New Spam Tagging and Email Virus Scanning
March 29, 2004
Iophase Advanced Email Scrubbing
allows corporate email system administrators to activate spam tagging
and email virus scanning almost instantly. Iophase AES requires no
software or modifications to existing corporate email server.
IRVINE, CA (PRWEB) March 29, 2004--Iophase Inc. has announced a new
spam tagging and virus scanning service targeted specifically at
corporate email system administrators and email hosting service
providers. "Our product is somewhat unique in that we check for spam
and viruses from an offsite location before messages even reach your
corporate mail server," said Iophase CEO Owen Scott. "Most systems
require that you install expensive hardware or complicated software.
Ours is a service-based product that 'intercepts' your inbound
messages and sanitizes them before they even get to your mail server."
Prefiltering messages offsite reduces the burden on corporate email
servers and can reduce bandwidth expenses to hosting service providers
and ISPs, according to Scott.
Iophase Advanced Email Scrubbing (AES) uses existing technologies and
protocols in a way that allows a business to activate spam tagging and
virus scanning in just minutes and with very little initial
investment. "Our customers are delighted with the ease with which they
can turn up virus protection for their email users," Scott said. "With
little more than a phone call, they�re up and running."
"Ease of deployment in the corporate and service provider market was
one of our primary design goals with this product," said Iophase
President and CTO Eric Hendrickson. "When a company is inundated with
inbound spam or worm-infested messages, they simply cannot afford the
time it takes to install new software or wait for a new piece of
hardware to arrive. Our product reduces the time needed to deploy a
fix to just a few minutes."
Iophase AES is activated by modifying a DNS entry called an MX record.
DNS is the Internet name service by which friendly names are converted
to IP addresses. "Once we've setup AES for a customer, they can turn
it on and off at will by modifying their MX record," Hendrickson said.
MX records are the bit of DNS that tells the Internet where to send
email for a particular domain. "AES can be active in minutes with
complete coverage usually achieved within 24 hours," according to
Hendrickson. "The amount of time required to see complete coverage
depends entirely on how the customer has configured their DNS."
Inbound messages enter the 'scrubber stack' where they pass through a
series of processes that analyze messages in several ways. "We look at
where the message came to see if it's from a known spammer or
spammer-controller machine, we look for 'spammy' keywords and phrases
within the message and we analyze the structure of the message in an
effort to detect forgeries," Hendrickson said. Worms, virii and
executable attachment are removed by Iophase AES before messages are
delivered to the corporate email server or service provider's email
handling system. Iophase AES also measures the spamminess of a message
based on the proposed new SPF standard.
"Because our product is aimed at corporate email administrators and
hosting service providers, we never outright reject incoming
messages," Scott said. "We feel that customers in this arena will want
to retain final say in what happens with their SMTP messages so we
leave it up to them."
Iophase AES inserts additional headers in email messages. "By tagging
messages in this manner, we allow email administrators to key in on
what we've done and further modify or delete messages using features
built in to their email server product," Scott said. "By offloading
the intensive steps involved with spam and virus detection, corporate
administrators and service providers keep their system load and
bandwidth consumption under control."
Iophase AES runs on high-availability server clusters in a world-class
Internet Datacenter environment. "Our systems are on redundant
multi-gigabit networks powered by multiple utility feeds, generators
and cooling systems," according to Scott.
Additional information is available at http://www.iophase.com. Iophase
Inc. is a privately held corporation based in Irvine, California.
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