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Microsoft Targets Enterprise Messaging Security

Microsoft Tuesday launched a line of enterprise e-mail security products for its Exchange server software as the company's first venture into corporate security since it bought Sybari Software 16 months ago.

The Redmond, Wash. developer unveiled five new Antigen-branded products Tuesday, all of which will be available via volume licensing July 1. Four of the five can be downloaded in 90-day free trial versions from Microsoft's Web site.

"We're releasing a comprehensive set of Microsoft-branded products that have an unprecedented degree of integration with the Exchange environment," boasted Steve Brown, the director of product management in the company's security, access, and solutions group.

Three renamed and reworked products -- Antigen for Exchange, Antigen for SMTP Gateways, and Antigen Spam Manager -- rely on multiple scanning engines from Ahnlab, Authentium, Computer Associates, Kaspersky Labs, MailFilters, Norman Data Defense Systems, Sophos, and VirusBuster to sniff out malware and/or spam either at the perimeter edge (Antigen for SMTP Gateways) or inside the network at the Exchange server itself (Antigen for Exchange, Antigen Spam Manager).

A three-pack, dubbed Antigen Messaging Security Suite, includes all the components.

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