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Microsoft has taken a battering following the Code Red and Nimda worms, with analyst group Gartner going as far as recommending that companies look into replacing their Internet Information Server (IIS) software.
Kevin McCuistion, Microsoft's group product manager for Exchange, said the company is taking security very seriously. "We have to counter the perception that Microsoft is weak on security," he said. "We are very focused on the area and we are working with a number of third-party suppliers. We even employ ex-hackers."
E-business security software provider Group Software launched Securiq Suite version 1.1 for Exchange 2000, a server-based application to protect e-mails, mailboxes and public folders in multiple locations, including virus protection, content filtering, legal disclaimers, encryption and e-mail recording and archiving.
Anti-virus software provider Sybari released Antigen version 6.5 for Exchange, a content management, e-mail and anti-virus application which includes content management tools for subject line, sender and domain name filtering, connector message scanning and named scan job templates.
Management software supplier Brightmail launched an anti-spam, filtering application called Solution Suite 2.1 for Exchange 2000.