Anti-virus solution brings peace of mind to F-Secure
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MessageLabs, the ASP which provides centralised e-mail security, has chosen F-Secure’s Security as a Service as one of its anti-virus solutions.

MessageLabs is using F-Secure anti-virus software in the virus control centre (VCC), which scans for viruses at the Internet level, with no discernible impact on delivery time. The VCC allows users virus-free e-mail without installing dedicated anti-virus software.

Jos White, marketing director at MessageLabs commented: “It is now easier than ever to exchange information, and the next big challenge is to ensure that this information is free of any damaging content.”

MessageLabs’ VCC checks every e-mail with four anti-virus scanners, and intercepts any infected message, notifying both the sender and administrator. The centre can handle millions of e-mails each day.

The F-Secure Policy Manager infrastructure makes anti-virus, file encryption and network encryption available for quarterly, monthly or annual rental.

Jason Holloway, UK general manager for F-Secure said, “This will ultimately lead to data and VPN encryption, as well as anti-virus services, being leased by customers.”

F-Secure has a range of integrated anti-virus, file encryption, distributed firewall and VPN solutions for workstations, servers, gateways, WAP gateways and mobile hand-held devices. For the end-user, Security as a Service is invisible. For the administrator, it means instant alerts, and centralized management of a widely-distributed user base.

Founded in 1988, F-Secure Corporation is headquartered in Espoo, Finland and San Jose, California, and has offices worldwide.

MessageLabs is an ASP specialising in centrally hosted and managed email filtering services. The VCC network infrastructure covers the UK, Benelux and Germany, and scans e-mail for 200,000 users.

The company received world-wide recognition for stopping the ‘Love Bug’ ten hours before an official fix was available. The VCC is sold through UUNET, Star Internet, INS and KPN. Part of the Star Technology Group, MessageLabs was established in January 2000.



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