Mindware launches Arabic-enabled e-mail tool

Firm claims its RealMail system is first Arabic-enabled e-mail authentication system.

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By  Michele Howe Published  August 22, 2007

Dubai-based distributor Mindware is aiming to tap into the $7 billion global burgeoning security content management market with the launch of an Arabic-enabled e-mail authentication system.

The distributor has teamed up with Singapore-based BoxSentry to develop the tool, which it claims is the first Arabic-enabled authentication technology on the market.

Mindware's RealMail system has a double purpose: blocking spam and other security threats, and ensuring the safe delivery of e-mails.

The developers claim the system provides more efficient processing of e-mails by using an authentication-based logic instead of conventional filtering, which means it authenticates legitimate mails instead of filtering suspect ones.

One in every 120 emails sent can get lost in transmission due a classification error by a spam filter, according to Mindware, and potentially a higher number still when the content contains non-English words.

Unlike existing anti-spam technologies, which use English-based core logic and filtering, Mindware's tool can handle non-Roman characters such as Arabic, making it more effective at accurately filtering Arabic language content.

Email authentication technology has taken off rapidly as firms struggle to cope with the growing deluge of daily spam.

Some 80%-90% of all mails sent are spam, according to Mindware, while in the Middle East, it is estimated that around three quarters of all corporate machines are infected with spyware.

"RealMail is a revolutionary solution that not only eliminates previous challenges encountered with older security systems, but also perfectly suits the demands of Arab users," said Mindware deputy general manager Thierry Chamayou.

He added that the firm had witnessed growing interest for the product among major corporations, particularly in the aviation, telecom and banking industries.

The security content management market is expected to reach $10.5 billion in 2009, according to the latest figures from IDC, up from US$7 billion in 2006.

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