SMX has announced the launch of its inbound and outbound email security product, SmartRules DLP.
According to the company, SmartRules DLP is one of a number of new service improvements currently being rolled out, following research and development support from Callaghan Innovation, the crown entity formed to foster technology innovation.
According to SMX's co-founder and CTO Thom Hooker, R&D funding enabled the company to accelerate software development in key areas and, following recent security breaches experienced by government organisations, SmartRules DLP was given "urgent priority".
“SMX is the leading cloud email security solution used by government organisations with around 60 government sector customers,” he says, adding that "SmartRules DLP meets the most stringent compliance requirements with easy-to-use rule building and related compliance processes".
"Email makes it very easy for employees to accidentally – or intentionally – send sensitive documents to recipients outside the organization,” says Hooker. “By deploying SMX's SmartRules DLP, customers can define rules to block and report on employees attempting to send sensitive documents externally. SmartRules DLP can be configured to detect visible data as well as scanning for hidden metadata. The use of hidden metadata tags inside documents makes it harder for users to subvert DLP rules looking for visible text – that is, by changing the document name.”
The CTO says SMX's SmartRules DLP can also detect sensitive content embedded in archives – such as .zip, .rar, .tar, .gz, and so on – and can be configured to block emails containing archives that cannot be opened – for example, password protected or unknown document types.
SMX has also announced enhancements to its Cloud Email Security Suite, and will be upgrading its email hosting platform with enterprise-grade security and additional features. Additionally, the company is in the process of implementing the Cassandra distributed database platform, originally developed and open sourced by Facebook but now part of the Apache stable of open source products.
According to SMX's vice president of global sales, Tiaan Blaauw, the enhancements to the Cloud Email Security Suite mean that SMX channel partners will be able to offer a solution similar to the ones provided by Google and Microsoft Office 365. “Essentially, the SMX Cloud Email Security Suite will provide an email security and hosting solution ‘in a box’ which IT service providers, Telcos and ISPs can deploy to their customers, under their own brand, within 30 days and on existing infrastructure, as a turnkey multi-tenanted subscription business service," says Blaauw.
“We will also compete on price. That means more generous margins for resellers than offered by Google or Microsoft Office 365," he adds. "Resellers can integrate the SMX service with their existing services to customers, preserving ownership of the customer relationship. It also means better value for end customers who, at no price penalty, can get a flexible range of business email services to suit their needs, with the services priced accordingly."
“Our feedback from customers, IT service providers, market partners and resellers is clear and consistent,” Blaauw says. They obviously want a highly secure and highly accurate cloud service. But they also want it to be locally hosted and locally serviced. And they want it to be quick and easy to deploy and easy to manage."