Open beta testing begins for Kaspersky® Anti-Spam 3.0

20 Mar
Product News

A new generation of spam filtering systems reaches the final stage of development

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions that protect against viruses, Trojans, worms, hacker attacks, spyware and spam, announces the beginning of open beta testing of Kaspersky® Anti-Spam 3.0, the new generation of its spam filtering system. Kaspersky Anti-Spam 3.0 protects corporate and ISP networks from unsolicited mass mailings. The most significant improvements have been made to the Spamtest™ filtering engine. The new engine features improved performance and stability, combined with low RAM requirements and smaller updates to the content filtration databases, resulting in less web traffic. The solution also uses a new content filtration database delivery system.

The solution also includes all of the features available in the previous version and incorporates a large number of other technological, architectural and functional improvements, making the system significantly more efficient and user-friendly.

All of the spam detection methods have been improved, resulting in much more effective filtration. In particular, algorithms used for the parsing of HTML objects in mail messages have been improved, making it far more difficult for spammers to circumvent filtration systems. Improved analysis of graphic attachments has made recognition of spam containing images significantly more reliable. The graphic spam recognition technology is capable of detecting and filtering unwanted messages even when they contain slight modifications, such as different colors, additional pixels or different colored borders. The quality of spam filtration is also enhanced by an extended and improved mechanism for analyzing message headers; and by implementing new filtering technologies, including the Sender Policy Framework (SPF) and Spam URL Realtime Blocklists (SURBL), which are used to customize the spam filtration policy and are based on spam sender address lists that are updated in real-time.

The new web-based user interface is particularly convenient and user-friendly for administrators. The Control Center was developed following suggestions and recommendations from users of the previous version. It allows the system administrator to configure the product quickly and easily, to manage licenses, monitor the product's performance and view spam statistics.

The filtration policies that define procedures for mail processing are also configured using the convenient Control Center interface, which uses the minimum set of tools required for system administration. Its flexibility also allows administrators to tweak the service to their precise requirements. The administrator can enable or disable individual filtration rules, and define separate message processing rules based on each user group's needs.

Set up and administration of the system is now easier, as all settings are combined in one configuration file, where the administrator can easily find information on each element in the solution.

Finally, Kaspersky Anti-Spam 3.0 offers much better integration with the Sendmail and Communigate PRO mail systems, which are popular among corporate customers.

Kaspersky Anti-Spam combats spam using a multi-level email filtering system. Linguistic analysis is capable of automatically analyzing messages and filtering unwanted mail, and is the only system capable of filtering Russian-language spam.

Information about the conditions and procedures for participation in Kaspersky Lab's beta testing program are available from the beta testing section of the Kaspersky Lab website until June 5, 2006.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab (www.kaspersky.com) develops, produces and distributes secure content management solutions that protect customers from IT threats. Kaspersky Lab's products protect both home users and corporate networks from viruses, spyware, adware, Trojans, worms, hackers and spam. For many years now, the company has waged a battle against malicious programs, and in doing so has gained unique knowledge and skills that have resulted in Kaspersky Lab becoming a technology leader and acknowledged expert in the development of secure content management solutions. Today, Kaspersky Lab's products protect more than 200 million users worldwide and its technology is licensed by leading security vendors globally. To find out more about Kaspersky Lab, visit www.kaspersky.com.