ICSA Labs’ Premier Services Collaborates With Mailshell To Establish Testing And Certification Program For Spam Filtering Solutions

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Mailshell and ICSA Labs will collaborate in the creation of ICSA Labs’ new spam filtering evaluation testing and certification program. Once launched, the program will be administered and managed by ICSA Labs.

Mailshell, the OEM anti-spam and anti-phishing leader, and ICSA Labs will collaborate in the creation of ICSA Labs’ new spam filtering evaluation testing and certification program. Mailshell along with the ICSA Labs Premier Services Group have begun co-development of the testing protocols and methodology which is targeted to officially launch in early 2006. Once launched, the program will be administered and managed by ICSA Labs.

"Our research indicates a significant need in the marketplace, both among IT professionals and security vendors, for standardized spam filtering testing," said George Japak, vice president of ICSA Labs. "Mailshell’s lab-focused approach, combined with real-world expertise via its top-tier OEM partners, makes it an ideal relationship for us."

ICSA Labs evaluation testing and certification assures the user community that certified products, including anti-virus, SSL-TLS VPN, IPSec VPN, firewall, and wireless vendors, underwent the industry's most stringent testing and meet industry-accepted product security standards worldwide. Via its global network of OEM partners, more than 6,000 companies and 10 million consumers rely on ‘Powered by Mailshell’ spam filters.

“The lack of standards and certification among vendors make the spam filtering market a town without a sheriff,” said Tonny Yu, CEO of Mailshell. “The daily mutations in spam and phishing combined with inconsistent testing standards and some vendors’ exaggerated marketing claims make it very hard for IT managers to get reliable data. We believe that ICSA Labs is the best, most qualified party to help bring order to the confusion.”

Security and end user communities have relied on ICSA Labs for more than 15 years to provide credible testing results on security products and solutions. The new relationship further verifies that the standards set by ICSA Labs for certifying information security products, and the security consortia that it sponsors for information security intelligence sharing and gathering, incorporate the highest standards for reliable, independent data and verification.

Mailshell (http://www.mailshell.com) helps its OEM partners, including Computer Associates, Oracle Corporation, CyberGuard, Panda Software, ZyXEL, Earthlink’s Aluria division, Rockliffe, Broderbund and Lyris Technologies, among others, generate new anti-spam revenue, upsell existing products to new anti-spam customers, and cut anti-spam engineering and support costs to near zero. OEM partners integrate the Mailshell Engine into their existing product or application using Mailshell's development toolkit, the Mailshell Anti-Spam SDK. Mailshell's SpamCompiler developers hold nearly 30 patents in database modeling and design, and are leading experts in using Artificial Intelligence technology to compile high-level languages into optimized code.

About ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs, an independent division of Cybertrust, Inc. offers vendor neutral testing and certification of security products for hundreds of the world's top security vendor products. The end-users of security technologies rely on ICSA Labs to authoritatively set and apply objective testing and certification criteria for measuring product compliance and reliability. The organization tests products in key technology categories such as anti-virus, firewall, IPsec VPN, cryptography, intrusion detection and prevention, PC firewall, SSL-VPN, anti-spyware and Wireless LAN. For more information about ICSA Labs Premier Services, please visit: http://www.icsalabs.com.

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