Application security

Dell and Symantec team up on email security solution

Anti-malware giant Symantec and PC maker Dell announced today they are teaming up to provide a new email solution known as Secure Exchange.

Billed as simple to deploy and manage with extensive archiving capabilities to meet compliance requirements and controls to combat internal and external threats, the solution contains software, hardware and services from the two vendors.

The product, to be supported and sold for about $55,000 by Dell, is comprised of the computer manufacturer's PowerEdge servers and PowerVault storage and Symantec's Mail Security 8200 Series, Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange and Enterprise Vault products.

Dell is taking the lead role because it has overseen the migration of about four million Exchange and Active Directory mailboxes.

"Dell has a long history of helping customers with Exchange," Brad Anderson, senior vice president of the company's Enterprise Product Group, said today on a conference call announcing Secure Exchange. "This has led to a rich set of experiences on how to provide better solutions. What we have done is taken those lessons - all those experiences - and put them together."

Jeremy Burton, group manager of the Enterprise Security and Data Management Group at Symantec, said the solution provides security, as well as the ability to retain important business records that quickly can be produced for an auditor or judge.

"We believe email is the next mission-critical application," he said. "That holds your precious data. Everybody uses email."

Burton said studies show that 79 percent of companies accept email as a form of business transactions and, perhaps more alarmingly, three-quarters of companies' intellectual property is contained in emails at one time.

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