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Unified Threat Management Platform Expands Mail Security

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Check Point Software Technologies today rolled out new versions of its Unified Threat Management appliances and software. The updates expand the range of protection the systems offer for e-mail, including adding a second layer of virus/malware protection and adding enhancements to spam filtering.

Check Point's Unified Threat Management platform includes a line of UTM-1 appliances and VPN-1 UTM software that are designed to provide intrusion prevention and protection against spam and mail-borne viruses. New in the latest versions are features that provide a second level of virus and malware security, including technologies for detecting patterns for previously unknown malware and virus threats to provide zero-hour protection. They also include enhanced protection against spam and phishing attacks, adding filtering by the reputation of the sender.

Other UTM-1/VPN-1 UTM features include:

  • Block listings for manual creation of denied and accepted addresses;
  • Filtering based on the reputation of the IP address of the sender;
  • Protection from threats against the messaging infrastructure;
  • Anti-virus signature scanning;
  • Outbreak pattern analysis for identifying new threats from viruses and malware; and
  • Content pattern analysis to identify spam and phishing attacks.

Company representatives told us Check Point's multi-layer approach to detecting spam provides about 97 percent effectiveness, with about one in 1 million e-mails resulting in false positives.

The updated versions of the appliances and software are available now, with the UTM-1 appliances starting at $7,500.

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