MessageLabs Positioned in “Leaders” Quadrant in Email Security Boundary Magic Quadrant by Leading Industry Research Firm
Posted on 05 July 2005.
London, 5 July 2005 – MessageLabs, the leading provider of email security and management services to businesses, today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned the company in the “Leader” quadrant in the just-issued Magic Quadrant for Email Security Boundary, 1H05* report.

“Leaders” are vendors who are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction, and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market, according to Gartner, the leading provider of research and analysis on the global information technology industry.

“We consider our position in the 'Leaders' quadrant a further confirmation of MessageLabs mission to deliver industry-leading protection against messaging threats such as spam, viruses and other unwanted content,” said Ben White, Chief Executive Officer of MessageLabs. “As more organizations worldwide continue to embrace 'in the cloud' security solutions to reduce management and administration requirements while delivering greater performance, we believe MessageLabs is well positioned to maintain and grow its market share."

Managed ‘In the cloud’ security services is an area that Gartner specifically cites as a significant growth opportunity for email security vendors in the Magic Quadrant for Email Security Boundary, 1H05 report, which states, “in the cloud services’ will be more prevalent, and leading vendors should also investigate inclusion of their technologies or operations in this area.”

The Gartner report recommends that companies should evaluate email security boundary solutions through a broader lens and that companies should pay particular attention to the architecture and mechanisms for efficiently and accurately blocking or slowing e-mail from bad sources, low administrative overhead of the solution, email intrusion prevention and value-added anti-virus capabilities. Key ‘vision’ criteria determined as important include enterprise functionality for large enterprises, architecture and technologies for better email connection management, sophistication of inbound spam filtering and detection, investments in value-added anti-virus capabilities and strong research and content capabilities to address ever-changing email security threats, management and reporting capabilities, end-user functionality, outbound content filtering and email encryption. ‘Ability to execute’ criteria considered include vendors’ finances, resources, customer service, channel and partnership arrangements, strength of marketing and brand, management record to make the technology and business investments necessary for growth and to be a long-term player, as well as quality and extent of vendors’ enterprise installed base.

“Over the past year, MessageLabs has focused on long-term growth, as evidenced by the multi-million dollar investment we’ve made in infrastructure, continued research and development and new services, such as content control, managed encryption, additional anti-spam services and other related email security offerings that specifically address critical business issues,” added White. “MessageLabs has a clear vision and execution plan for the future of secure information management that will see us introducing new services, for email and web filtering, and entering new markets over the next twelve months. We will also further strengthen our distribution base by adding to the number of global service providers and integrators which have already partnered with MessageLabs to offer ‘in-the-cloud’ security to their enterprise customers.”

MessageLabs complete range of email security and management services provides thousands of enterprise organizations around the world with a complete managed email security solution, without the hassle, inconvenience or additional cost of traditional software or hardware solutions. These services ensure the integrity of electronic communications, helping businesses to manage and reduce risk while securing their critical infrastructure and business information.

To obtain a copy of the Gartner Email Security Boundary Magic Quadrant go to www.messagelabs.com/gartner

About MessageLabs
MessageLabs is the world's leading provider of email security and management services with more than 12,000 clients and offices in eight countries. For more information, please visit http://www.messagelabs.com





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