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Ian McShane | 03 Jan 2013 | 13 comments

Join hashtag #MailSec and learn more about the dangers of targetted email attacks and how to prevent them.

Takedowns of large botnet rings in recent years have caused spam numbers to plummet. However, the drop in spam doesn’t make spammers any less dangerous. Spammers have now turned to targeted attacks to reach their victims. As targeted attacks and malware continue to expand and grow in number, and data breaches continue to rise, users and businesses of all sizes need to be aware of what to look out for, and how to protect proprietary information. No business is too big or too small to be a target.

 
Please join Symantec’s email security experts Ian McShane (@ianmcshane), Paul Murray (@paulsmurray), Matt Cooke (@mattcooke), Paul Wood (@paulowoody)  and Eric Schwake (@lombar77) next Thursday, January 10 at 11 am ET, to discuss targeted attacks and what can be done to prevent them from harming you or your business....
Ian McShane | 15 May 2012 | 2 comments

Did you see my session at Symantec Vision 2012?  If not, you missed me talk about how you need your very own Robocop to protect services, applications and storage that accept and distribute files.

His prime directives align very well with how you should approach your service and infrastructure security:

1. Serve the public trust - Your users will TRUST your service.  They'll ignore warnings and common sense because YOU are giving them access to something.

2. Protect the innocent - Your users are unlikely to be as security-aware as you are, they may not understand risks and they certainly shouldn't be trusted to protect themselves :)

3. Uphold the law - You need to be able to set and enforce policies and you need to do this at your application or storage level.

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Ian McShane | 20 Mar 2012 | 22 comments

 

Hi!
 
My last post back in October 2011 introduced the beta program for a new application for our messaging security customers.
I'm delighted to announce that we achieved our Generally Available (GA) milestone yesterday on March 19th meaning that the Symantec Email Submission Client is now available for all of our customers to download and install.  This is my first "1.0" product release so I'm particularly excited to see this product ship :)
 
Did I mention that this is provided at no extra charge?  Yup, free.
 
We had some excellent beta participants in this cycle, ranging from large enterprise customers to small businesses and we got some fantastic real world feedback which helped us ship an even better product than we originally scoped.
 
So, what is SESC?
 
The Symantec...
Ian McShane | 31 Oct 2011 | 4 comments

One of the great things about working in the Messaging & Web Security BU is the amount of cool new technology and functionality we work on.  Some times, this is behind the scenes on our backend systems and other times this is new functionality for existing products.

This time, however, I'm really excited to announce the beta program of a brand new application:

Symantec Email Submissions Client

This application allows you to automate the submission of missed spam (aka false negatives) to Symantec, directly from your end user mailboxes.

Symantec Email Submission Client takes advantage of the Exchange Web Services framework built into Microsoft Exchange Server to provide a submissions solution that:

  • Does NOT require any installation to you endpoint devices.
  • Does NOT require any updates to be managed/pushed to your endpoint devices. 
  • Does NOT require any complex end user training.
  • ...
Ian McShane | 02 Aug 2011 | 1 comment

I'm excited to announce that the beta program has started for our next release of Symantec Protection for Sharepoint Servers.

You can sign up to this beta at this link : https://symbeta.symantec.com/callout/default.html?callid=8A18C6447CE54D99AD4ADEBCC28E7F9C

 

With this release, you'll see new features such as:

 

  1. Completely new quarantine management functionality available through the UI.
  2. Brand new user interface.
  3. Simple export & import of configuration, settings and policies to enable quick and easy disaster recovery as well as roll out your policies to multiple farms in a quick and efficient manner.
This release supports the following platforms:
  • Windows® SharePoint® Services 2.0 (WSS 2.0)
  • Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS 3.0)
  • ...
Sergi Isasi | 11 Jul 2011 | 5 comments

I am pleased to announce that Symantec Web Gateway 5.0 is now available!  Nearly half of our production deployments have already upgraded to the new version and the software is now available to all customers. 

This release brings not only a significant change in our product, but also significant change in the way organizations defend against malware at the gateway.  Symantec’s introduction of our Insight file reputation technology into our enterprise security product stack represents a generational leap in malware detection and dramatically changes the game against malware writers.  Insight allows Web Gateway customers to block a malicious file that no one has ever seen before at the edge, before it even gets to the user endpoint.  An attacker can no longer create a single file for a targeted attack on a key executive or user and assume that it will make it past a heuristic.  A malicious attack kit user or FakeAV writer can no...

akottas | 11 Apr 2011 | 1 comment

We’ve been holding off on the news, but as many of you have realized, Symantec Messaging Gateway 9.5 (formerly Symantec Brightmail Gateway) is now available – in fact, over 1,800 customers have already upgraded to the new release. We mentioned many of the new features as part of our earlier beta announcement – thank you to everyone who participated! We had 150 beta participants registered. 

Many of our beta participants and early adopters of the new release have already shared great reviews about the new dispositions feature, a new method of personalizing your defenses against unwanted email by setting up policies against three new categories of email. This new feature allows Symantec to aggressively target email messages that some email users would like us to block, but that others consider legitimate. At Symantec, we have always valued accuracy (low false positives!) at least as much as effectiveness. By generating filters on these types of...

akottas | 27 Jan 2011 | 0 comments

I can't believe we're already one month in to the new year!  It has been a busy January for the Mail & Web Security business at Symantec, as we plan for a full slate of product releases in the coming months.  We have releases planned for all three of our Brightmail products, our web gateway solution, and our groupware products planned in 2011. We also have follow-on releases planned for our exciting new Next Generation Network Protection platform for service providers.

The threat landscape continues to evolve in dynamic and unexpected ways.  We saw a remarkable drop in spam levels right after Christmas when some major botnets stopped sending out spam for a few weeks.  The botnets did not go away, however, and we've seen spam bounce back in recent weeks.  Check out www.symantec.com/brightmail/iqservices to see a clear illustration of this drop and recover, as well as a...

akottas | 18 Nov 2010 | 2 comments

The Symantec Enterprise Security team is now accepting applications to participate in the Symantec Brightmail Gateway 9.5 Beta program. Symantec Brightmail Gateway is also part of the Symantec Protection Suites.

The beta process is a great way for participants to get an early look at exciting new features in our upcoming release, and also get direct access back to the product development team on product feedback.

The 9.5 release includes:

  • New Dispositions: New configurable verdicts for unwanted email categories allow customers to configure policies regarding marketing mail, newsletters, and email with suspicious URLs.
  • Enhanced Spam Scanning: Updates to the Brightmail Antispam Engine allow better scanning of text-based attachments for spam and malicious URLs.
  • Match Logging: Enhanced message audit logs capture matching policy, text, and message part for content filtering policies.
  • ...
akottas | 27 Sep 2010 | 8 comments

Welcome to the new Mail & Web Security Blog!  Brightmail isn't going away, but we wanted to expand our coverage to include news about our complete email and web security portfolio, including the Brightmail products (Brightmail Gateway, Brightmail Message Filter, and Brightmail Traffic Shaper), the Mail Security products (Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange and Mail Security for Domino), and Symantec Web Gateway.

In addition, Symantec's messaging and web security products are core components of the Symantec Protection Suites.

Stay tuned for more updates, including an expanded cast of authors as we grow our coverage across a broader slice of the Symantec portfolio.