SOURCE: MailFrontier

September 13, 2005 08:00 ET

MailFrontier Gateway Appliance Supplies OfficeMax With Industry-Leading Email Security Protection

MailFrontier Provides Defense Against Spam, Phishing and Directory Harvest Attacks

PALO ALTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 13, 2005 -- MailFrontier™, the leader in email security, today announced OfficeMax® Incorporated, a leader in both business-to-business and retail office products distribution, has selected MailFrontier Gateway™ Appliance to prevent growing email threats, such as spam, phishing and directory harvest attacks, from reaching its corporate network. OfficeMax selected MailFrontier for its effectiveness, end-user experience and minimal administrative requirements.

With more than 10,000 active email users at corporate offices and the company's retail stores across North America, OfficeMax's IT department was spending up to 60 hours a week battling the unwanted email that accounted for half of all inbound messages. Despite the huge administrative effort, employees were still complaining about receiving spam and finding important business emails were being blocked by the previous anti-spam solution. After reviewing leading vendors, OfficeMax found MailFrontier was the most effective email security solution for the diverse needs of the company's corporate and in-store users.

"As a retailer, we have special email security and interface needs for our in-store employees," said Sean Power, IT security lead for OfficeMax. "It was critical to have an email security solution that allowed for user customization. We wanted to streamline the interface for our in-store employees, as well as have email transparency for all users with junk box summaries. Nothing compared with MailFrontier in the user experience department. MailFrontier is effectively blocking our unwanted email and users are very happy."

As a high-profile brand, OfficeMax is often the target of potentially debilitating threats, such as directory harvest and phishing attacks. The retailer experienced directory harvest attacks with millions of inbound messages a day, enough to bring any network down. OfficeMax is now using four MailFrontier Gateway Appliance M500s at the network perimeter to ensure dangerous and unwanted email doesn't reach corporate systems. The retailer uses MailFrontier appliances physically located in several geographies to process inbound email in a split configuration to block unwanted email at all the email entry points. This configuration provides OfficeMax's IT team with effortless control through a centralized administrative console for email quarantine, system management and reporting across their entire email network.

"MailFrontier's integrated email security protection is able to handle both the volume and variety of email threats we face, eliminating problems in the internal mail environment. The MailFrontier appliances have reduced our overall expenditure on email security through ease-of-use and effectiveness, so administrative time is down to just a few minutes a week, mostly for reporting. MailFrontier is dramatically better than anything out there," added Power.

About MailFrontier

MailFrontier is the leading provider of email security solutions that protect organizations against threats such as spam and viruses, provide control for content compliance and enable consolidation of email infrastructure. The MailFrontier platform provides power without complexity. The company has more than 1,400 enterprise customers, including HealthEast Care System, Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc., OfficeMax, Pier 1 Imports, San Francisco Giants, SAP and Wyndham International. Founded in 2002, MailFrontier is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. For additional information, go to

MailFrontier and MailFrontier Gateway are trademarks of MailFrontier, Inc. OfficeMax is a registered trademark of OfficeMax. All other company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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