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From: JakeStraw12/1/2004 8:22:55 AM
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McAfee, Inc. Includes Best-in-Class Phishing Detection in its Market Leading Secure Content Management Solutions

Wednesday December 1, 8:02 am ET

McAfee's New Anti-Phishing Rule Set Provides 99% Detection Rate Accuracy

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE), the leading provider of intrusion prevention solutions, today announced that McAfee® SpamKiller® for Mail Servers, McAfee SpamKiller for SecurityShield(TM), McAfee Managed Mail Protection and McAfee SpamKiller appliances deliver best-in-class detection for phishing, with a new rule set, that has up to 99% accuracy in detection rates. McAfee SpamKiller is part of the McAfee Secure Content Management solutions group and is designed to deliver secure content management technology that helps businesses optimize resources, increase productivity and reduce their exposure to IT security threats such as phishing attacks.

Phishing has become an epidemic that has threatened both enterprise and consumer users worldwide and shows no signs of slowing down. Phishing is the distribution of email messages that have return addresses, links and graphic art that make the emails appear to be from a legitimate source, however involves an effort to obtain private financial information such as passwords and Personal Information Numbers (PINs). As reported by the Anti-Phishing Working Group, an industry association that McAfee recently joined to help fight identity theft and fraud, 176 unique new phishing attacks were reported in January 2004. By June 2004, that number had skyrocketed to a reported 1,422 unique phishing attacks.

McAfee has incorporated anti-phishing rules into its monthly rule set engine updates in an effort to protect its customers from this increasing threat. Upon triggering, the rules targeting certain phishing-specific characteristics are assigned a spam score that helps to identify phishing scams at the gateway and aid in overall message blocking. McAfee SpamKiller provides both reactive and proactive spam detection techniques which, when combined with increased incremental updates to the rule sets, offer the most up-to-date protection.

"Due to the growing threat of phishing attacks, it is important for businesses to implement high quality secure content management solutions that will protect them at all times," said Steve Crutchfield, director of product marketing for McAfee. "McAfee's solutions help meet this need and can be installed across multiple network areas as we provide solutions for the gateway, mail server, application server and as a managed service. By installing this type of multi-layered protection, users can be confident that all in-and-outbound messaging traffic is completely secure."

McAfee SpamKiller delivers unmatched spam protection and performance with an out-of-box, highly accurate scoring system to determine whether a particular email is spam. With the extensive set of rules that run behind McAfee SpamKiller, each email receives a positive or negative score to determine its overall spam rating, and once spam is detected, messages are either delivered to the end-users inbox, personal junk mail folder or a system-wide junk folder.
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