GFI Software Acquires Hosted Email Filtering Company Katharion

October 1, 2009

RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Through this acquisition, GFI will be able to offer a hosted email filtering, anti-spam and anti-virus service later this quarter.

“This is the next step in our strategy to give our customers the option of having an email filtering product that is on-premise, in the cloud, as well as additional services that would be of benefit to those looking to maximize the benefits of a hybrid option. Katharion offers superior technology compared to other hosted email filtering technologies, as well as an infrastructure that will help GFI give its customers even greater choice,” Walter Scott, GFI’s CEO said.

This follows the addition of HoundDog Technology’s remote monitoring and management solution to GFI’s portfolio in July and re-launched as GFI MAX.

With this new service, GFI will be able to provide a range of additional or edge services that will benefit companies both with and without existing on-premise email security solutions. For example, companies can use the hosted service to block up to 90 percent of the total emails received by the company (which are spam) and therefore reduce their bandwidth costs and the volume of junk hitting their server. The GFI hosted and edge anti-spam and anti-virus filtering solutions will work with any mail structure including Microsoft, Novell, Apple and Linux environments. Both the hosted and edge solutions will provide for email continuity – if a customer’s server goes down, the GFI service will keep a copy of all inbound email messages and allow customers to access and respond to those messages until the server is back online.

Katharion offers highly effective, outsourced anti-spam and anti-virus email filtering solutions for corporations, small businesses, Internet service providers and technology companies. As a managed service, Katharion is compatible with any email system and can be implemented rapidly. Independently proven to be more accurate than other solutions, Katharion’s industry-leading technology ensures the optimal filtering of unwanted or harmful messages. At the same time, Katharion’s customizable management interface and innovative features – such as one-click whitelisting – assure that the solution is both simple to deploy and extremely easy to maintain.

Katharion’s CEO, Eric Schwab, said, “We have worked hard to develop an effective and easy-to-use email security and continuity service. We are excited about broadening the reach of our service offering by joining an established technology leader like GFI, and we share a vision with GFI of providing customers with their choice of hosted, on-premise, or hybrid email security solutions. We look forward to being part of the GFI family.”

“We are confident that Katharion’s success and solid customer base will be the catalyst for GFI to further expand its product portfolio using either on-premise or an online delivery model or a mix of both. We will be launching the service later this quarter,” added Scott. “We are looking at bringing in other companies and their technologies in the coming months that will enable us to continue to provide the best possible solutions to our customers based on their infrastructure and needs at the time.”

The results of a survey commissioned by GFI Software and announced in September found that 55 percent of SMBs in the United States use one or more hosted/managed services. Of these, 29 percent use a service for minor applications; 24 percent for security applications; 26 percent for network monitoring and redundancy and 21 percent for CRM/ERM.

The survey also found that easy Internet access and scalability (56 percent), lower costs (46 percent) and faster deployment (43 percent) were considered the main benefits of using a hosted service while the main concerns were application performance, data security/privacy and systems failure/redundancy (62 percent), respectively.

A total of 52 percent of the SMB respondents said they would prefer a vendor giving them both an online and on-premise solution, which GFI is doing through its hybrid strategy.

For more information about Katharion and its services visit: http://www.katharion.com.

A copy of the GFI Software survey can be found here: http://www.gfi.com/documents/SecurityReport2009.pdf.

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About GFI

GFI is a leading software developer that provides a single source for network administrators to address their network security, content security and messaging needs. With award-winning technology, an aggressive pricing strategy and a strong focus on small-to-medium sized businesses, GFI is able to satisfy the need for business continuity and productivity encountered by organizations on a global scale. GFI has offices in the US, Malta, UK, Hong Kong and Australia which support more than 200,000 installations worldwide. GFI is a channel-focused company with over 10,000 partners worldwide. GFI is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. More information about GFI can be found at http://www.gfi.com.

About Katharion

Katharion is a leading provider of email security services to Internet service providers, large enterprises, small businesses, government and educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, USA, Katharion is dedicated to offering technology that is both easy to use and highly effective in ensuring messaging security. Katharion has invested tens of thousands of hours in developing a highly effective, best-of-breed managed email security solution for businesses and Internet service providers. The company is recognized as a leading managed email security service and has processed billions of messages for thousands of organizations worldwide.

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