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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.

akottas | 09 Sep 2010 | 1 comment

Virus Bulletin just published their September 2010 test results (http://www.virusbtn.com/vbspam/index), and Symantec Brightmail Gateway once against received a VBSpam designation - our 5th consecutive recognition. 

In this month's test, Symantec Brightmail Gateway registered an effectiveness score of 99.64%, with 0 false positives!  It is great to see external validation for the premium that Symantec places on balancing very high effectiveness (over 99%) with accuracy (low false positives) in fighting spam.

You may be familiar with the Virus Bulletin name - Virus Bulletin is an independent third party that has been running comparative tests on antivirus technologies for over a decade.  Symantec's antivirus engines have achieved over 40 VB100 awards during this time. 

Our team is thrilled with the latest results on the VBSpam testing. Symantec Brightmail Gateway is...

Ian McShane | 01 Sep 2010 | 4 comments

I can't quite believe it's September already, this year is flying by at a crazy pace.
This means that the Symantec Vision conference in EMEA has come around quickly too.

This year, we are at the CCIB in Barcelona, Spain, during the first week of October - Tuesday 5th through Thursday 7th.

Amongst the many, many sessions over the 3 day conference, there are a number of Mail & Web security sessions that you shouldn't miss (not least because I'm co-presenting them smiley ), so in no particular order.

  1. Best Practices for Email Security.
  2. Anatomy of a Web Attack.
  3. Hands On Lab - Best Practices for installing and Configuring Symantec Brightmail Gateway.
  4. Hands On Lab - Best Practices for installing and Configuring Symantec Web Gateway.
  5. Deploying...
akottas | 07 Jun 2010 | 0 comments

Greetings, fellow Symantec Connect community members.  This is Angelos Kottas, Principal Product Manager for Symantec Brightmail Gateway. This is my first blog posting on the Brightmail blog on Symantec Connect, and I look forward to hearing from many of you in the weeks and months ahead.
 
Since last we posted to this blog, the Symantec messaging security team has been very busy!  We successfully released Symantec Brightmail Gateway 9.0 in mid March, and have been pleased to see very rapid adoption of the new release.
 
We also saw several new product releases in our broader messaging security product lines, including Symantec Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange 6.5, Symantec Mail Security for Domino 8.0.5, and Symantec Brightmail Message Filter 6.2.
 
To learn about these new releases, click on the Release Notes from the product support pages.
 
I also hosted a recent webcast on "What's New...

Ian McShane | 26 Feb 2010 | 1 comment

I've mentioned before that I'm a really keen advocate of bringing our customer base closer to our product development process.
2 years ago, I started running Customer Advisory Boards for our customers in EMEA.  These annual or bi-annual events were a chance for customers to come together and help us prioritise future development work by discussing their experience and insight into messaging security.
In general, these were really successful and the fruits of those sessions are just coming to light now with last years Brightmail Gateway 8.0 release and the very-soon-to-be-release Brightmail Gateway 9.0.

But, what about our customers that don't have the budget to travel to another city and participate?
This is more and more common in this economic climate.  Travel budget is often the first belt to be tightened.

Well, this month I'm delighted to kick off the first Messaging & Web Security Technical Advisory Webcast.

Sounds...

Ian McShane | 01 Dec 2009 | 3 comments
It's that time of year again, the Symantec Enterprise Security BU is now accepting applications to participate in the Symantec Brightmail Gateway 9.0 Beta program.
Last year, the 8.0 beta program was a huge success.  
We got some great feedback and the participants got early exposure to the new levels of protection as well as some cool spot prizes here and there.

This 9.0 release includes:

  • Integrated Content Encryption
  • New LDAP Directory Integration.
  • Probe Network Participation
  • Real Time Updates
  • DKIM
  • SMTP Authentication
  • New Spam Quarantine architecture

Quality is one of the key Symantec deliverables and we strive to deliver a first class product with every release. So we want to get as much customer feedback as possible before we ship.
By participating in this beta program, you can help to ensure this release is as successful as possible.

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