E-mail Virus Protection as Certain as Death and Taxes - Page 3

 By Alex Goldman
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The eye of the virus
Data available on VirusEye includes daily, monthly, and all-time archives of viruses stopped dead in their e-mail tracks, as well as information about each virus. Virus data is displayed in Top Trump format -- like the a European card game that employs easy-to-read statistics printed on playing cards.

Particularly intriguing is MessageLabs' geographical data about viruses. It publishes the top three infected nations for each e-mail bug. On July 19, 2001, at around 6:15 PM EST, MessageLabs reported that the top three nations carrying the "LoveLetterA" virus on its systems were the U.K., U.S., and Taiwan. MessageLabs' clients can also view the statistical evidence about viruses removed from their networks in real time, too.

Sell it for more
Jos White, co-founder of Star Internet, says that some ISPs are finding that SkyScan services directly impact their bottom line.

"One of our major European customers offers an own-branded version of our service with every leased line sold," white said. "As soon as they offered the anti-virus service, sales jumped between 20 and 30 percent over the previous quarter, and the company was also able to raise its prices by more than 20 percent."

In the future, MessageLabs hopes to work with ISPs to create own-branded versions of its service that will utilize a "Scanned by MessageLabs" logo in the same way that computers use Intel's "intel inside" logo to win customer trust. MessageLabs is also working on anti-spam and anti-porn products, so stay tuned to this sales channel for developing news.

Services are priced depending on traffic, and discounts are available for volume and also to those who host a control tower. The base fee is $2.50 per user per month.

This article was originally published on Jul 24, 2001
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