Comprehensive Anti-Spam Service (CASS) 2.0 offers new features such as allow/block lists and a faster search engine.
Intelligent network security and data protection solutions
specialist SonicWall announced its Comprehensive Anti-Spam Service 2.0, designed to help small and midsize businesses
protect themselves against spam and malicious code. CASS 2.0 is
integrated with the company's Unified Threat Management Firewalls and
can be deployed over existing SonicWall appliances as well. The updated
version features one-click deployment, personal configuration and
compatibility with existing firewalls.
The CASS features inbound anti-spam, anti-phishing, anti-malware, GRID
IP reputation, advanced content management, denial of service
prevention, full quarantine and customizable per-user junk summaries.
Advanced Reputation Management (ARM) utilizes Sender IP Reputation to
drop junk email at the connection level-including spam, phishing and
attached viruses-before it enters the network. GRID Anti-Virus is
automatically activated along with CASS to detect SMTP-based virus
emails and reroute them as defined by the administrator (for example, rejected
or deleted) at the gateway.
"Spam kills productivity and exposes users to security threats. While
top quality anti-spam solutions have addressed the menace, they have
traditionally required unwanted hardware costs and needed IT managers
to learn multiple solution interfaces," said Patrick Sweeney, vice
president of product management and corporate marketing at SonicWall.
"CASS solves both problems. It's integrated directly into the hardware
so there are no new hardware costs or interfaces to learn. And, it is
the same top quality award-winning solution deployed by some of the
world's largest enterprises. We believe that by bringing a great
enterprise quality solution to the SMB, we are going to help a lot of
businesses stay productive and safe, while saving them a lot of money."
New features of CASS 2.0 include Allow/Block lists, which enables
administrators to develop "Allow" and "Block" lists for people,
companies, lists and address books on both a global and per-user basis,
LDAP integration support for multiple LDAP servers for enhanced user
management, a new, faster search engine with improved user interface
and Junk Store improvements including junk summary, global and per user
configurations, user view and admin control setup, and configurable
installed host for junk store.
"Spam was rampant in our business. I would come in on a Monday and
easily spend half an hour cleaning out my mailbox," said Myk Lougee,
general manager at MCR Technologies. "With the introduction of CASS
2.0, we drastically cut the amount of spam coming into our business
which had a huge impact on user productivity. CASS 2.0 is not only easy
to implement and straightforward to set up, but it pretty much does
everything by itself."
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.