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Sybari Ships Antigen 6.5 for Microsoft Exchange; New Version Delivers Advanced Content Management Capabilities Including Subject Line, Sender, and Domain Name Filtering.

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Microsoft Tech-Ed 2002

E. NORTHPORT, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 18, 2002

Sybari Software, Inc., the premier developers of Antigen, a comprehensive anti-virus, content-management, and e-mail security solution for Microsoft Exchange, today announced that Antigen 6.5 for Microsoft Exchange is shipping and available.

Antigen 6.5 delivers powerful new features and capabilities including new content management tools for subject line, sender, and domain name filtering, MTA connector message scanning (including X.400 messages), named configuration templates and file filter sets, and new centralized management capabilities. Enhancements to the Antigen user interface, Antigen Worm Purge, and support for Microsoft's Virus Scanning Application Program Interface (VS API 2.0) in the Exchange 2000 Server are also included in version 6.5.

"Sybari continues to bring to market great anti-virus and security solutions for Exchange administrators," said Kevin McCuistion, Exchange Group product manager at Microsoft Corp. "We recognize and applaud Sybari's efforts to integrate and support our new VS API, which clearly demonstrates the company's commitment to Microsoft and our messaging platform. We look forward to working with Sybari in the future as they continue to deliver valuable business solutions to our mutual customers."

Antigen 6.5 for Microsoft Exchange enhances administrators' abilities to proactively eliminate suspect e-mail and spam based on all or part of its subject line, as well as sender and domain name. This new feature further strengthens Antigen's content management capabilities, which currently includes the ability to filter attachments by filename, wildcards, and by file type. Filtered messages can be purged in their entirety and attachments can be deleted or quarantined for review and delivery at a later time.

"I am very impressed with Sybari's newly released Antigen for Exchange version 6.5, especially its content filtering abilities, which makes it a breeze to deflect all unwanted junk mail. With Antigen, I can filter by entire domain or just by individual accounts in the event I don't want to stop all mail flow from a certain domain. It's much easier than trying to manage that kind of filtering from within Exchange Server itself," stated Arthur Harmon, Exchange Server Manager, IT Specialist for The Nytef Group. "Antigen also lets me filter by subject line, which makes filtering out less than wholesome messages from unscrupulous spammers very simple. These unique features will help Managers and Administrators keep a finger on the pulse of their messaging systems."

Responding to customer demand, Sybari has added support for X.400 message scanning in Antigen 6.5 via the Antigen MTA scan job, which provides the ability to scan messages passing through the Microsoft Exchange Message Transfer Agent (MTA) on an Exchange 2000 Server, including all Microsoft Exchange MTA connectors (X.400, MSMail, cc:Mail, etc). The Antigen SMTP and MTA scan jobs both employ a server side event sink to provide scanning of the Exchange 2000 connectors. This implementation provides the means for antivirus scanning and content filtering at the connector level while not competing with the resources needed to provide protection of mailboxes and public folders at the Information Store.

Harmon added, "I have enjoyed Antigen's ease of use, reliability, robust features and solid protection for some time now, and would absolutely recommend it to anyone without reservation."

To assist administrators with their deployment of Antigen across the enterprise, Antigen 6.5 introduces the new Antigen Central Manager (ACM). From the ACM central console, Antigen can be installed and updated on remote servers throughout the enterprise, scan engine versions can be verified and updated, manual scans can be initiated, and configuration changes can be distributed. During a virus outbreak for example, file filter sets can be updated locally to block messages based on file name, file type and extension, subject line, sender or domain name. Using the ACM, administrators can then easily distribute these new settings immediately to remote servers throughout the organization's messaging infrastructure.

Sybari designed Antigen 6.5 specifically for Microsoft Exchange 2000 and Windows 2000 Servers, while maintaining backward compatibility for Exchange versions 5.0 and 5.5 on Windows NT Servers. Antigen utilizes Windows 2000 Active Directory service (ADS) to gather real-time information about Exchange 2000 Storage groups and for notification alert purposes when viruses are detected or files filtered. Antigen 6.5 makes extensive use of the Microsoft Virus Scanning Application Program Interface (VS API 2.0) for comprehensive and reliable antivirus protection and content management of Exchange 2000 environments. Microsoft's VS API 2.0 provides Exchange antivirus developers a versatile, low-level API for creating high performance solutions.

