Mailspect Email Defense and Archive: 2014 Development Milestones


During the past year, the global IT industry continued to move to the ‘cloud’. Small, medium and large enterprises outsourced key applications to remote data centers and entrusted the management of those apps to external vendors. Email –which is still the killer app with 2.5 billion users– was no exception. Organizations all over the world turned off on-premise email servers and switched to easy-to-use cloud offerings. This trend impacted Mailspect Defense and was the impetus for many of the new features developed and released in 2014.

Mailspect Defense is a multi-layered email defense platform based on Open Source technology, i.e., Ubuntu, Postfix, Apache, Sphinx, and MySQL. Mailspect’s Linux heritage makes it well suited for Internet Service Providers, Website Hosters and Mail Service Providers looking to compete with the Gmail and Office 365 duopoly.

Mailspect Email Archive is a stand-alone module of the platform.

Mailspect Management API

Mailspect Email Defense has been used since 2004 by Internet Service Providers (“ISPs”) all over the world to protect their hosted email service offerings from malware. With the release in 2014 of the Mailspect Management API, Mailspect Email Defense can be integrated via the API with an ISPs user/domain management system, especially “homegrown” control panels. Integrating Mailpect Email Defense with an ISP’s control panel is a significant labor saver – users and domains only need to be managed in one system, instead of two systems – ensuring that user/domain data in the email system are mirrored in Mailspect.

The Mailspect Management API includes the following functionality:

  1. Create domain
  2. Read domain
  3. Update domain
  4. Delete domain
  5. List domains
  6. Create user
  7. Read user
  8. Update user
  9. Delete user
  10. List users

Email Archive Retention Policies by Domain

A key requirement of multi-tenant cloud implementations is the ability to manage customer accounts at the email domain level. In 2014, added the capability to set different retention periods in its multi-tenant archive environment by domain. The new feature gave ISP’s and Email Service Providers the ability to tailor email archive retention periods to customer regulatory needs and/or different price points.

Italian Translation of End-User Email Quarantine Module

Mailspect Defense includes a state-of-the art end-user quarantine module that allows end users to view and take action on ambiguous emails segregated by virus or spam scanning engines for human inspection. The Quarantine Module has been translated into German, Polish, Hungarian and now Italian. Mailspect has modularized the language elements of its graphic user interfaces in order to minimize the effort of adding new language versions.

Beta Versions for Key Customers

During the past year, Mailspect released beta versions of its code to key customers with special requirements.

  • Mailspect Defense, MPP Daemon on FreeBSD7, 64-bit is available upon request
  • Milter API option available for Postfix 2.4+
  • Cloudmark API v3 for MPP daemon has been implemented to support the FreeBSD7 port above [Mailspect MPP using Cloudmark v2 API is General Release]

General Information

Mailspect Email Defense in two versions: Basic and Standard. Basic relies on the Open Source antivirus and anti-spam engines, i.e., Clamd and Spamassassin, while Standard includes the world class Cloudmark Authority anti-virus and antispam processing engines. ISPs generally offer Basic as a low-cost entry level offering, while Standard is part of a higher priced premium offering. Mailspect Email Defense has automatically managed user and domain entitlements for many years based of its Policy Engine that authenticates to LDAP, IMAP or Active Directory.

The Mailspect Defense Manager or control panel is used by ISPs to centralized the management of external pre-scan resources like SURBL and real-time blacklists such as Spamhaus, multiple scanning engines such as Cloudmark and Clamd and post-scan resources such as custom white and black lists, offensive word lists, spam traps, configurable custom word mail routers, data loss protection features and domain-wide disclaimer signatures.

Mailspect Defense is particularly popular with ISPs offering hosted email security services in the cloud because of its “pay as you grow” pricing model. Mailspect is known for its excellent real-time customer service.

Looking forward to 2015, Mailspect Defense will continue to re-architect its platform to accommodate cloud implementations.

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