SOURCE: Sunbelt Software

January 15, 2008 10:00 ET

Sunbelt Software Introduces Ninja Blade™ Email Security Appliances

Aggressively Priced Systems Deliver Carrier-Grade Email Security for SMBs, Enterprises

CLEARWATER, FL--(Marketwire - January 15, 2008) - Sunbelt Software, a leading provider of security and management software, today announced the general availability of its new series of email security appliances, Ninja Blade. These new systems deliver the most affordable, best-in-class, carrier-grade email security appliances on the market, allowing organizations to build a secure and scalable messaging infrastructure without overspending critical budget dollars.

Ninja Blade builds on Sunbelt's award-winning experience in email security, providing powerful inbound and outbound protection from spam, viruses, and malicious attachments. Additional technologies such as built-in disclaimers and comprehensive rules-based email management make the platform extremely robust, comprehensive, and easy-to-manage.

Ninja Blade is built on commercial software, as opposed to inexpensive solutions which re-brand open source offerings. The hardware is industrial-grade as well, built through a partnership with Dell Inc., with one year of onsite service included with every purchase.

"With Ninja Blade, customers now have a choice to secure their email infrastructure at the perimeter, or complement their existing server-based email security," said Alex Eckelberry, CEO of Sunbelt Software. "Importantly, we have architected the product to be a powerful, industrial-strength appliance, at a price point that beats other market offerings."

Built in partnership with Dell

Ninja Blade is built on Dell's PowerEdge™ server family. This partnership provides an outstanding level of quality and reliability, backed by one year of on-site service with a guaranteed turnaround of four hours in most geographic locations. Additional support options are also available for a nominal cost.

Best-of-breed antispam and antivirus protection

For antispam protection, Ninja Blade uses the Cloudmark™ antispam engine which provides superior signature-based detection against spam, phishing, and email spoofing. Additional technologies such as Sender Policy Framework (SPF) and RBLs are provided to further strengthen detection of spam.

To protect against viruses and zero-day threats, Ninja Blade incorporates BitDefender's best-in-class antivirus technology. BitDefender's antivirus engine provides comprehensive protection against viruses, backdoors, trojans, and other malicious threats, certified by Virus Bulletin, ICSA Labs and Checkmark.

Uses the MessageSystems carrier-class MTA

The foundation of Ninja Blade is its use of MessageSystems' carrier-class MTA (Message Transfer Agent), capable of handling millions of unique messages per hour -- making it one of the fastest solutions on the market today.

Through the MessageSystems framework, Ninja Blade is also able to provide robust connection and traffic filtering to help manage performance. Even with the potential threat of attacks such as Denial of Service (DoS) and Directory Harvest Attacks (DHA), Ninja Blade's traffic management features safeguard against unnecessary strain on email infrastructure and provides sender reputation filters, connection rejection, DoS and DHA protection, and administrator-defined block/allow lists that help streamline email management and maximize reliability.

Comprehensive, rules-based email management

Ninja Blade's management tools allow administrators to easily implement rules for both inbound and outbound email. A variety of rules can be created based on a number of email message properties such as body, sender IP, header, or subject, with the ability to add further custom rules for even more powerful filtering. Additionally, rules can be created that help ensure enforcement of how messages are handled based on an organization's unique business processes and corporate messaging and security policies.

Global attachment filtering and disclaimers

Using Ninja Blade's pre-loaded filtering lists of attachment file types for both inbound and outbound filtering, administrators have the ability to select varying levels of attachment blocking ranging from light to heavy filtering, with each pre-loaded list containing an expanding set of file types to filter. Attachment filtering can be further customized with rules based on the characteristics of the attached file, keywords and phrases in the message header, and more. Ninja Blade also includes built-in global disclaimers for all outbound email in text or HTML formats.

Easy deployment and administration; integrates with Active Directory

Ninja Blade's easy-to-use, advanced web-based interface enables administrators to install, configure and manage their entire gateway email security from any web browser. With easy setup and fast deployment, Ninja Blade can be installed and configured in minutes with a minimum of configuration effort needed. With real-time Active Directory and LDAP integration, Ninja Blade provides hands-off maintenance and seamlessly integrates with existing IT infrastructures.

Flexible reporting

Ninja Blade delivers flexible reporting capabilities using a set of pre-defined reports with the ability to view reports within the interface or email reports on a scheduled basis. Reports include information at the level of system, component, and/or user. Reporting options can show the number of inbound mail messages scanned, number of spam deleted or marked, number of viruses intercepted, number of filters triggered, percentage of viruses by name, disclaimers used, and more.

Availability and pricing

Ninja Blade is available immediately in four models, the Ninja Blade 500, 1000, 2500, and 5000. U.S. prices start at $1,995, with a number of support and maintenance plans available. For more information, please contact Sunbelt Software at 888-688-8457 or visit

About Sunbelt Software

Headquartered in Tampa Bay (Clearwater), Fla., Sunbelt Software was founded in 1994 and is a leading provider of Windows security and management software with product solutions in the areas of antispam and antivirus, antispyware, and vulnerability assessment. Leading products include the CounterSpy product line, Ninja Email Security and endpoint firewall technologies. The company is part of Sunbelt International Group, based in Paris, France.

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