Irish security firm beats McAfee, Sophos and Symantec

12 Jan 2011

A security company from the West of Ireland has outperformed security industry giants like McAfee, Sophos, WebRoot and Symantec. SpamTitan achieved the highest spam catch rate of 99.97pc in the first Virus Bulletin Industry Test of 2011.

The makers of powerful and easy to manage spam and web-filtering software outperformed established industry stalwarts. A division of CopperFasten Technologies, SpamTitan Technologies is a global company with headquarters in Galway, Ireland.

The Virus Bulletin is an independent global publication specific to the field of viruses and related malware. Not only did SpamTitan have the second-highest spam catch rate, it combined this with a 0pc false positive rate – it can’t get much better than that. With a 0pc false positive rate, companies can rest assured that the damaging effect of having a bona fide email incorrectly identified as spam will not occur with SpamTitan.  

As a result of this performance, SpamTitan earns the much-coveted Virus Bulletin award and again receives strong independent endorsement for its highly effective and easy to use spam-filtering solution.

Martijn Grooten, author of the Virus Bulletin anti-spam comparative review, said: “SpamTitan not only equalled the stunning spam catch rate it displayed in the previous test, but the virtual appliance also correctly identified all legitimate emails. With close to the highest final score, SpamTitan is among the winners of this test.”

Spear phishing

This is SpamTitan’s eighth time to enter the Virus Bulletin test, which this time compared 18 other products. This latest Virus Bulletin test highlighted the move towards spear phishing, a sophisticated form of phishing where victims are individually targeted as a growing threat. SpamTitan offers protection to safeguard customers from these phishing attacks using a multi-layered approach which allows SpamTitan to deliver better and more generic detection of phishing emails.

“This eighth consecutive Virus Bulletin test validates the market-leading effectiveness of the SpamTitan spam-filtering solution. Simply put, we catch more spam than anyone else,” said Ronan Kavanagh, CEO.

“When our customers choose SpamTitan they do not have to choose between catching a large volume of spam or having a low volume of false positives – with SpamTitan, they get both.

“We are seeing a growing number of new customers moving from other solutions, the clear message we are hearing is that once customers deploy SpamTitan they are see an immediate and dramatic reduction in the level of spam. These independent test results prove that our hard work is paying off and our customers are reaping the rewards in terms of having the very best protection from spam and viruses at an extremely competitive price,” Kavanagh said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years