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MessageLabs Ascends to “Leaders” Quadrant in Email Security Boundary Magic Quadrant by Leading Industry Research Firm

  • 06 July, 2005 09:10

<p>MessageLabs, the leading provider of email security and management services to businesses, today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned it as a “Leader” in the recently issued Magic Quadrant for Email Security Boundary, 1H05* report.</p>
<p>“Leaders” are vendors who are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction, and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market, according to Gartner, the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry.</p>
<p>“We consider our position in the “Leaders” quadrant by Gartner further confirmation of MessageLabs mission to deliver industry-leading protection for organisations worldwide against threats such as spam, viruses and other unwanted content,” said Ben White, Chief Executive Officer of MessageLabs. “Besides recognising MessageLabs vision and ability to execute, this assessment acknowledges the ability of managed email security to provide a wider scope of services beyond just spam filtering and the growing demand for managed security services among enterprises.”</p>
<p>Email security boundary capabilities cited by the Gartner report as important in evaluating email security boundary solutions include architecture and mechanisms for efficiently and accurately blocking or slowing email from bad sources, low administrative overhead of the solution, email intrusion prevention and value-added anti-virus capabilities.</p>
<p>Key ‘vision’ criteria determined as important include enterprise functionality for large enterprises, architecture and technologies for better email connection management; sophistication of inbound spam filtering and detection; investments in value-added anti-virus capabilities and strong research and content capabilities to address ever-changing email security threats; management and reporting capabilities; end-user functionality; outbound content filtering; and email encryption.</p>
<p>‘Ability to execute’ criteria considered include vendors’ finances, resources, customer service, channel and partnership arrangements, strength of marketing and brand, management record to make the technology and business investments necessary for growth and to be a long-term player, as well as quality and extent of vendors’ enterprise installed base.</p>
<p>‘In the cloud’ security services is an area that Gartner specifically cites as a significant growth opportunity for email security vendors in the Magic Quadrant for Email Security Boundary, 1H05 report, which states, “Gartner believes ‘in the cloud services’ will be more prevalent and leading vendors should also be investigating inclusion of their technologies or operations in this area.”</p>
<p>“Over the past year, MessageLabs has focused on long-term growth, as evidenced by the multi-million dollar investment we’ve made in infrastructure, continued research and development and new services, such as content control, managed encryption, additional anti-spam services and other related email security offerings that specifically address critical business issues,” added White.</p>
<p>“MessageLabs has a clear vision and execution plan for the future of secure information management that will see us introducing new services, for email and web filtering, and entering new markets over the next twelve months. We will also further strengthen our delivery model by adding to the number of global network service providers and integrators which have already partnered with MessageLabs to offer ‘in-the-cloud’ security to their enterprise customers.”</p>
<p>MessageLabs comprehensive range of email security and management services provides thousands of enterprise organisations around the world with a complete managed email security solution, without the hassle, inconvenience or additional cost of traditional software or hardware solutions. These services ensure the integrity of electronic communications, helping businesses to manage and reduce risk while securing their critical infrastructure and business information.</p>
<p>About MessageLabs
MessageLabs is the world's leading provider of email security and management services with more than 12,000 clients and offices in eight countries. For more information, please visit</p>
<p>*The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted June 30, 2005 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.</p>

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