SOURCE: Secure Computing

October 21, 2008 09:00 ET

Secure Computing Unveils STAMP Initiative; Outlines Seven Technologies for Advanced Email Protection

Delivers Research, Architecture Requirements and Protection Solutions Needed for Secure Next-Generation Messaging Environments

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - October 21, 2008) - Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), the leading enterprise gateway security provider, today unveiled a new initiative called "STAMP" (Seven Technologies for Advanced Mail Protection) -- designed to comprehensively improve email security by bringing market research, industry architecture requirements and solutions to the forefront. Organizations are faced with a plethora of email challenges, many of which negatively impact businesses and productivity. This includes spam surges, malware threats, sensitive information leaks, and compliance and audit demands. The STAMP initiative provides the marketplace with a deeper knowledge and understanding of the issues, identifies and highlights essential architectural components, and takes a comprehensive look at tools, technologies and solutions necessary to stamp out corporate email risk. Research, resources and solution information related to STAMP can be found at www.securecomputing.com/stamp.

Secure Computing STAMP Initiative

Based on extensive customer experience, a commissioned study from IDC focused on determining how companies are responding to messaging use, and global threat data from TrustedSource.org, Secure Computing has identified the core security components and architecture necessary to effectively combat spam, data leakage and blended threats. The company's objective is to leverage its security expertise and ongoing research to help businesses implement a proactive security architecture that can protect their environments as existing messaging threats increase and new threats arise.

"Our recent survey that looks at North American organizations with 500 employees or more, confirms that organizations are not doing enough to stay safe. Unfortunately they are depending on last generation solutions from multiple vendors to fight organized cyber criminals," said Atri Chatterjee, senior vice president of Secure Computing. "Even in today's challenging economic times, the study shows that executives recognize the importance of email security and organizations are willing to invest in new solutions. Our initiative provides information and resources that help organizations understand the evolving threat environment and take steps to proactively protect themselves."

The survey found that while inbound threats have evolved, only a small portion of organizations are well protected. Unfortunately, 60 percent of organizations were found to be performing dismally and allowing more than 5 percent of email spam into the network. Additionally, nearly half of organizations suffered email data leaks, and while most organizations were very concerned about this, only 28 percent have taken steps to alleviate risk. Finally, the survey discovered that organizations are looking for better ways of delivering email security, and over half of the respondents believed that a hybrid solution approach would deliver the best email security for both inbound and outbound threats.

Seven Requirements for Advanced Mail Protection

Secure Computing has identified the following seven key requirements for addressing today's evolving messaging threats effectively and as cost-effectively as possible:

1.  Real-time, multi-protocol reputation-based messaging security,
    providing zero hour protection, reduced bandwidth and archiving costs;
2.  Multi-tiered inbound defenses, including global and local intelligence
    to deliver 99.5 percent effectiveness;
3.  Complete content detection -- both structured and
    unstructured -- resulting in privacy and intellectual property
    protection;
4.  Robust encryption and other compliance actions based upon policy,
    ensuring compliance and lowering risk of theft;
5.  Integrated inbound and outbound protection solution, thus reducing
    costs and improving efficiency;
6.  A hybrid security application delivery architecture, enabling choice
    or mix of on-premise, hosted and virtualized solutions for greater
    business agility and flexibility;
7.  Enterprise-ready, best-of-breed solution approach, combining
    scalability with stability, ease of administration and robust reporting
    capabilities to maximize and prove ROI to management.

Solutions for a Secure Next-Generation Mail Environment

The STAMP initiative has been driving Secure Computing's next-generation messaging gateway appliance development. And in conjunction with the launch, the company is announcing Secure Mail 6.7.1. Highlights of the new version of Secure Mail include:

1)  Unprecedented inbound mail protection - Secure Mail 6.7.1 delivers
    guaranteed inbound mail protection. Not only does 6.7.1 guarantee
    99 percent spam detection accuracy, but Secure Mail's best practice
    configurations employ real-time dynamic spam classifier and threat
    response updates that take advantage of the TrustedSource
    multi-protocol reputation ratings. The new version reacts faster
    than any other solution to deliver zero-hour threat detection and
    is the only solution to guarantee effectiveness.

2)  Complete data loss prevention for email - Secure Mail provides
    complete data loss prevention for email. Out of the box, 6.7.1 now
    delivers protection for both privacy and intellectual property. By
    bundling with Secure Mail's Advanced Compliance engine (previously
    available separately), 6.7.1 basic email protection boasts five
    content detection techniques, seven extensible policy actions, and
    multiple encryption options.

3)  Administrative empowerment - Secure Mail is built to empower mail
    administrators to deliver rapid ROI and investment protection without
    compromising security or compliance requirements. Secure Mail 6.7.1
    boosts scalability by offering 200 percent performance improvement over
    previous versions of Secure Mail. In addition, it is the first delivery
    of Secure Computing's Hybrid Delivery Architecture for Email. Customers
    purchasing email protection on 6.7.1 will have full service portability
    to future Secure Mail virtual appliance and hosted service offerings,
    providing ongoing investment protection. Secure Mail 6.7.1 features
    enhanced administrative usability and reporting, allowing
    administrators to improve compliance and regulatory reporting.

Secure Computing will provide customers and partners with an in-depth dive into the state of email security in a multi-city world tour, beginning in Washington DC on October 28, 2008. Each presentation will deliver new study findings about how enterprises are dealing with today's risks, and provide recommendations on closing the gap between today's business requirements and today's business practices. Participants will learn how STAMP can keep them in front of spam surges, information leaks and compliance requirements. For more information, or to register, please visit the STAMP Roadshow landing page: http://www.securecomputing.com/STAMP/#events. Secure Computing will host a live webcast to discuss the IDC messaging security study results on Nov. 6, 2008 at 2:00pm EST, featuring IDC's Brian Burke. Please visit the STAMP website to register: www.securecomputing.com/stamp.

Access to Information and Resources

The STAMP Web site, at www.securecomputing.com/stamp, will provide one-stop access to the information and research noted herein, and will also feature a directory of additional resources and expertise.

About Secure Computing Corporation

Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), a leading provider of enterprise gateway security, delivers a comprehensive set of solutions that help customers protect their critical Web, email and network assets. Over half the Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 are part of our more than 22,000 global customers, supported by a worldwide network of more than 2,000 partners. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has offices worldwide. For more information, see http://www.securecomputing.com.

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