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EMAILSECURITY Alt-N SecurityGateway Protect your email server with this easy-to-manage application
Userscanbegiven directaccessboth tomessages quarantinedby SecurityGateway andtotheirown quarantinesettings


Logonandyou'reconfrontedwithadashboarddisplay showingthegateway'sstatuswithgraphssummarising recentactivity.Comprehensivemonitoring,loggingand reportingtoolsarealsoincluded. Thegatewaystartsworkingimmediatelywithdefault settingsformostofthetools,althoughyoumaywanttogo inandselectamoreaggressivesetupif,forexample,large amountsofspamarestillgettingthrough.Youcanalsoadd sitestotheblacklistsandwhitelistsheldonthegateway, blockspecificattachmentsandbuildyourowncontent filters.It'spossibletowritescriptsusingtheopensource Sievelanguagethatdrivestheapplication.Asimpleeditor makesthisrelativelyeasytodo,butafairamountof technicalknowledgeisneeded. Suspectmessagescanbeflagged,rejected,deletedor quarantinedinadatabaseheldonthegateway.Onereally nicefeatureistheusers'abilitytomanagethisthemselves, whichcanreallycutdownonsupportcalls.Regularemails canbesentadvisingusersaboutwhat'sintheirquarantine areasandtheycanbothaccessandmanagethose messagesdirectlyaswellasbeallowedtochangetheir quarantinesettingsandmaintaintheirownblacklists. Otherusefulfeaturesincludeabuiltintooltobackupand restoretheSecuritygatewaydatabaseandadddisclaimers tooutgoingmail,althoughonlyinplaintextusingascript. AdedicatedtooltoadddisclaimerstobothtextandHTML messagesisscheduledforafuturerelease,asismessage archiving.However,evenwithouttheseoptions Securitygatewayisacomprehensiveaswellasveryeasy tomanageemailsecurityprogramthatshoulddowellin thesmallbusinessmarket. AlanStevens

estknownforMDaemon,itspopular Windowsbasedemailserver,AltNhasyears ofexperienceindealingwithemailborne malware.ItputsthattogooduseinSecuritygateway,an easytomanagestandalonetoolthatcanbeusedtoprotect mailserversfromawidevarietyofthreats. Designedforsmalltomediumsizedcompanies,itsits betweentheInternetandtheemailserver,filteringboth incomingandoutgoingmessages.Antivirusandantispam protectionare,naturally,keyoptionswithaClamantivirus engineasstandard,plusaKasperskyscannerifyoubuythe ProtectionPlusplugin(from97.44exVatfor10users). ProtectionPlusalsoaddssocalledOutbreakProtection,to defendagainstnewandevolvingthreats.However,even withoutit,thepackageofferscomprehensiveprotection againstanarrayofmultilayeredthreatsfromspoofedemail addressestothelatestspywareandphishingexploits. Securitygatewayisaimedprimarilyatcompaniesrunning ExchangebutcanbeusedtoprotectanySMTPbasedemail systemonanyplatform.WetesteditusingExchangeServer 2007onaWindowsSmallBusinessServer2008system(see reviewpage115)andfounditremarkablyeasytodeploy. Weinstalleditontothemailserveritself,althoughfor largerloadsyoumayneedaseparategatewaymachine, eitherrealorvirtual.Duringsetupyou'repromptedformail serveranddomainnamesandaskedhowyouwanttoverify useraddresses.Choiceshereincludemanuallyentering addresses,SMTP'callforward'verificationagainstthemail serveror,whenusingExchange,ActiveDirectory synchronisation. Awebbasedinterfaceisprovidedformonitoringand management,whichwefoundveryeasytofollow.

Verdict
ProsCanbeusedwithExchangeorany SMTPmailserver;simplewebbased interface;multilayeredprotection:user managedquarantine ConsTechnicalknowledgeneededto takeadvantageofadvancedoptions;text onlydisclaimers OverallAnimpressiveandaffordable newemailsecuritytoolofferingahigh levelofprotectioninaformatthat'seasy tomanage

Features Easeofuse Valueformoney

Overall Price163.19(191.75 exVat)for10users


ContactZenSoftware 01616605738 www.zensoftware.co.uk SystemrequirementsPentium4 processororabove(multicore recommended) 512MBRam(2GB recommended) WindowsXP,Vista, WindowsServer2000or2003 NTFSvolumewithaminimum 500MBoffreespace

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