GTA Integrates ‘Powered By Mailshell’ Spam Filter Into its Full Range of Firewall and VPN Products

December 8, 2004 — Global Technology Associates Inc. (GTA) today introduced advanced spam filtering in its GNAT Box OS firewall and VPN products, by integrating the award-winning spam engine from Mailshell, the OEM anti-spam leader and creator of the world’s first SpamCompiler. With today’s release, GTA’s products now feature embedded spam filtering functionality within the firewall email proxy. A simple activation code allows customers to enable spam filtering without downloading any new software. GTA will release versions of its full product line, from small firewall appliances through its large enterprise-level appliances, featuring the “Powered by Mailshell’ filter.

“We evaluated many spam filters and the Mailshell engine provides exceptional spam filtering accuracy and integrated perfectly within the available footprint of our firewall appliances,” said Paul Emerson, president and CEO of GTA. “Mailshell also performed best against foreign language spam, “phishing’ and other fraudulent emails among all the spam filtering solutions we tested.”

“GTA’s precise focus and technical proficiency have made it a leading developer of cost-effective network security solutions,” said Tonny Yu, CEO of Mailshell. “We’ve been impressed by GTA’s clear understanding of customer needs, opportunities and its rigorous technical processes.”

The Mailshell engine features the world’s first SpamCompiler, which can process more than a million filter checks in a fraction of a second. It also filters mail using Mailshell’s new SpamRepute Index, an advanced statistical analysis-based method of quantifying email senders’ reputations, to identify “phishing’ and other fraud-based email.

The Mailshell-enabled products will become available with release of GNAT Box OS version 3.6 for new firewall appliances (GB-2000, GB-2000e, GB-250 and GB-250e), and shortly thereafter on GNAT Box OS version 3.6 for current firewalls models (GB-1500, GB-1200, GB-1000R, GB-750, GB-500, GB-200, RoBoX-R and GB-Ware).

Global Technology Associates, Inc., is a world leader in cost-effective network security solutions; its products include firewall/VPN appliances and firewall/VPN system software. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, the privately held company has since 1994 been the developer of firewalls that lead the market in price/performance. GTA has international distribution partners in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania.

Mailshell is the leading anti-spam OEM and is the first and only anti-spam engine in the world with SpamCompiler Technology. SpamCompiler can process more than a million filter checks in a fraction of a second. Via Mailshell’s OEM partners, more than 4,000 companies and 10 million consumers worldwide rely on the “Powered by Mailshell’ software to block spam. Mailshell’s software helps its OEM partners increase their average revenue per customer, create new sources of recurring revenue, and decrease sales and support costs.

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