaping the company’s business and technical strategy, directing worldwide business operations, product and market strategy for Barbedwire, as well as promoting global awareness of effective security practices.

“After an extensive, global search, we believe that Don Reddy has a unique combination of operational experience, leadership skills, customer focus, deep domain and distribution expertise, market and technical expertise, and combination of both startup and Fortune 500 experience to make him the ideal choice to further strengthen our world-class executive team and execute our vision” said Zia Iqbal, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barbedwire, in a statement. “Don is widely known and highly regarded in the industry among customers and peers around the world, and his appointment reinforces Barbedwire’s hyper growth towards market leadership with global focus. His experience and credibility are unmatched in today’s security startup arena and ideal for taking Barbedwire to the next level.”

“2004 will be a year of major change in the enterprise security industry as enterprises recognize unified and layered security infrastructure with defense-in-depth as the key driver for holistic secure enterprise environments to protect their critical digital assets and secure business operations while reducing cost, complexity, and risk” said Don Reddy, Barbedwire’s new EVP and COO. “Emerging security threats across the global enterprise networks demand the need for a new overlay security architecture which leverages the existing technologies in our customer’s environment. Also augmenting missing security modules in the holistic security framework coupled with an intuitive centralized management console specifically designed to provide unique business advantage to our customers.”

Don joined Barbedwire from sec|zone, a market leader in asset-centric adaptive insider threat management company, where he most recently served as founder and CEO. Previously Don was based out of Netherlands, leading the EMEA, APAC, and Oceania regions at CommVault Systems, a data protection company, where he developed major global accounts, re-aligned internal organizations, led product management and marketing efforts, formed revenue generating strategic partnerships, and developed effective distribution channels across the regions. Prior to CommVault, Don led the multi-million dollar Enterprise Infrastructure Management solutions sales and delivery in senior management positions at Computer Associates (NYSE: CA) and Management Consulting Services (MCS) group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, which now known as Business Consulting Services (BCS) group at IBM (NYSE: IBM). Don was also founder and managing partner of The Solarsoft Group, an IT strategy and management consulting company on Wall Street, advising CIO and CFO offices of leading financial services companies.

Don holds an M.S. in Computer and Information Sciences and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Don currently serves on NOVA LMI+ Advisory Board and previously served as Board Member of ISSA Silicon Valley chapter and NetIP New York chapter.

“Barbedwire has arguably redefined the unified enterprise security landscape and is considered a leader in this space by any measure,” said Reddy. “The founders and management team have built what I believe is a company and market segment poised for explosive growth over the next decade.”

About Barbedwire Technologies

Barbedwire Technologies is a leading provider of award winning, cost-effective and high performance unified layered security solutions for small to mid-sized enterprises market, delivering award-winning products and services that are robust as well as easy to buy, deploy and manage. Barbedwire’s Technologies offers industry’s best combination of security, performance, intuitive interface and value. Barbedwire’s Unified Layered Security overlay architecture protects against known and emerging threats effectively and efficiently and provides the flexibility to integrate additional security functionality and services with transparency. Barbedwire’s world class product portfolio features STAR Engine, DP Inspector appliances for Deep Packet Inspection, Stateful Firewall, VPN, IDS, IPS, eMail Security, WiFi Security, Content Filtering and Inspection, Anti-Spam, Anti-Virus, Vulnerability Analysis, and URL filtering. For more information visit us at http://www.barbedwiretech.com or call +1.866.667.0565.

MERCUR Messaging Server 4.3 with advanced Security Features

(PRWEB) June 30, 2004

The usage of email is one of the most important parts in companies today. The expenses for email are manageable, because of very attractive offers by internet providers. The usage of a own mail server gains more and more in importance. The local email management reduces network traffic on the one hand. Also the security level is much higher since all incoming mail is cleaned by the server before it reaches the client mailbox.

MERCUR Messaging Server 4.3 is a full featured Internet mail server for MS Windows platforms. It offers the necessary features to provide an efficient and effective communications medium. Detailed information about MEFCUR Messaging Server 4.3 is available at http://www.atrium-software.com/mercur.

atrium software international is a German software company located in Eschborn near Frankfurt/Main. The company is known as a reliable and innovative vendor of internet based communication solutions. Atrium Software is developing messaging products for MS Windows platforms since the year 1995.

Sentinare Messaging Solutions, an E-mail Security Company Makes Spammers Pay With a New Technique Called “Tarpitting”

Santa Cruz, CA (PRWEB) July 28, 2004

If you are trying to send spam to Sentinare customers, not only will you be unsuccessful but it may cost you. Sentinare Messaging Solutions is an outsourced provider of email security services. Sentinare boasts an industry best spam detection rate of over 99%, but is not content with simply blocking malicious email; it wants to hit spammers where it hurts: their pocket book.

Using a technique called “tarpitting” Sentinare ties up the connection of spammers and binds their resources, costing them precious time and money. Tarpitting works by monitoring traffic and applying sluggish responses to senders showing spam-like behavior. “When our system detects large email attacks, we don’t deny the sender but rather talk very slowly to them,” stated Chris Paul, co-founder and CTO. “Talking slowly to these spammers invites them into a trap. It slows their operations and can raise the cost of one connection from a few seconds to over ten minutes. Holding the connection of a spammer keeps them from attacking others, helping the whole community.”

From the home e-mail user to large corporations, people around the world are fed up with spam. Ferris Research estimates spam cost organizations worldwide over $ 25 Billion dollars in 2003. “Many people wonder why there has been such a large increase in spam over the last few years,” stated Jason Grunstra, co-founder and CIO. “Spamming has gotten so out of control because it costs spammers nearly nothing. Spammers are paid based on the volume of messages they send, by raising their costs we can make their business less effective, and less attractive. We should not expect miraculous overnight results from tarpitting, but if only 5% of mail servers were tarpitting we would see significant results.” Grunstra suggests a series of changes such as legal, infrastructure, and system should aim to eventually make spamming not financially viable. “We are devoting substantial resources to not only continuing to block spam but researching methods to eliminate the problem for good.”

Sentinare Messaging Solutions is a leading provider of e-mail security services for small business to enterprise. The company offers a complete suite of products including outsourced proxy e-mail filtering, secure email hosting, and encrypted webmail.

Contact Information:

Jay T. Moore

Sentinare Messaging Solutions

(877) 727-2776


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