CSC inks anti-spam deal to combat threats

CSC and MessageLabs have signed a deal to provide antivirus products to remote staff in open mines and oil rigs

To combat spam levels topping 49 percent for incoming mail, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) Australia has inked a deal with MessageLabs for its entire suite of antispam, antivirus and image control products.

The deal covers 4000 e-mail users and replaces three different solutions previously in use.

CSC Australia CIO Emily Richmond-Jones said employees work in diverse locations from open mine shafts to oil rigs, and accessing e-mails remotely is a normal part of their working day.

"To safeguard our users against threats, we needed to provide them with an Internet-based solution to protect their e-mails from viruses and incoming spam," she said.

"Now we use one solution and our spam levels have decreased to insignificant levels, enabling us to free up resources, decrease bandwidth costs and redirect infrastructure to other projects."

Richmond-Jones said the new suite ensures virus and spam storms are stopped before they reach the corporate gateway.

"Also, outbound e-mails are scanned to ensure that they do not contain potential viruses which could impact the operations of clients," she said.

James Scollay, vice president for MessageLabs Asia Pacific, said organizations want a simple solution because most threats can be moving targets.

Scollay said MessageLabs scans one billion e-mails a week at the Internet level.

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