Japan Air adops RazorGate for spam

Mirapoint, the secure messaging firm is to be used by the Japan Airlines Group. They have selected the firm’s RazorGate 450 e-mail security appliance.

RazorGate will be used to block unwanted email and viruses from its network of approximately 100 companies.

Japan Airlines was experiencing high volumes of unwanted emails that were affecting the productivity of its 17,000 users.

With the enforcement of Japan’s Personal Information Protection Law in April 2005 pertaining to companies holding personal data and email addresses, Japan Airlines’ IT Center was forced to take action and address this issue. Previously, spam was laboriously sorted by Japan Airlines’ email server but the explosive increase in spam required that the company seek out another solution.

Fujitsu FIP Corp. is responsible for maintaining the email system of each company in the Japan Airlines Group. Fujitsu FIP recommended adding an email security appliance at the edge of the network to block spam and viruses before they enter the message network. After a thorough evaluation of four different email security products, Fujitsu FIP and Japan Airlines chose Mirapoint.

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“The ease of installation and maintenance coupled with Mirapoint’s accuracy and high catch-rates were key to our final decision,” said Kazunori Hashimoto, director, customer services department III at Fujitsu FIP. “However, the real wow factor came when we evaluated the MailHurdle connection management technology. We were able to eliminate 60-80 percent of spam at the network edge, before it began to drain resources of the email security appliance. In addition, RazorGate’s RAPID Anti-Spam feature not only evaluated email content, but the volume and pattern of email to demonstrate even higher catch rates for spam.”

Once the RazorGate email security appliance was in full production, Japan Airlines saw the load on their email server’s drop sharply. The company had been processing 160,000 emails per day. After installing Mirapoint’s RazorGate, that number was reduced to 80,000 legitimate emails per day, due to the blocking of unwanted spam at the network edge.

“By adding the RazorGate email security appliance in front of our email servers, we have saved thousands of dollars in employee productivity, as well as hard costs associated with upgrading our messaging infrastructure to process and manage the flood of spam that was infiltrating our network,” said Fumitaka Kawano, director, IT planning of Japan Airlines Group. “With Mirapoint’s RazorGate email security appliance, we have seen the maximum benefit with the minimum investment.”

With carrier-class “five-nines” uptime, Mirapoint’s RazorGate email security appliances provide multi-layered protection at the network perimeter to block hackers, spam and virus threats, as well as provide advanced management of message traffic through policy enforcement tools, content filters and detailed reporting. Consistent spam and virus catch-rates upwards of 98 percent are achieved with Mirapoint’s multi-layered approach to security.
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