New version of software for e-mail gateways will mark final result of the melding of Brightmail and Symantec technologies.
Antispam vendor releases new version of software to try to keep zombie PCs at bay.
The antispam company teams up with IMlogic to block "spim," junk e-mail that targets instant messaging users on PCs and mobile devices.
The security specialist says it plans to pay $370 million to acquire Brightmail, a maker of tools for blocking spam and viruses.
The companies file for a prospective public offering of their shares, a sign of the possible resurgence of Net IPOs.
Brightmail, which offers services to fight junk e-mail, named Enrique Salem as president and CEO on Wednesday. A former chief technology officer at security firm Symantec, Salem takes the reins, effective immediately, from Eric Spivey, Brightmail's chairman. Spivey stepped in as interim chief in January when Brightmail's then-CEO Gary Hermansen resigned after nearly two years in the role. The company provides spam filters to many large Internet service providers, including MSN, EarthLink and AT&T WorldNet. According to the Radicati Group, a small research firm in Palo Alto, Calif., the company serves about 45 percent of the anti-spam filter market, making it the top provider. "As spam becomes an increasingly important security issue for enterprises worldwide, Enrique has the right skills and experience to help Brightmail establish the same leadership position at the enterprise level that we have attained among the world's largest ISPs," said Spivey.
With Congress cracking down on spam, Brightmail CEO Enrique Salem says this is only a first step.
The company that built its reputation on software to screen out unsolicited email is transforming itself into an antivirus company as well.