GFI MailSecurity awarded Checkmark for antivirus protection a 2nd time

May 05, 2003 - 12:00

GFI’s email security & antivirus package continues to guarantee reliability in the battle against viruses

GFI announced today that GFI MailSecurity for Exchange/SMTP, its email content security and antivirus solution, has been awarded Antivirus Checkmark Level 1 certification from West Coast Labs for the second year in a row. The certification confirms that GFI MailSecurity, launched last year, continues to meet the Checkmark program’s rigorous standards for detecting in-the-wild viruses.

An antivirus solution that can be relied on
The Checkmark is a dominant global standard of effectiveness for computer security products. Checkmark certification provides a clear indication that a product has attained a relevant standard of security provision. The Antivirus Checkmark consists of an industry-accepted test, conducted by West Coast Labs, to ensure that a product can detect viruses that are causing infections in the real world. This gives an independent indication to end users that the certified antivirus product can be relied on.

This testing procedure is repeated at least every three months and if a product fails to preserve its level of detection, its Checkmark is suspended and even withdrawn if the manufacturer does not improve the product’s detection. The manufacturers of Checkmarked products must therefore make a serious commitment to the quality of their products.

"At West Coast Labs, we are delighted by GFI's resoluteness and serious intent to deliver effective and comprehensive detection of In-the-Wild viruses. This success reflects the company's determination to be one of the leading suppliers of this technology," concludes Chris Thomas, Director of West Coast Labs.

About GFI MailSecurity for Exchange/SMTP
GFI MailSecurity for Exchange/SMTP is an email content checking, exploit detection, threats analysis and antivirus solution that removes all types of email-borne threats before they can affect an organization’s email users. GFI MailSecurity’s key features include multiple virus engines, for better protection; email content and attachment checking, to quarantine dangerous emails; an exploit shield, to perform email intrusion detection and defense; and an email threats engine, to analyze and defuse HTML scripts, .exe files and more. More information and a free trial version are available at

About West Coast Labs
West Coast Labs is an independent organization that tests information security products. It is owned by West Coast Publishing Limited, which also owns SC Magazine, a global high-circulation information security magazine. Users can easily verify that a product has a Checkmark by contacting West Coast Labs, or visiting the Checkmark web site at

About GFI
GFI is a leading software developer that provides a single source for network administrators to address their network security, content security and messaging needs. With award-winning technology, an aggressive pricing strategy and a strong focus on small-to-medium sized businesses, GFI is able to satisfy the need for business continuity and productivity encountered by organizations on a global scale. GFI has offices in the US, Malta, UK, Hong Kong and Australia which support more than 200,000 installations worldwide. GFI is a channel-focused company with over 10,000 partners worldwide. GFI is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. More information about GFI can be found at