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Proofpoint and F-Secure Announce Technology Partnership

  • 29 April, 2004 12:07

<p>Partnership Strengthens Anti-Virus Capabilities of Proofpoint
Message-Protection Solutions</p>
<p>Apr. 28, 2004 - Proofpoint, Inc., the leader in large-enterprise
comprehensive message protection solutions, and F-Secure Corporation, a
leading provider of leading provider of antivirus and intrusion prevention
solutions for individuals and businesses, today announced that the companies
have forged a technology partnership. Under the terms of the partnership,
Proofpoint will integrate F-Secure's gateway anti-virus solutions into the
Proofpoint Protection Server(tm) and P-Series(tm) Appliance, resulting in a
comprehensive solution that provides enterprise-wide protection against spam
and viruses, as well as outbound message filtering.</p>
<p>The F-Secure partnership adds another true best-of-breed anti-virus solution
to the Proofpoint technology portfolio. By committing to partnerships with
multiple best-of-breed vendors, Proofpoint provides its customers with the
flexibility to select their preferred anti-virus solution when deploying a
Proofpoint message-protection system.</p>
<p>"We believe that Proofpoint represents the future of total message
protection, by delivering anti-spam, anti-virus and outbound content
compliance on a single, fully integrated platform," said Travis Witteveen,
Vice President, Americas, for F-Secure. "When combined with our
industry-leading anti-virus solutions, Proofpoint's products enable
enterprises to restore e-mail to its rightful place as a vital channel of
business communications."</p>
<p>Both the Proofpoint Protection Server and the P-Series Appliance are based on
Proofpoint MLX(tm) technology, which combines traditional anti-spam
techniques with advanced machine-learning technologies to provide total
enterprise message protection.</p>
<p>Proofpoint MLX technology examines approximately 50,000 attributes to detect
spam, compared to the 3,000 or fewer examined by traditional anti-spam tools.
This results in near-perfect spam detection and - when integrated with
best-of-breed anti-virus technology such as F-Secure's - also enables virus
protection that blocks or quarantines potential viruses, while allowing
administrators to quickly and easily write rules to automatically delete
certain types of messages. Proofpoint MLX technology also enables enterprises
to filter outgoing email to prevent the egress of sensitive content and
ensure compliance with internal email policies and external regulations.</p>
<p>Many of the world's leading enterprises, including Kaiser Permanente,
Bristol-Myers Squibb and Cincinnati Bell, rely on Proofpoint's
message-protection solutions to stop spam and viruses from entering their
organizations, while also preventing inappropriate outbound email from
escaping the enterprise.</p>
<p>"Our partnership with F-Secure is a major win for customers, because now they
can benefit from F-Secure's leadership in anti-virus along with Proofpoint's
anti-spam technology, all on a single enterprise-scale platform," said Gary
Steele, president and CEO of Proofpoint. "F-Secure offers an exceptionally
robust anti-virus solution for Linux, and their multiple scanning engines and
world-class anti-virus research team will protect our customers against
virtually every message-borne threat today."</p>
<p>About F-Secure Corporation</p>
<p>F-Secure Corporation protects individuals and businesses against computer
viruses and other threats coming through the Internet or mobile networks. Our
award-winning solutions include antivirus, desktop firewall with intrusion
prevention and network encryption. Our key strength is the speed of response
to new threats. For businesses our solutions feature centralized management.
Founded in 1988, F-Secure has been listed on the Helsinki Exchanges since
1999. We have our headquarters in Helsinki, Finland, and offices in USA,
France, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Japan. F-Secure is supported
by a global ecosystem of value added resellers and distributors in over 50
countries. F-Secure protection is also available through major Internet
Service Providers, such as Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom.</p>
<p>More information may be found at www.f-secure.com, or by calling +1
408.938.6700.</p>
<p>About Proofpoint, Inc.</p>
<p>Proofpoint provides business software for large enterprises to stop spam,
protect against email viruses and ensure compliance with corporate policies
and regulations through their messaging infrastructures. The company's
flagship product, Proofpoint Protection Server(tm) is a software breakthrough
that employs Proofpoint's MLX technology, an advanced machine learning system
developed at Proofpoint's Anti-spam Laboratory, to govern the flow of digital
correspondence. Proofpoint was founded by technology visionary and former CTO
of Netscape Communications, Eric Hahn. The Cupertino, California-based
company is funded by Benchmark Capital, Inventures Group, Mohr, Davidow
Ventures, RRE Ventures and Stanford University. For more information, please
visit www.proofpoint.com.</p>
<p># # #
Proofpoint Protection Server and MLX are trademarks of Proofpoint Inc. All
other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective
owners.</p>
<p>For more information please contact
Sarah Hawkins
02 6261 4900
sarah.hawkins@opensystems.com.au</p>

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