CipherTrust Raises the Performance Bar with Connection Control, Dramatically Increasing Return on Investment for IronMail Customers


The First Combination of E-mail Traffic Shaping and Reputation Services Dynamically Blocks Spammer Connections to Maximize Effectiveness

CipherTrust, the leader in messaging security, today announced the release of Connection Control, a groundbreaking new component of IronMail, which dramatically improves the award-winning product’s e-mail processing capabilities, resulting in an even higher return on investment for customers. Connection Control, currently in production at enterprises such as Cox Communications, Inc. (NYSE: COX), dynamically rejects upwards of 50 percent of connection attempts from known spammers, and can even cost spammers time and money by making it significantly more expensive for them to deliver unsolicited e-mail.

“For several years, CipherTrust’s IronMail has proven to be an effective, accurate and scalable solution for addressing enterprise messaging security concerns,” said Brian Burke, Research Manager at IDC. “However, the general concern around appliances always has been a matter of scalability as the volumes of spam continue to rise. CipherTrust has been highly proactive with its introduction of Connection Control, addressing the scalability question before it ever became an issue for IronMail, and providing its customers with even more impressive ROI.”

Connection Control is the latest weapon in CipherTrust’s anti-spam arsenal. CipherTrust continues to lead the industry in driving the innovation required to win the fight against e-mail security threats. IronMail’s Spam Profiler, the heart of the industry’s most effective anti-spam solution, identifies the worst spam offenders, and then Connection Control dynamically blocks connections from these offenders at the edge, before spam is filtered by IronMail. CipherTrust has shown the ability to consistently reject close to 50 percent of all inbound e-mail effectively doubling the product’s throughput without requiring any new hardware or processing power.

“CipherTrust’s Connection Control saved us valuable time and resources when we really needed them,” said Franklin Warlick, messaging systems administrator at Cox Communications. “This new technology in IronMail allows us to laser in on the worst offenders, and reject their spamming attempts at the network edge. With Connection Control, Cox Communications was able to reject 15,000 spam messages an hour immediately, giving us great bang for the buck from a product that already paid for itself many times over.”

Work Smarter, Not Harder

CipherTrust’s Connection Control is made possible due to IronMail’s leading Spam Profiler technology and TrustedSource reputation service, which monitors spam sources in real-time. Once “bad” senders have been identified, Connection Control uses several techniques to reject connections from these spammers before again allowing traffic from that sender and reevaluating their messages. The time intervals have been determined by CipherTrust research to provide the optimal protection against spam while still being responsive to changing sender behavior. For spammers, Connection Control makes an IronMail protected domain a poor target for further spamming efforts.

The techniques to block connections use both defensive and offensive approaches. The defensive approach involves a refusal of the inbound connection for a proprietary, pre-defined period of time. Therefore, the spam messages are never processed by IronMail, greatly increasing scalability. The offensive component takes the fight to the spammers. IronMail can limit the bandwidth and resources available to a targeted IP address in order to slow the flow of e-mail to a rate of as little as a handful of messages per hour, and then block whatever messages are delivered. This option hits spammers where it hurts – by consuming their resources and making spam unprofitable. While IronMail has long been recognized in the industry as the most scalable e-mail security solution, and has been deployed by more than 30 percent of the Fortune 100 as well as large educational institutions and government agencies, CipherTrust recognizes that volumes of spam are increasing at an alarming rate. Connection Control not only contributes to more effective spam fighting, but also significantly increases the return on investment for enterprise IT departments. As a standard component on all IronMail appliances, Connection Control will provide existing IronMail customers the scalability to more easily handle the massive volumes of unwanted mail, and deliver new customers an even more compelling blend of features at a competitive price. For more information about Connection Control, please visit
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“CipherTrust’s IronMail offers the most sophisticated and precise detection of spam available. However, as e-mail volume increases, the challenge now is to expand our focus beyond detection to also include response and deterrence, providing additional defenses to the domains protected by IronMail,” said CipherTrust CTO Paul Judge. “Connection Control once again shows CipherTrust’s unmatched technical innovation. Our testing has indicated that Connection Control will reduce spam volume entering IronMail by 20 percent to 50 percent, thus significantly reducing workload and increasing scalability. CipherTrust provides its customers with the best in messaging security and will continue to create solutions to control the inflow of unwanted traffic and ensure the deliverability of legitimate e-mail.”

CipherTrust also today announced that the recently closed third quarter of 2004 marked another record-breaker for the Company, showing continued revenue growth and achieving its ninth consecutive quarter of profitability. For more information about this latest announcement, please visit (Due to the length of this URL, it may be necessary to copy and paste this hyperlink into your Internet browser’s URL address field.)

About CipherTrust

CipherTrust is the leader in messaging security. Recognized as the market leader by IDC, the Company’s award-winning IronMail appliance protects the messaging systems of more enterprise e-mail users than any other solution, including more than 30 percent of the Fortune 100. CipherTrust pioneered messaging security by uniquely combining the five critical e-mail security components of spam and fraud prevention, virus and worm protection, policy and content compliance, e-mail privacy, and intrusion prevention into a single easy to deploy and manage platform. The Company is backed by top tier investors including Battery Ventures and Greylock Partners. For more information about CipherTrust, please visit or call 877.448.8625.

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