VeriSign introduces e-mail, antiphishing services

New services from Internet infrastructure company VeriSign Inc. will help businesses fight unsolicited commercial ("spam")...

New services from Internet infrastructure company VeriSign will help businesses fight spam e-mail, computer viruses and a form of online fraud known as 'phishing'.

VeriSign Email Security Service is a managed e-mail service that intercepts, scans and filters e-mail traffic before passing it to customer e-mail servers.

A separate programme, called the Anti-Phishing Solution, helps companies detect and combat scams that target their customers, VeriSign said.

The new services will help organisations fight modern-day scourges like spam e-mail that are lowering worker productivity, said Chad Kinzelberg, a VeriSign vice president.

To use the service, VeriSign customers will modify the mail exchange (or 'MX') record for their e-mail domain to point to VeriSign's Email Security Service servers.

MX records tell other e-mail servers using the SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) what server to deliver e-mail to for that domain, he said.

VeriSign is using e-mail management and security technology from FrontBridge Technologies.

FrontBridge's products will provide the core spam elimination, antivirus and disaster recovery features for VeriSign's service, under a multiyear license with VeriSign, the company said.

Antivirus engines from Sophos, Symantec and Trend Micro will scan customer e-mail arriving at VeriSign's data centre. Heuristic filters built into the FrontBridge product will weed out spam and delete or quarantine it.

Customers will also be able to create policies for blocking or quarantining messages with undesirable content, Kinzelberg said.

The new VeriSign Anti-Phishing Solution will repackage data, expertise and technology that is already used in other services.

Phishing scams are online crimes that use spam e-mail to direct Internet users to websites resembling legitimate e-commerce sites, but are actually controlled by thieves.

The sites ask users for sensitive information such as a password, social security number, bank account or credit card number, often under the guise of updating account information.

Paul Roberts writes for IDG News Service

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