ActiveState’s PerlMx Offers Integrated Anti-Spam Solution with McAfee Security Anti-Virus Protection

VANCOUVER, BC — October 21, 2002 — ActiveState Corp., a leader in enterprise anti-spam and email filtering solutions, and Network Associates (NYSE: NET), a leading provider of network security and availability solutions, today announced that ActiveState’s PerlMx customers will be protected from the threat of email-borne viruses with the integration of McAfee Security’s leading anti-virus technology into the PerlMx solution. PerlMx is ActiveState’s complete email filtering system for spam protection and corporate policy enforcement.

Unsolicited email is no longer just an annoyance or a cause of lost productivity for employees, but can pose a significant threat to Internet-based business communication. According to an ICSA Labs survey, email is the source of 83% of all virus infections. Today there are over 57,000 known email-borne virus threats. And, according to the National Association of Attorneys General, one of the fastest growing crimes over the past year has been the use of spam as a tool for conducting fraud and identity theft. Consequently, businesses today need to take a comprehensive and aggressive approach to fighting unsolicited email.

PerlMx’s key customer benefits:
* world class anti-virus protection from McAfee Security, which detects known and unknown viruses, worms, and malicious code
* safely identify and quarantine over 98% of spam, virtually removing the problems of unsolicited email management for end users
* protect the organization from email threats such as confidentiality breaches and legal liability
* gateway protection automatically blocks or quarantines messages before they are sent to or received from the desktop

According to an article written by a Gartner Inc. analyst, an estimated 30 to 50% of all messages coming toward enterprises are spam or contain malicious content. Gartner Inc. predicts that this will continue to rise, and that serious spam and virus control is needed to optimize the use of bandwidth, disk space and people time. They strongly recommend that enterprises implement a comprehensive solution to guard the boundary of the enterprise.(i)

“In light of very real concerns about cybersecurity and industrial espionage, serious defenses are needed in a way they have never been needed before. For enterprises, this should at the very least be done at the boundary, with a ‘border guard’ implementation for email defense,” said Joyce Graff, VP and Research Director at Gartner Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut.

“Businesses today are looking for a complete and easily managed solution to protect and preserve their electronic messaging systems,” said Chris Kraft, Director of Product Management, ActiveState. “With the integration of McAfee Security’s anti-virus technology, PerlMx customers have a comprehensive solution to their anti-spam and other mail filtering needs, from recognized industry leaders.”

“Enterprises are continually working to prevent unwanted email from disrupting corporate systems and recognize the importance of having a scalable solution to protect against spam,” said Todd Gebhart, vice president of service provider and OEM sales for McAfee Security at Network Associates. “The integration of McAfee Security’s anti-virus technology offers comprehensive protection to help defend against the threat of viruses and malicious code.”

PerlMx is sold via ActiveState’s direct sales force. Flexible, server based pricing allows for unlimited user access, and removes the requirement to track and report users. Additional information is at For pricing and licensing information please contact 1.866.866.2802.

About McAfee Security
McAfee Security is a product division of Network Associates, Inc. that protects businesses from security breaches, virus attacks and blended threats. McAfee Security provides comprehensive network protection through industry leading anti-virus, encryption, desktop firewall, intrusion detection, viral vulnerability assessment and online managed services. All McAfee Security products and services are backed by the world-leading anti-virus research organization, AVERT (Anti-Virus Emergency Response Team), the team responsible for providing cures for major outbreaks like LoveLetter, CodeRed and Nimda. For more information, McAfee Security can be reached at 888-VIRUS-NO, and on the Internet at

About ActiveState Corp.
ActiveState is the leader in applied open source. ActiveState technologies are used by over 70% of the Fortune 500, minimizing obstacles for open language programmers, and increasing productivity in the enterprise. These offerings leverage the power of Perl, PHP, Python, Tcl, XSLT, sendmail, and other popular open source technologies and encompass cross-platform development and server-side email management. More information is at:

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