GFI MailEssentials awarded Checkmark Premium Certification

January 23, 2007 - 12:00

London, UK – GFI MailEssentials for Exchange/SMTP has been awarded the Checkmark Anti-Spam Premium Certificate. The technology report produced by West Coast Labs highlights the detailed technical analysis the product went through and found that the anti-spam, anti-phishing and email management solution had a 98% spam detection rate, above the Checkmark requirements. After rigorous testing, and ahead of competitive products, GFI MailEssentials also achieved a 100% valid email identification rate; ensuring that no legitimate email was blocked.

The Checkmark system tests and certifies that security products meet international standards, requiring that anti-spam software meets a minimum of 97% spam detection. West Coast Labs conducted a range of tests in conjunction with Checkmark to indicate how the GFI product performed in a simulated business environment. The solution was evaluated in terms of features and functionality, the way it integrated into a network infrastructure, the level of administrator support it requires and the spam detection capabilities. It was measured against live spam from an initial out-of-the-box configuration, through daily “training” to an optimum spam detection level over two weeks.

The report found that system requirements for GFI MailEssentials were low, with the set-up process being remarkably fast and pain-free. The report stated that the easy to follow instructions enable administrators to perform the “best-fit deployment”. West Coast Labs described the solution as a “flexible and high performance mail security tool” and the results of the tests proved that it is highly efficient and helps to remove the spam burden.

“The results of the tests prove without doubt that GFI MailEssentials is a high quality solution,” highlighted Simon Azzopardi, Vice President, EMEA Sales, GFI. “Not only did it exceed the Checkmark requirements for spam detection rates, it also achieved 100% correct identification of genuine emails, ensuring that they were not marked as spam.”

“The fact that GFI MailEssentials trains itself based on the email practices of a company sets it apart from competitive products,” said David Vella, Director, Content Security Products, GFI. “It allows an organization to optimize spam protection for the exact type of traffic they receive and the fact that it is so easy to deploy means that it can be implemented by any company.”

About GFI MailEssentials for Exchange/SMTP
GFI MailEssentials offers spam and phishing protection at server level and eliminates the need to install and update anti-spam and anti-phishing software on each desktop. It offers a fast set-up and a high spam detection rate using Bayesian analysis and other methods – no configuration required, very low false positives through its automatic whitelist, and the ability to automatically adapt to the email environment to constantly tune and improve spam detection. GFI MailEssentials also adds email management tools to your mail server: disclaimers, email archiving and monitoring, Internet mail reporting, list server, server-based auto replies, anti-phishing and POP3 downloading. GFI MailEssentials pricing is very competitive, with a 50-user version costing just USD 725, as an example. More information about GFI MailEssentials and a trial version are available 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