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Worldtalk upgrades email software

The secure email firm's WorldSecure Server 3.0 combines content control, encryption, archiving, and virus-checking.

Secure email firm Worldtalk today announced version 3.0 of its email policy management software, WorldSecure Server, as well as a scaled-down version of its product for small businesses.

WorldSecure Server, which also acts as an email firewall, combines content control, encryption, archiving, and virus-checking. It serves as a comprehensive email security and management system that allows information systems managers, corporate compliance officials, and risk managers to secure Internet email communication and to comply with key government regulations.

"Part of the demand for secure email is driven by government regulations," said Simon Khalaf, Worldtallk's vice president of marketing. "Email is a conduit over which much sensitive information is traveling."

Regulators of stock brokers and insurance sales require archiving email traffic, and the new version enables blocking messages that include specific phrases such as "chance of a lifetime" or "hot stock tip." For law firms, attorney-client privilege requires securing some electronic messages.

WorldSecure Server also can be used to block spam email messages.

WorldSecure Server 3.0's authenticated remote management capabilities let information systems administrators manage multiple server sites from a central location. Messages that must be reviewed by risk management or compliance officers can be "quarantined" before they're approved and sent.

The small business edition of WorldSecure is designed for companies, particularly law firms, money managers, and investment relations firms, with fewer than 50 employees. It offers the same features as the full WorldSecure product but to a limited number of users. For smaller firms with no other Internet access, the small business edition also serves as an email firewall.

Worldtalk also announced that Silicon Valley law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is using Worldtalk Secure as its secure email server.

The small business edition of WorldSecure Server is priced at $4,995. The full product, designed for 50 to 10,000 users, starts at $1,995 for 50 users, with pricing dependent on how many countermeasures are deployed and the number of users.