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Webroot Enhances Security SaaS to Combat E-Mail Spam Backscatter

2008-08-05 07:03:00

Webroot Enhances Security SaaS to Combat E-Mail Spam Backscatter

Latest Release of Webroot® E-Mail Security

SaaS Provides Protection Against Bounce Back Messages Generated

by Spammers

BOULDER, Colo.–(EMWNews)–Webroot,

a leading provider of security software for the consumer, enterprise and

SMB markets, today announced the latest release of Webroot®

E-mail Security SaaS which features advanced protection against the

growing threat of e-mail backscatter.

A side effect of spam, viruses and worms, backscatter occurs when a

spammer spoofs a legitimate e-mail address to send an unsolicited

message to large distribution lists, causing the e-mail server to flood

an unsuspecting e-mail address owners mailbox

with hundreds or thousands of failed delivery messages or bounce backs.

Ninety percent of over 6 trillion business

e-mails this year will be spam. This volume puts IT resources under an

incredible strain to manage not only the spam but the ensuing

backscatter. Just recently an ISP was driven offline while trying to

absorb 10,000 backscatter messages per second,

said Mike

Irwin, COO, Webroot. The impact of

backscatter is especially hard on businesses with fewer IT resources or

appliances that just cant scale to meet the

processing load. With network security in the cloud, companies of all

sizes can enjoy a scalable enterprise-class security solution that is

easy to manage and provides better protection and value than traditional

appliances and software.

Failed delivery messages triggered by an

e-mail sent to an invalid address or a full mailbox

can be difficult to block and tag as spammed messages, and require

significant time and resources to be cleared from the network. The

latest release of Webroot E-mail Security SaaS employs a technique

called Bounce Address Tag Validation (BATV) to mark every message sent

through its servers with a timestamp and unique cryptographic signature

that cannot be duplicated. If an e-mail enters the network as a failed

delivery message without this signature, customers can then configure

the service to automatically mark the message as spam and block it from

entering the users mailbox.

Companies still struggle to keep up with spam

volume and attack tactics years after spam first became a serious

problem, and many see a continued investment drain for spam management,

wrote Chenxi Wang, Ph.D., Principal Analyst, Forrester in the June 2008

report Spam Management Best Practices. To

keep a step ahead of spammers, organizations should adopt a hybrid of

filtering solutions, strengthen this connection to management

technologies, and treat antispam as part of a wider email content

security strategy that includes content protection and compliance.

Webroot Security SaaS Solutions


Security SaaS solutions deliver enterprise-class security with

better manageability, better value and better protection than appliances

and server-based solutions. Webroot E-Mail Security SaaS protects

against spam, viruses and data leakage, along with additional

compliance, archiving and business continuity features.

Webroot Web Security SaaS is also a part of the Webroot Security SaaS

family and provides protection against Web-based malware threats for

corporate and mobile users while ensuring appropriate employee Web usage

and data leak protection. Webroot Security SaaS solutions are backed by

free US-based support that includes 24x7x365 access to a robust

knowledge base, toll-free telephone support and free product and defense

updates for the duration of a subscription.

About Webroot


provides industry-leading security solutions to consumers, enterprises

and small to medium-sized businesses worldwide. The Boulder, Colorado

based companys security

software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings, Webroot E-Mail Security SaaS and

Webroot Web Security SaaS provide better manageability, better value and

better protection than any other perimeter security solution available.

Webroots award-winning endpoint products,

Webroot AntiSpyware Corporate Edition and Webroot AntiSpyware Corporate

Edition with AntiVirus are comprehensive, centrally-managed solutions

that aggressively block, detect and eradicate malware on desktops across

the network. To find out more visit

or call 800.772.9383.

©2008 Webroot Software, Inc. All rights

reserved. Webroot is a registered trademark or trademark of Webroot

Software, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other

trademarks are properties of their respective owners.

Webroot Software
Bob Berger, 303-442-3813 x153
[email protected]

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