Product Information

Policy Patrol

Vendor:

Red Earth Software Ltd

 

Price:

$4,995 (1,000 users)

Quick Read

Strengths:

Installation is simple, as is configuration.

Weaknesses:

Nothing

Verdict:

Policy Patrol delivers both email filtering and anti-virus using policy to ensure effective compliance.

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Summary

There are now many policy management tools for the control of email usage, and that need arises from the growing requirements that increasing legislation has put on companies. Policy Patrol is one such solution, ensuring that certain criteria are being met, and reducing the risk to the enterprise by monitoring communications and filtering out according to a rule set.

There are pre-set policies that allow the new installation to be put in place quickly and effectively while new policies are written.

Using filtering, Policy Patrol cuts down on false positives by allowing word scores to differentiate between certain phrases and words. Using this approach, an administrator can ensure minimal disruption is caused while still maintaining high standards of protection.

Reporting is provided too, which covers a multitude of subjects such as destination, time, size, attachment format, etc. Anti-virus is also on the cards, with Kaspersky ready to scan both messages and any attachments.

Policy Patrol has the power to protect users from malicious content by banning certain known email addresses using its filtering process. Blocking spam is catered for too, and control of your bandwidth is another option to be considered.

The product installs with relative ease and, with its pre-written sample polices, the administrator will be able to start protecting the network almost immediately. The recommended installation place is on the mail server, but you can install it on a separate server if required. Creating your local domain is also simple and, if needed, a specific domain on any of your mail servers can be excluded. Alerts can be sent to the administrator, and the option for remote administration is also provided.

Policies are created in the administration console and you can either create your own rule set or modify the sample policies. For anti-virus protection the Kaspersky anti-virus software must be downloaded and installed on your mail server. Configuration settings can then be chosen to ensure real-time spam blocking.

In all, this solution provides effective filtering and has the benefit of anti-virus to further protect your network from both known and potentially dangerous new threats, while ensuring that content is both legal and appropriate.

Documentation is also well written and extensive, without becoming overbearing.