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MessageLabs targets smaller customers

MessageLabs has introduced a collection of web and e-mail security services aimed at smaller organisations.

The services come in three packages: Web Security offers protection from threats that enter an organisation via the Web, including viruses, spyware, phishing, Trojans and URL filtering; E-mail Security protects organisations from spam, phishing, Trojans and other malware found in the e-mail stream and a third package combines the two e-mail and Web options.

The services will be fully managed by MessageLabs, enabling customers to reduce IT resources, including staff, hardware and software, while increasing their security, MessageLabs suggested.

Protection from security threats has become particularly important to smaller businesses, which have become targets for organised crime. According to MessageLabs’ November threat report, businesses with fewer than 250 employees receive almost twice as much spam as medium-sized organisations and 30% more than enterprises.

All the surveys suggested that organised crime is just as happy to attack smaller companies as larger ones. MessageLabs is probably opportune to target the smaller company, though the ‘basic’ naming of its products implies a user naiveté that many smaller companies might take exception to.

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