Microsoft Launches Antigen E-mail Security

by CXOtoday Staff    Jun 08, 2006

Fresh on the heels of launching its first major security offering Windows Live OneCare, for the consumer segment, Microsoft has unveiled a set of anti-virus and anti-spam products for the enterprise segment under the brand name Microsoft Antigen e-mail security.

The product line up, which comes from last year’s acquisition of Sybari Software includes MS Antigen for Exchange, Antigen for SMTP Gateways, Antigen Spam Manager and Antigen Enterprise Manager.

The Antigen e-mail security products use multiple scan engines from companies like AhnLab, Authentium, CA, Kaspersky Lab, MailFilters.com, Norman Data Defense Systems, and Sophos Plc to help provide protection from viruses, spam and other security threats. It also includes Microsoft’s new anti-virus engine from Windows Live OneCare.

While the MS Antigen for Exchange provides anti-virus and content filtering for Exchange Server 2003 and 2000 and stops threats that get past perimeter defenses, the MS Antigen for SMTP Gateways provides anti-virus and content filtering for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2000 Server SMTP Gateways. It takes preventive measures to stop threats before they reach internal messaging resources and users.

The Antigen Spam Manager is designed to offer anti-spam and content filtering for Windows-based SMTP and Exchange servers. The Antigen Enterprise Manager provides centralized management for Antigen-protected servers and is claimed to improve IT administrators’ visibility into and control of e-mail server security.

All the offerings are also available in the form of Antigen Messaging Security Suite.

Some of the other features in the suite include enhanced signature updates and quarantine management for improved security and log file management, and cluster support for easier administration.

According to Microsoft, all the new products have already completed the security development lifecycle process. The vendor plans to make them available by July 1, 2006.

It will be interesting to see how Microsoft tackle the competition in the Security space considering the level of maturity the market is in currently.