Firefighters Extinguish Email Threats With Gfi’s Mail Essentials

Keizer Fire District uses Mail Essentials for Exchange

London, UK, 2 August 2001 – The Keizer Fire District in Oregon, USA deals with emergencies every day but one crisis it does not want to have to face concerns its email use. This is why it has invested in Mail essentials for Exchange, GFI’s email content checking and anti-virus solution for Microsoft Exchange Server, to extinguish all email hazards.

As a newly issued case study shows (, Mail essentials for Exchange protects email users at Keizer Fire District against all types of email-borne threats, such as viruses, dangerous attachments, email attacks, spam and offensive content.

“The Fire Chief, Greg Frank, felt that it was in our best interest to content check all our outgoing emails for inappropriate content to protect the image of the Keizer Fire District and to watch for inappropriate or damaging inbound email, as well as to ensure compliance with our new computer use policy,” explained Rod Conway, Deputy Fire Marshall at Keizer Fire District, adding that everyone’s email is monitored, from the Fire Chief’s to the Secretary’s. “Content checking was main feature we were looking for, and Mail essentials does this very well, either checking against whole words or part of words or phrases.”

Mr. Conway stressed that, with Mail essentials, he has peace of mind as the product quarantines emails and attachments containing dangerous scripting or dubious file types “meaning I don’t have to worry about harmful viruses”.

“The savings associated with Mail essentials are indescribable,” he enthused. “I figure even if just one VBS type of virus infected us, that would equate to about $2,000 in time and expenses to get the problem taken care of, not counting my time lost taking care of public safety issues. Mail essentials prevents that.”

Experience has shown Mr. Conway that having anti-virus protection is not enough: “Due to our Fire District running Mail Essentials for Exchange Server 5.5, we were able to filter out all of the AnnaKournikova.jpg.vbs virus, which our Symantec anti-virus product failed to catch. We received 12 copies in one day alone with all being caught by Mail essentials. Yet, I could not even download new virus definitions from Symantec until nine hours after Mail essentials quarantined the first AnnaKournikova virus.”

About Mail essentials

Mail essentials is the market-leading email content checking solution with over 15,000 servers sold since its launch. Besides scanning for email threats, Mail essentials offers key email features such as the addition of a disclaimer to each outgoing email, an anti-spam module, email use reports, archiving of all email, POP3 downloader, and personalised auto replies. More information can be found at Pricing starts at US$350 for 10 users.

About the Keizer Fire District

Located in the Mid-Willamette Valley, the Keizer Fire District is a government agency providing fire and emergency services to most of the city of Keizer, Oregon, USA. The District covers 10 square miles encompassing 33,000 residents and approximately 500 commercial entities.

About GFI

GFI ( has six offices in the US, UK, Germany, France, Australia and Malta, and has a worldwide network of distributors. GFI is the developer of FAXmaker, Mail essentials and LANguard, and has supplied applications to clients such as Microsoft, Telstra, Shell Oil Lubricants, NASA, DHL, Caterpillar, BMW, the US IRS, and the USAF. GFI has won the Microsoft Fusion 2000 (GEM) Packaged Application Partner of the Year award, and was named one of 1999’s fastest growing software companies for Windows by Microsoft Corp. and CMP Media.

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