SOURCE: Proofpoint, Inc.

December 01, 2008 08:00 ET

Washington State University Deploys Proofpoint on Demand to Protect 30,000 Students, Faculty and Staff From Spam and Viruses

Proofpoint's SaaS Email Security Solution Delivers the Outstanding Anti-Spam Accuracy, Scalability and Flexibility Needed to Defend Against Today's Complex Email Security Threats

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - December 1, 2008) - Proofpoint, Inc. (http://www.proofpoint.com), the leading provider of unified email security, archiving and data loss prevention solutions, today announced that Washington State University (WSU) has deployed the company's SaaS email security solution, Proofpoint on Demand™ to keep student, faculty and staff inboxes free from spam and viruses, while improving the overall performance of the university's email infrastructure.

A nationally recognized research university with more than 24,000 students, WSU currently manages more than 20 email domains, serving approximately 30,000 email users. Over the past few years, the university's email traffic has skyrocketed, growing tenfold as its student population increases and inbound spam volumes continue to rise. The university's previous on-premises email security solution began to suffer under the additional load, causing significant mail delays and requiring a large amount of intervention by WSU's IT staff. As the complexity of spam and virus threats grew, the previous system became less and less effective in accurately detecting and blocking spam.

Faced with an urgent need to improve the performance of its email infrastructure, WSU turned to Proofpoint, based on the company's reputation for delivering comprehensive email security solutions with outstanding anti-spam accuracy, high performance and ease-of-use.

"We required a bulletproof solution that could scale easily to handle our increasing email volume and that automatically adapts to constantly changing email threats," said Tom Ambrosi, senior director of networks and chief information security officer for WSU. "We originally evaluated Proofpoint's appliance-based solution, which was up and running quickly and delivered outstanding results."

During a 30-day test of the Proofpoint appliance, the university found that the system delivered near-perfect accuracy against spam and offered all of the administration and end-user features -- including personalized, easy-to-use email- and web-based quarantines -- that the university required.

After the evaluation phase, WSU chose to protect the university's entire email infrastructure by deploying Proofpoint's SaaS solution, Proofpoint on Demand.

"Proofpoint was the right technology choice and, as we moved into production, we realized that there would be significant advantages to using a hosted service," said Viji Murali, vice president of information services and chief information officer at WSU. "We needed a solution that could easily scale with our continued growth, without having to invest in new hardware or worry about capacity planning issues. Proofpoint on Demand is really the best of both worlds. It gives us all of the control and customizability of an on-premises solution, with the convenience, scalability and cost-effectiveness of a hosted service."

Both WSU's IT department and the email users it serves have been impressed with the performance of Proofpoint on Demand.

"As a testament to how well Proofpoint works, when we first started using the system, we actually received an increase in the number of calls to the IT department from users who believed the email server was down, because they weren't receiving any spam," stated Ambrosi.

The Proofpoint on Demand solution continues to catch over half a million spam messages per day, blocking them before they reach WSU's various downstream mail servers. As the university's needs and challenges continue to evolve, WSU expects to adopt additional Proofpoint offerings.

"Most organizations face similar challenges in protecting their users and messaging infrastructures. However, each institution has unique requirements when it comes to deployment models," said Gary Steele, CEO of Proofpoint and Washington State University alumnus. "Proofpoint gives customers the flexibility of deploying 'in the cloud' like WSU, on-premises or using a hybrid approach."

Live Web Seminar: Learn More about WSU's Proofpoint Deployment

To learn more about Washington State University's deployment of Proofpoint's cloud computing solution for email security, register for the live web seminar, "Maximize ROI with Email Security in the Cloud," to be presented Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT. To register, please visit the following URL: http://www.proofpoint.com/id/cloud121008/index.php

In this live webinar, Proofpoint SaaS expert Paul LaPorte and email administrators from Washington State University will discuss how advances in cloud computing and SaaS hold the key to maximizing ROI while delivering the anti-spam, anti-virus, DLP, archiving and encryption features needed to meet today's email security challenges.

About Proofpoint, Inc.

Proofpoint provides unified email security, data loss prevention and email archiving solutions that help enterprises, universities, government organizations and ISPs defend against spam and viruses, prevent leaks of confidential and private information, encrypt sensitive emails and comply with regulations that affect email use. Proofpoint's products are controlled by a single management and policy console and are powered by Proofpoint MLX™ technology, an advanced machine learning system developed by Proofpoint scientists and engineers. Proofpoint solutions can be deployed in hosted service, hardware appliance, virtual appliance, software and hybrid models, for maximum flexibility and scalability. For more information, please visit http://www.proofpoint.com.

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