Symantec adds filters to e-mail scanner

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Symantec adds filters to e-mail scanner

In an effort to help companies stem the flow of inappropriate, confidential or virus-infected e-mail messages through their networks, Symantec has launched AntiVirus/Filtering for Microsoft Exchange 2000.

The software - an integrated virus and content-scanning package for the Microsoft e-mail server - can scan incoming and outgoing e-mail messages for viruses and worms using Symantec's antivirus software.

To help combat the mass-mailer worms that cause trouble and consume bandwidth at many companies, the software also includes "outbreak management" features. These allow administrators to define acceptable levels of mail use, and to set off automatic trigger alerts and other actions when it suspects a worm outbreak.

The software also offers content filtering using Symantec's Dynamic Document Review (DDR) technology. DDR is a context-sensitive keyword-scanning technology that allows the software to not only flag specific words, but also to review them in context to determine whether or not they are allowed. Using DDR, companies will be better able to determine whether e-mails contain inappropriate or confidential content and filter any that do.

Symantec AntiVirus/Filtering can also manage multiple servers from a single administration console to export reports into a number of popular reporting packages and new "zero maintenance management" features. These features are designed to reduce the administration necessary to run the software.

The software will ship worldwide on 3 December at $29 (£20) per node for a 2,000-node licence.

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