Antigen for Microsoft Exchange is a server-level antivirus solution that protects both Exchange 2000 and Exchange 5.5, delivering multiple virus scan engine support with five of the leading scan engine technologies from Network Associates, Sophos, Norman Data Defense, and the eTrust antivirus engines from Computer Associates. The multiple scan engine manager is available for all Antigen scan jobs and allows administrators to customize and configure a variety of settings and options at each level. Antigen 6.5 includes two robust content management features: Antigen File Filtering(TM) (AFF) and Content Management message filtering by sender, domain, and subject line. AFF enables administrators to proactively filter e-mail based on several filters including subject line, attachment filename, wildcards, and by file type. Antigen 6.5 also includes Antigen Worm Purge(TM), a proactive safeguard tool that allows network administrators to prevent the overload of virus-generated messages churned out when worm viruses are unleashed in an environment. Worm Purge deletes messages containing worm viruses in their entirety and prevents new worm threats from spreading before scanner engines can be updated.

"Worms such as NIMDA and Sircam, have shown the need for anti-virus software to become more flexible, proactive, and robust," said Kurt Schlegel, Senior Research Analyst, Web & Collaboration Strategies for META Group. "Advanced filtering capabilities such as the ability to filter by subject line, sender, and domain name will add a much needed layer of detection and defense against the increasingly daunting virus threat."

A Microsoft Certified Partner, Sybari is exhibiting at, and is a gold sponsor of Microsoft Tech-Ed 2002, scheduled to be held April 9th - 13th in New Orleans. To obtain a first hand demonstration of Sybari's comprehensive antivirus, content-management and e-mail security solutions, as well as to preview new solutions currently in development by Sybari, contact Denise S. Behringer, Director of Marketing Communications, North America, at 203-797-0704 or via email at denise_behringer@sybari.com. Sybari will be conducting demonstrations at their booth--number 619.

PRICING AND AVAILABILITY

Antigen 6.5 for Microsoft Exchange is currently shipping. The suggested retail price for Antigen, to protect 250 users within an organization, is $5,750.00 with a two-year renewable license (prices are quoted in US dollars, for local pricing please contact your local Sybari office). Discounted pricing is available based on volume. For more information on Antigen and its award-winning features, contact Sybari at info@sybari.com or download an evaluation copy at www.sybari.com.

ABOUT SYBARI

Since 1995, Sybari has the led the market in providing innovative solutions to groupware-based virus and security threats. Today, over 6 million Microsoft Exchange/Outlook and Lotus Domino/Notes seats are virus-free as a direct result of Sybari's Antigen technology. Sybari's Antigen is unsurpassed in providing protection of corporate messaging environments. Antigen's unique architecture institutes a preemptive line of defense from viruses and malicious code. Antigen for Microsoft Exchange and Antigen for Lotus Domino are distributed in more than 50 countries through Sybari's worldwide locations and distribution network. Sybari is headquartered in East Northport, New York with an EMEA headquarters in Madrid, Spain and additional offices in Singapore, Australia, Brazil and Mexico. Sybari's clients include Amazon.com, Compaq, Con Edison, Dell, Deloitte & Touche, Eastman Chemical, Getronics, JD Power, Lufthansa, Mayo Foundation, Merrill Lynch, Nortel, Pirelli, Reckitt Benckiser, Sony, Texaco, Tosco, US Federal Government, and Visa. Sybari's many strategic partners include Lotus Development (NYSE:IBM), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Computer Associates (NYSE:CA), Compaq (NYSE:CPQ), Sophos, Inc., Network Associates, Inc. (NYSE: NET), and Norman Data Defense Systems (Oslo Bors: NOR).

Sybari and Antigen are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sybari Software, Inc. Other products and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
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