IBM-ISS Proventia Network Mail Security
Highly customisable and easy to use at a low cost of ownership.
Documentation could use a bit of simplification and organization
A very strong product for any size organization. It is easy to set up and manage and loaded with features. For its policy engine and ease of use, we designate the Proventia Network Mail Security our Recommended product.
Email content filter features on the Proventia Network Mail Security System appliance include many customizable easy to set up rules that can be based on a large number of categories. The appliance can filter, among other criteria, by sender, receiver or time frame. It also can filter based on several content analysis modules, including number patterns, spam, phishing and offensive content. For filtering capability and granularity, this product is among the most complete that we’ve seen.
Ease of set-up is a hallmark of the Network Mail Security System. This product was almost completely ready when it was pulled out of the box. The easy to follow set-up assistant puts on the finishing touches and is run via a web browser. Once the appliance is up and running, further configuration takes place through the Java-based web interface. This interface is simple to navigate and well organized with an intuitive category tree. Policy configuration is also simple requiring just a few clicks of the mouse.
This appliance contains a high level of filter performance features. Policies can be easily set up to be as granular or as broad as required with little chance of error. The filter database is also very large consisting of over 63 million entries, which are based on over five billion URLs, images and spammers. The Proventia appliance has an extremely powerful policy engine.
Documentation provided with the Proventia appliance consists of an easy to follow getting started card that details the appliances ports and interfaces on one side and illustrates the initial configuration steps on the other. The user guide is also provided and it contains all information and instructions for using the appliance. We found the user guide to be very descriptive, but cumbersome.
ISS offers phone and email support. There is also a support portal on the ISS website that users can access for documentation, downloads and online support.
At a price of $10,500, the Proventia Network Mail Security System is a good value for almost any size environment.
Proventia Network Mail Security has been rated Recommended by SC Magazine.