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Antivirus and Anti-Spam Protection Combined in GFI MailEssentials™ 2012

on May 3, 2012

anti-spam and email securityIn order to help small to medium-sized businesses (SMB) in the fight against email-borne threats, we have now launched GFI MailEssentials 2012 UnifiedProtection. The solution features robust anti-spam functionality, now combined with up to five virus detection engines, including the award-winning GFI VIPRE® antivirus, to give SMBs comprehensive protection against phishing, spam and virus-carrying emails.

Email is a critical business function that is also a conduit through which malware can enter an organization and wreak havoc. A continuing battle for organizations of all sizes, spam emails represent more than 70% of all emails sent on a daily basis and a recent GFI survey of SMBs found that nearly half of respondents (44%) had suffered a data breach as a direct result of email-borne malware. 84% of those surveyed said the volume of spam in their organization had either increased (52%) or remained the same (32%) in the past year. One of the main reasons SMBs are still struggling with the influx is that 48% simply rely on the anti-spam component of their antivirus solution to block spam, rather than employing a dedicated email security solution. GFI MailEssentials 2012 UnifiedProtection combines GFI’s top email security technologies to deliver a spam capture rate greater than 99% with low false positives and multiple antivirus engines, mitigating the risks associated with malware-laden email.

To help SMBs protect their networks and intellectual property from email-based threats, GFI MailEssentials 2012 UnifiedProtection has bolstered its robust anti-spam and anti-phishing capabilities by adding GFI VIPRE and Bitdefender virus scanning engines to its protection capabilities. For heightened protection, administrators may also license additional engines from Kaspersky Lab, McAfee and Norman. By integrating robust virus detection into GFI MailEssentials, IT administrators can now deploy a complete, easy-to-use email security solution, all managed from a single, redesigned and intuitive, web-based dashboard.

Existing GFI MailEssentials customers* will be able to easily upgrade to GFI MailEssentials 2012 UnifiedProtection and enjoy the same reliable spam detection they have come to value and expect, together with the benefit of award-winning antivirus capabilities. Similarly, GFI MailSecurity* customers will be able to upgrade to GFI MailEssentials 2012 UnifiedProtection and avail themselves of top-notch spam filtering in addition to the robust email security they have grown accustomed to.

GFI MailEssentials Unified Protection also provides:

  • Flexible and granular user-based attachment and keyword filtering
  • Advanced content filtering
  • Added email security through Trojan and email exploit detection and HTML sanitation
  • Powerful email reporting capabilities


Learn more about GFI MailEssentials 2012 UnifiedProtection


About the Author:

David Kelleher is Director of Public Relations at GFI Software. With over 20 years’ experience in media and communications, he has written extensively for business and tech publications and is an editor and regular contributor to Talk Tech to Me.

Adam Luske May 7, 201211:27 pm

I love the layered approach to virus detection, as when you look at any report about a new trojan or worm, you can typically see which antivirus software detects it and which don’t, and even the most trusted names miss one here and there on day zero. It’s really not excessive when you’re actually using it and from there you can feel much more safe.

Josh Dane May 9, 20122:53 am

Yes, layered approaches to virus and spam protection sound good. But, most small and medium businesses might not want to invest on additional security. It is, after all, not really critical to their main objective. The article touts the benefits of GFI MailEssentials but mentions in passing that additional protection can be purchased from other virus or spam software developers. This does not sound that there is enough confidence on MailEssentials.

Adam, you said that there are trusted names that fail to detect some virus. Do share the list. I’ll inquire from those companies what further updates have been done to take care of it.

Redundancies can be costly. Something I am often doubtful to do.

Alex Cachia May 9, 20129:59 am

Josh, the article is merely referring to the fact that GFI MailEssentials supports scanning emails for viruses with multiple antivirus engines which can all be licensed from GFI and without needing to purchase them from “other developers”.

Alex Cachia May 9, 201210:01 am

Furthermore, what Adam said is that even the most trusted names miss one here and there >>> on day zero <<<. He is referring to the fact that there is a certain time lag between the outbreak of a virus and an update going out for an AV to handle it (unless it can handle it proactively). Now, that time lag will vary – sometimes one AV handles a particular virus first, sometimes another AV. Hence, having multiple AV engines in place gives you a better chance of being protected as early as possible.

Alex Cachia May 9, 201210:03 am

As for security not being critical to the main objective of most SMBs – I bet those who suffered an outbreak at some point or another would beg to differ ;-)