SOURCE: Cloudmark

March 17, 2008 08:00 ET

Melbourne IT of Australia Selects Cloudmark Authority to Protect E-mail Subscribers From Messaging Abuse

Australia's Largest Web and Application Hosting Company Experiences Significantly Improved Message Filtering Accuracy and More Efficient Infrastructure Utilization With Cloudmark Authority

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2008) - Cloudmark, Inc., the global leader in messaging security, today announced that Melbourne IT (ASX: MLB), Australia's largest Web and application hosting company, has selected Cloudmark Authority™ to protect its e-mail subscribers from messaging abuse. Since deploying Cloudmark Authority, Melbourne IT, through its Web hosting brand, WebCentral, has seen a dramatic reduction in the amount of e-mail-borne threats, including spam, phishing and viruses, making their way to customer inboxes. As a result, the company is able to provide the highest levels of e-mail protection and satisfaction for its extensive customer base. In addition, with Cloudmark Authority, Melbourne IT benefits from overall improved system performance and savings in infrastructure and operational costs.

The sheer volume of spam has soared in Australia, including widespread phishing scams purporting to come from leading Australian banks. In the face of growing malicious traffic volume, Melbourne IT found that its existing filtering solution couldn't process this unwanted increase in traffic as effectively and efficiently as required. The company explored several options and conducted a proof-of-concept trial with Cloudmark Authority. In the trials, Cloudmark Authority proved to be significantly more accurate in blocking messaging abuse, while generating fewer false positives than competitive solutions. Further, Cloudmark delivered a dramatic improvement in the company's message processing performance, which reduced hardware requirements by up to 80 percent. Beyond hardware cost savings, this smaller infrastructure footprint reduces data center space and power consumption, which is especially critical for hosting companies and consistent with Melbourne IT's sustainability strategy.

"In Australia, there is growing public pressure on both government and service providers to clean up e-mail and stop the onslaught of unwanted and potentially dangerous messages flooding inboxes," said Michael West, messaging product manager of WebCentral. "We are committed to protecting our customers by using the best technology available and found that the high level of accuracy of Cloudmark Authority best met our needs and simultaneously helped us to optimize our infrastructure utilization. With Cloudmark, we help to ensure that our customers are shielded from e-mail threats and receive the messages they want in a timely fashion. We are proud to be the first provider in Australia to offer this level of service and security."

Cloudmark Authority achieves industry-leading accuracy and performance through Advanced Message Fingerprinting™ algorithms and real-time, corroborated feedback from the Global Threat Network, the largest and most sophisticated in the industry consisting of trusted reporters in more than 200 countries. Cloudmark Authority rapidly scans messages for all forms of abuse, including viruses, spam and phishing, using an in-memory cache of verified fingerprints that is automatically updated and distributed to customers every 45 seconds. As a result, Cloudmark Authority is able to stop e-mail-borne threats with greater than 98 percent accuracy and near zero false positives.

"Like every country with high Internet penetration, Australia is facing the problems associated with the global increase in spam, phishing and virus attacks," said David Somerville, VP of regional sales, Asia Pacific, at Cloudmark. "Unfortunately, while many messaging security providers deliver threat coverage for the U.S. and Europe, coverage in Australia, especially against threats originating in Australia and Asia, has been erratic and unreliable. Cloudmark is the first leading messaging security provider to provide real-time threat data to Australian service providers from reporters in Australia. Melbourne IT and its WebCentral hosting business are setting the standard for protecting consumers against the proliferation of e-mail threats and we look forward to working closely with them."

Companies in Australia interested in learning more about Cloudmark Authority can contact eCorner, a leading provider of secure eCommerce solutions for small and medium enterprises and a Cloudmark strategic distribution partner, at or visit:

About Cloudmark

Cloudmark, Inc. is a global leader in carrier-grade messaging security, delivering the industry's fastest, most comprehensive and most accurate real-time spam, virus and phishing protection for fixed and mobile networks. Cloudmark solutions combine highly sophisticated Advanced Message Fingerprinting™ technology based on innovative, high-performance algorithms and a Global Threat Network consisting of trusted reporters in 200 countries to provide security intelligence and filtering at all points in the messaging infrastructure. Cloudmark solutions currently protect more than 300 million mailboxes and the company works with more than 100 of the world's largest service providers and mobile operator networks (including 11 of the top 12 in North America), such as EarthLink, Comcast, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, NTT OCN and Swisscom as well as hosted messaging providers, including Synacor, domainFACTORY and NuVox. Cloudmark is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco with offices in London, Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit

About eCorner Pty Ltd

eCorner™ is a leading provider of eBusiness solutions and messaging security technology. eCorner will help you build and deploy an electronic commerce capability or protect your email infrastructure from malicious spam and phishing. We are the Australia & New Zealand master distributor for ePages™ software and a strategic distribution partner of anti-messaging abuse provider Cloudmark™.

About Melbourne IT

Melbourne IT Limited (ASX: MLB) is a world leader in the supply of domain name registration and other online solutions with a strong commitment to the delivery of high value internet services and web-based solutions to organisations of all sizes across the globe. Melbourne IT was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in 1999 and has a network of offices in locations across the world.

Contact Information

  • Media contacts:

    Marisa Dulyachinda or Payal Cudia
    Schwartz Communications, Inc. for Cloudmark
    (415) 512-0770

    Monique Roberts
    Manager, Corporate Communications
    Melbourne IT
    on 0412 879 360

    John Debrincat
    Managing Director
    +612 9494 0200