TREND Micro Inc, a leader in network anti-virus and Internet content security, and Postini Inc, a leading email security service provider, have joined forces to deliver an enterprise anti-spam service designed to block unsolicited email at the Internet gateway.
Trend Micro said in a statement that the new service called Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service could potentially block 90% to 95% or more of spam with filters that customers could customise themselves based on their business needs and sensitivity to various categories of spam.
According to management services provider Ferris Group, in 2003, corporations will incur US$10bil in costs related to spam. Organisations face waste of resources like email storage space, network bandwidth, and man-hours used to identify and deal with unwelcome emails, as well as the increased potential of malware or computer viruses being introduced into their networks through spam.
According to industry analyst META group, the percentage of inbound email classified as spam can be as high as 40% for some organisations. Co-sulting group Gartner predicts that left unchecked, spam will comprise over 50% of corporate email by next year.
The Trend Micro Spam Prevention Service for Sun Solaris is available immediately and that for Microsoft Windows and Linux will be available in the 2nd quarter. It is offered in an English language interface, but many of the engines rules are not language-dependent. Pricing begins at US$30 per user per year for 25 users, with volume discounts available for higher numbers of users.