Antispam filtering specialist Brightmail has collaborated with Symantec to develop software that combats both spam and viruses.
Known as the Anti-Virus Solution, Brightmail's antispam and antivirus software blocks email-borne spam and virus attacks by integrating Symantec's Norton AntiVirus with Brightmail's antispam filtering server.
Email, it is estimated, spreads 75 percent of PC viruses.
Most of the work on Anti-Virus Solution involved bringing the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center rules engine into Brightmail's Logistics and Operations Centre and integrating it into Brightmail's mailwall.
Acting as a firewall for email systems, the mailwall blocks spam and viruses.
Brightmail plans to offer content control software by the end of the year.
For example, a company could prevent sales staff from transmitting confidential documents, but allow the legal department that capability with appropriate authorisation.
Brightmail is also developing wireless email management filtering for release in early 2001.
The company offers a free version of its antispam software, Free Brightmail, to individuals, but doesn't plan to make Anti-Virus Solution available free of charge. http://www.brightmail.com.