MessageLabs upgrades security services

MessageLabs adds 'Skeptic' technology to detect viruses, Trojans, spam, phishing attacks

MessageLabs launched a new version of its hosted Web security services on Monday, with an emphasis on speed and improved threat detection.

Web Security Services version 2.0 improves the routing of client e-mailinstant messaging, and Web traffic through the company's 12 worldwide data centers, MessageLabs said. As a result, MessageLabs has boosted its service-level agreement for availability.

"The traffic goes to the fastest available data center and it provides automatic network-level failover," said Brian Czarny, vice president of product management.

Unlike some other antivirus companies, MessageLabs uses it own infrastructure to filter a company's e-mail, instant messages, and Internet traffic for malicious threats, such as spyware and viruses.

MessageLabs added technology to the service called "Skeptic," which detects viruses, Trojans, spam and phishing attacks. Skeptic is incorporated into what MessageLabs calls a "converged threat analysis," in which threats from one vector, such as a malicious link in an e-mail, can be used to smarten its Web traffic scanning.

"Now you are protected on multiple fronts," Czarny said.

Further improvements have been made to the management interface in how services are configured, along with a one-window dashboard for reports on e-mail, instant messaging and Web traffic, Czarny said.

The price for its antispyware, antivirus, and URL (uniform resource locator) filtering services is $5 per user per month. The price goes down for a higher number of users and if combined with other e-mail and instant messaging services, Czarny said.