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Cloudmark Unveils Multi-Point Security Solution for Holistic Spam Protection

September 22, 2008

Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG) 14th General Meeting — Cloudmark, Inc., the global leader in carrier-grade messaging security, today announced its Multi-Point Security(TM) solution, the first end-to-end messaging security suite that protects all points in the messaging infrastructure, from the network through to the user mailbox. With Cloudmark’s Multi-Point Security solution, service providers benefit from a cohesive solution that delivers greater breadth of threat coverage, near 100 percent accuracy, reduced resource requirements, simplified management and faster issue resolution.

Today, spammers are deploying increasingly sophisticated techniques to evade spam, phishing and virus filters and reach their targets. For example, new attacks merge multiple threat types into converged “mash-up” attacks and feature multiple message variations within an individual attack, all to get around existing protections. Spammers also continue to increase the speed and volume by which they distribute new attacks, a technique that inevitably leads to some spam getting through to e-mail inboxes. All of this has led to significant operational challenges and a harsh reality for most operators: spam now constitutes more than 95 percent of all e-mail traffic and 15 percent of mail stores. In addition, escalating spam volumes and unexpected attacks result in unplanned “infrastructure creep,” as well as unreliable accuracy, causing operational fire-drills whenever a spam outbreak occurs.

To deal with the exploding spam problem, service providers have been forced to cobble together “point solutions” isolated to their messaging servers to attempt to achieve acceptable levels of accuracy in blocking spam messages. Unfortunately, these point solutions provide incomplete protection. With multiple layers acting independently, separate point solutions inevitably lead to manageability problems, lower accuracy resulting from gaps between point solutions that can be exploited by attackers, and a general lack of accountability and ownership among multiple vendors when a new outbreak occurs.

Cloudmark’s Multi-Point Security solution changes the paradigm by bringing together best-in-class network, filtering, storage and user feedback solutions into a single offering that delivers protection every stage in the messaging infrastructure. Cloudmark’s Multi-Point Security solution includes:

 --  Cloudmark Sender Intelligence(TM) service at the network and protocol     stages: Cloudmark blocks, throttles or allows connections at the network     level or during the SMTP session using highly accurate sender data,     resulting in reduced resource and bandwidth requirements. --  Cloudmark Authority(TM) software at the content stage: The industry's     fastest and most accurate content filtering solution for spam, phishing and     viruses. --  Cloudmark ActiveFilter(TM) technology at the mail store: Cloudmark     deletes or moves unopened spam messages that have slipped past existing     defenses from subscriber inboxes without requiring any rescanning. This     highly efficient and scalable process eliminates the advantages of high-     speed attacks and helps operators increase filtering accuracy to more than     99 percent. --  Cloudmark Network Feedback System(TM) at the user interaction stage:     Cloudmark enables improved user experiences through the Cloudmark Network     Feedback System, leading to improved "stickiness" of operator services.     This includes empowering users to influence message classifications in real     time by reporting spam and false positives, enabling users to safely     unsubscribe from newsletters they no longer want, and giving end users     visibility into filtering effectiveness and how their feedback is being     incorporated. --  Cloudmark Gateway(TM) software enabling a single management platform:     Cloudmark brings together Cloudmark Sender Intelligence(TM) technology to     block, throttle or pass traffic in real time with Cloudmark Authority     software and a unified policy engine that enables advanced message handling     capabilities to thwart new attacks all in a single, easy-to-manage edge MTA     system.      

“Over the past several years, Cloudmark has taken a leadership position in the service provider e-mail security market,” said Jamie de Guerre, chief technology officer at Cloudmark. “Happy with the solutions we provide, our customers have increasingly looked to us for help with problems across their messaging environments. Cloudmark’s Multi-Point Security solution is our response to these demands, developed through strong innovation and partnership with the world’s largest operators. This is truly an industry first, bringing together our industry-leading technologies into a single, cohesive offering that delivers the highest levels of protection at every point in the messaging infrastructure. By looking at the total problem, we have created a solution that results not only in reduced system resources and greater filtering accuracy, but also simplified management and resolution. We firmly believe that with our Multi-Point Security solution, Cloudmark gives operators every advantage in the battle against spam.”

About Cloudmark

Cloudmark, Inc. is a global leader in carrier-grade messaging security, delivering the most accurate, high-performance and comprehensive real-time spam, virus and phishing protection for fixed, mobile and social networks. Cloudmark patented solutions combine Advanced Message Fingerprinting technology based on innovative, highly efficient algorithms and the Global Threat Network system consisting of trusted reporters in every country across the globe to provide security intelligence and filtering at all points of the messaging infrastructure. Cloudmark solutions protect more than 700 million mailboxes for the world’s largest service provider networks, including over 75 percent of major ISPs in the United States and Japan. Cloudmark’s customers include EarthLink, Comcast, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, NTT OCN and Swisscom as well as leading hosting providers, Mailtrust, Synacor, NuVox and others. Cloudmark is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco with offices in London, Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit http://www.cloudmark.com.

 Media Contact: Marisa Borgasano Schwartz Communications 415-512-0770 cloudmark@schwartz-pr.com

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