SOURCE: Message Systems

April 18, 2007 09:00 ET

Message Systems Email Solution Compliant With DKIM Authentication Standard

Message Systems Email Solution Supports DKIM for Both Senders and Receivers; Also Incorporates Microsoft Sender ID Email Authentication Technology

COLUMBIA, MD and BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 18, 2007 --Email software solutions provider Message Systems announced today at the Authentication and Online Trust Alliance Summit 2007 (AOTS 07) that its email solution is compliant with the Domain Keys Identified Email (DKIM) authentication standard recently approved by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

Message Systems email software solution can now sign outbound messages with DKIM for senders and validate DKIM-signed messages for receivers. DKIM is the first message-based authenticity standard for all senders, ISPs and receivers.

Barry Abel, Message Systems' vice president of field operations, said, "Authentication issues have wreaked havoc on email communities for years thanks to the rapid evolution of phishing, pharming and other social engineering attacks. Moving to standardized authentication methods will provide the industry with a well defined set of tools, giving senders and receivers a unified methodology to verify email authenticity."

As a 35-year email industry veteran, Dave Crocker, Principal of Brandenburg InternetWorking, has worked extensively on DKIM and other email standardization efforts. Crocker added, "Until now, there was no way to be certain who actually sent a message. DKIM is the pivotal component to reestablishing trust in email. Once you have a signature, you can evaluate the signer's reputation. If it is good then their mail is likely to be delivered, rather than get caught in the guessing game played by recipients' abuse-filtering systems."

Abel added, "By adding the recently ratified DKIM to our email solution for both senders and receivers, our corporate customers can realize immediate benefits -- our enterprise customers can attain brand protection by ensuring that their domain cannot be impersonated, and ISPs and ESPs can use DKIM to reject, quarantine or tag questionable mail and, in turn, provide a better e-mail experience."

The Message Systems email solution is also compliant with Microsoft's Sender ID email authentication technology protocol. "We want our customers to know that regardless of the authentication technology they use -- whether it's DKIM, Sender ID, or other existing or new technologies -- we will make every effort to support it," concluded Abel.

About DKIM

DKIM provides a method for validating an identity that is associated with a message, during the time it is transferred over the Internet. That identity then can be held accountable for the message. The product is the result of two years of industry collaboration to develop an open standard email authentication specification, the DKIM Proposed Standard is expected to be ratified by the IETF in July 2007. IETF is large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet.

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 business-critical 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 http://www.messagesystems.com.

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