Sophos MailMonitor Protects Against Mass-Mailing Viruses

Sophos, a world leader in anti-virus protection for businesses, has released new versions of its MailMonitor products for Microsoft Exchange 2000 and Lotus Notes/Domino servers. These two products add significantly to the virus protection, message handling and integration features of the solutions.

Sophos MailMonitor for Exchange 2000 v1.5 scans for viruses in all incoming emails, enabling network administrators to either disinfect, delete or quarantine infected messages. MailMonitor for Exchange 2000’s new features include support for the Microsoft virus-scanning Application Programming Interface (VSAPI) 2.0, allowing full scanning of the Exchange information store in both active and background scan modes.

Furthermore, the new version of MailMonitor for Exchange 2000 can scan newsgroups, both internal and internet Usenet discussion boards, intercepting known viruses, Trojans and worms in real-time. A selective “strip all” facility can also allow system administrators to prevent unknown viruses from being distributed via Exchange newsgroups by blocking all attachments.

“Companies are more likely to be attacked by a virus via email than any other route,” said David Mitchell, MailMonitor product manager at Sophos. “These new versions of our MailMonitor product suite ensure that firms can focus on their core business without disruption.”

Black Box, a leading worldwide network services company providing computer communications, networking services and related products to businesses of all sizes, is already benefiting from the high levels of virus protection offered by MailMonitor.

“With offices spread around the world, email is a very important communication tool for us,” said Doug Boast, Group MIS Manager UK & Ireland of Black Box. “With an ever-increasing number of viruses travelling via email, it is vital for us to have first-class virus protection running at our email gateway. The latest MailMonitor offering from Sophos means we are even better protected against the latest virus threats.”

Sophos MailMonitor for Notes/Domino is now available for the R6 environment, as well as the already supported R4 and R5. It detects and disinfects viruses in Lotus Notes databases and email. Installed on a Lotus Domino server, it intercepts and scans email attachments as they are sent and received providing round-the-clock protection.

Both MailMonitor for Exchange 2000 and MailMonitor Notes/Domino detect viruses, Trojan horses and worms in compressed and archived file attachments, providing automatic centralised reporting of virus incidents and outbreaks. Administrators are automatically alerted on receipt of virus-infected emails. The products come complete with continual updates to protect against the latest viruses, deliverable 24×365 via secure download using Sophos’s Enterprise Manager suite.

More information about the Sophos MailMonitor suite of products can be found at:

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