Barracuda Networks is profiling e-mail as it's received by antispam appliances in order to augment spam filtering based on. The Mountain View, Calif., antispam appliance maker on Tuesday plans to announce "Predictive Sender Profiling" as its latest technique to combat junk e-mail. Filtering e-mail is more effective by profiling messages and senders on the fly than by just that's based on past behavior, said Stephen Pao, vice president of product management at Barracuda.
For example, Barracuda's appliances will follow links in e-mails like a Web browser would and determine the nature of a site before letting the message through, Pao said. Also, if a sender is attempting to send too many messages to nonexistent addresses the e-mail connection will be rejected, he said. The "Predictive Sender Profiling" is available at no extra cost for existing Barracuda Networks customers through a software upgrade.