Review: FrontBridge TrueProtect Message Management Suite

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2003-09-29 Print this article Print

For large enterprises that want to solve the spam problem with almost no administrative overhead, TrueProtect is a good choice.

Anti-spam service providers block spam before it even gets to an organizations mail servers, with no software or hardware to install or maintain. However, the service options are more expensive than the software and hardware options. FrontBridge Technologies has a simple guiding principle when it comes to fighting spam: Spam has no place in the enterprise and should simply be done away with.

Even with this brassy attitude, FrontBridge provides end users with two effective methods of checking their filtered mail for false positives: Users can either log on to a Web site for a list of messages, or an e-mail digest can be mailed to the user. In either case, the end user can be given the authority to resurrect false-positive e-mail. During tests at WiscNet, no false-positive e-mail was detected.

Although eWEEK Labs liked the FrontBridge approach, WiscNet wanted more per-domain administrative control than TrueProtect offers. In particular, WiscNet judges were leery of TrueProtects limited white-list capabilities.

Aside from spam identification technologies, which we think are impressive and effective in TrueProtect, IT managers should consider privacy and security of e-mail when dealing with a third party.

We pressed company representatives on this point and feel comfortable recommending the company as a reliable, secure partner. FrontBridge data centers are certified with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants SAS70 standards, which means that the infrastructure and data handling processes must pass rigorous third-party testing. The data centers are located throughout the United States, with additional locations outside the country. FrontBridge also implements extensive physical security procedures to ensure data privacy.

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    Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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