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Content Technologies and Command Software Systems Join Forces to Help ISPs Become ASPs with E-mail Management and Anti-virus Tools

In the wake of Melissa and other viruses, ISPs need services that protect customers

8/31, 1999

Content Technologies, specialists in securing the content of Internet communications, today announced a partnership with Command Software Systems, anti-virus experts, that equips Internet service providers (ISPs) with e-mail management and anti-virus capabilities. The partnership integrates Content Technologies� MAILsweeper with Command Software System�s HoloCheck anti-virus technology to create E-mail Command. The partnership helps ISPs differentiate themselves in what many view as a commodity market. By offering value-added services, ISPs take an important step toward becoming application service providers (ASPs) an emerging, high-growth niche for fully hosting applications. The services available to ISPs via the alliance between Content Technologies and Command are timely in light of the increased volume of e-mail and viruses, as well as the amount of damage newer viruses cause.

As a result of the partnership between Content Technologies and Command Software Systems, ISPs can protect customers from viruses at the ISP�s gateway, meaning companies don�t have to wait until a virus is on employee�s desktops to stop it. The alliance also gives ISPs the ability to process and manage higher volumes of e-mail and quarantine e-mail threats in a central location. These functions are pre-integrated for ISPs and can be seamlessly rolled out to customers.

One of the first ISPs to implement the new solution is CyPost Corporation, an ISP serving Portland, Seattle and Canada.

"With today�s growing concern about the ease of viruses being spread through e-mail, we felt it was our responsibility to offer our subscribers a stronger line of defense," said Carl Whitehead, director of strategic growth, CyPost Corporation. "We�ve used Command�s anti-virus software before and are very pleased with the results." CyPost plans to roll out the new e-mail virus protection service to its customer base in September for a nominal fee.

"Internet access is costly to manage," said Peter Kershaw, president of Content Technologies. "When the Melissa virus hit, you probably read about the e-mail downtime experienced by companies such as Boeing and Microsoft, large companies that host their own e-mail. Imagine all of the damage done to companies that rely on ISPs for e-mail hosting. Companies shouldn�t have to wait until a virus has penetrated their network to try to stop it. Our alliance with Command gives ISPs a way to protect their customers at the gateway, a powerful service that will save their customers a lot of money."

"Increasingly, viruses are cleverly packaged to avoid detection," said Dyan Dyer, CEO of Command Software Systems. "Partnering with Content Technologies, we can give ISPs anti-virus technology that finds and stops the most elusive viruses. It�s not enough anymore for ISPs to provide e-mail access, they must offer value-added services and become ASPs to remain competitive. Our alliance with Content Technologies helps them do that."

Command Software Systems and Content Technologies have plans for future integrated offerings that would scan messages to reduce legal liability, stop confidentiality breeches and quarantine spam. Forthcoming products will continue to deliver value-added services to ISPs.


Available in North America, E-mail Command will be offered by both Command Software System, and select resellers beginning immediately.

About Command Software Systems

Command Software, makers of Command AntiVirus (formerly F-PROT Professional�), has earned Checkmark Level Two certification from West Coast Labs. This means that Command AntiVirus has been independently tested and proven to detect 100 percent of viruses"in-the-wild" (Level One certification), plus employs the industry-leading capability of 100 percent disinfection of these same viruses (Level Two certification).

For more information about Command Software and its award-winning anti-virus solution, visit its Web site at

About Content Technologies

Content Technologies develops Internet content security and policy management tools. Content Technologies� flagship product MIMEsweeper, first shipped in 1995, provides complete content security by monitoring and managing use of e-mail, the Web and other intranet/Internet communications. More than 4,000 customers and four million users have deployed MIMEsweeper to enforce their Internet usage policy and protect against content threats that include: misuse of e-mail and the Web, confidentiality breaches, exposure to e-mail legal liability, Spam and Internet-borne viruses.

MIMEsweeper�s policy-based engine makes it the content security standard of global technology leaders. Content Technologies has partnerships and OEM agreements with security vendors that include Axent Technologies, