SOURCE: Message Systems

March 27, 2007 08:15 ET

Message Systems and Commtouch Partner to Combat Spam, Viruses for ISPs

COLUMBIA, MD and SUNNYVALE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 27, 2007 -- Email software solutions provider Message Systems and Commtouch® (NASDAQ: CTCH) today announced that the two companies are working together to provide real-time threat protection solutions to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on a high volume email delivery platform.

The growing volumes and variety of spam and malware -- especially image spam and virus variants emitted by botnets -- have eluded traditional anti-spam and AV engines in the past year. As a result, the ISP's job of protecting their customers has become increasingly more complex.

Under the terms of the OEM licensing agreement, Message Systems has embedded Commtouch's Anti-Spam, Zero-Hour™ Virus Outbreak Protection and Reputation Service technologies into its email software solution effective immediately. ISPs can optionally select to employ one or all three of the Commtouch solutions.

"By running Commtouch anti-threat solutions natively on the Message Systems email solution, we are presenting ISPs with a comprehensive turnkey carrier solution capable of handling massive amounts of email per second," said Barry Abel, Message Systems' vice president of field operations. "Together, we stop all types of spam and viruses at the perimeter in real-time in a completely automated manner before the malware can penetrate the network."

Message Systems' comprehensive software solution can deliver millions of unique messages per hour, making it the one of the fastest email delivery systems on the market. It allows multiple servers to work in unison and be managed from a single enterprise console. A comprehensive policy management module features a full threat prevention matrix and the ability to select best-in-class anti-spam and antivirus solutions to protect the network and end users.

"While this partnership is strategically valuable for our continued growth within the ISP market, it is especially gratifying for us when highly innovative email solution providers like Message Systems entrust us with the mission of providing their customers with the best possible protection against illegal senders," said Jay Goldin, Commtouch's vice president of North American business development.

Commtouch's content-agnostic solutions protect mailboxes from viruses and spam the moment an outbreak occurs, and are successful at defending against fresh threats, such as animated image-based spam, or new strains of viruses. Commtouch's patented Recurrent Pattern Detection™ (RPD™) technology is at the heart of the company's real-time spam blocking, Zero-Hour Virus Outbreak Protection and Reputation Service offerings. Recognized by independent research groups and industry analysts as a ground-breaking messaging security strategy, RPD technology analyzes the distribution patterns of billions of messages, and the reputation of hundreds of millions of senders, to identify new malware outbreaks as soon as they are introduced into the Internet.

"An integrated, layered approach to email threat prevention is the most effective way for ISPs to stop pipe-clogging spam, repel viruses and keep customers protected," said Dan Yachin, research director at IDC EMEA Emerging Technologies. "Combining high-speed email delivery with multi-layered security protection on a single platform creates a highly manageable system that will continue to protect even as new threats emerge."

The three security tiers in the integrated Message Systems-Commtouch solution include Traffic Flow Control to block abuse at the edge, Aggressive Filtering comprised of anti-spam, anti-virus and reputation engines at the center layer, and Backend System Connectivity for innermost layer protection to satisfy mail flow requirements between external systems and achieve complete abuse policy enforcement.

About Commtouch

Commtouch Software Ltd. (NASDAQ: CTCH) is dedicated to protecting and preserving the integrity of the world's most important communications tool -- e-mail. Commtouch has over 16 years of experience developing messaging software and is a global developer and provider of proprietary anti-spam, Zero-Hour virus protection and IP Reputation solutions. Using core technologies including RPD (Recurrent Pattern Detection™), the Commtouch Detection Center analyzes billions of email messages per month to identify new spam and malware outbreaks within minutes of their introduction into the Internet. Integrated by more than 50 OEM partners, Commtouch technology protects thousands of organizations, with over 50 million users in over 100 countries. Commtouch is headquartered in Netanya, Israel, and has a subsidiary in Sunnyvale, Calif. For more information, see: The site includes the Commtouch online lab detailing spam statistics and charts.

About Message Systems

Founded in 1997, Message Systems is a worldwide provider of email software solutions and services for email service providers (ESPs), Internet service providers (ISPs) and large enterprises that need to manage the delivery of large amounts of email. Through a combination of technology, partnerships and intellectual capital, Message Systems offers a family of software solutions and services that address the email infrastructure and deliverability needs for organizations ranging from regional businesses to the Global 2000. With the most powerful Message Transfer Agent (MTA) on the market supporting more than 100,000 concurrent connections per server, Message Systems gets millions of unique messages to the right place at the right time. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, Message Systems has a network of channel partners in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, go to

Recurrent Pattern Detection, RPD and Zero-Hour are trademarks, and Commtouch is a registered trademark, of Commtouch Software Ltd. U.S. Patent No. 6,330,590 is owned by Commtouch.

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