Nemx Eyes Spam on Exchange

Software add-on for Microsoft's e-mail server screens content in internal and external messages.

A new messaging product from Nemx Software Corp. promises to give enterprises better management of their corporate e-mail systems.

Nemx this week rolled out the Advanced Edition of PowerTools for Microsoft Exchange 2000, which provides anti-virus and anti-spam protection as well as content screening at the server level for both internal and external e-mails at the server level.

The Nemx software, which integrates with Microsoft Corp.s Exchange Server messaging platform, also features disclaimers, or statements automatically added to employees e-mail messages for legal or marketing purposes. In the same vein, the upgrade includes a capability for internal email monitoring for violations in corporate policy and intellectual property protection, said Nemx officials, in Ottawa.

PowerTools for Microsoft Exchange 2000 Advanced Edition supports external email monitoring for spam, text and file attachment violations. It also has a concept scanning component for filtering internal and external messages based on message concept and intent instead of key words and phrases. An ODBC audit logging facility is used for effectively managing events associated with triggerable messages, providing a foundation that can be accessed by third-party report generators.

Ken Rideout, network administrator at the Saskatchewan Research Council, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, uses Power Tools Advanced Edition to screen incoming e-mails for offensive content in support of organizational policy.

"We have a non-offensive atmosphere here so we do everything we need to do to keep that stuff out," Rideout said. The company doesnt however use Power Tools to screen for all spam due to the high cost of labor involved in creating all the necessary filters, Rideout added.

"Offensive spam is a moving target, so we have to continually update the rules," Rideout said. "Its an ongoing management issue. But [Power Tools] is an effective tool when its set up right.

Rideout said the SRC is looking at screening outgoing mails for offensive content, as well. Power Tools was particularly compelling to him because of its integration with the Exchange Server. "Its more cost-effective than adding another server and thats one less server you have to maintain," he said.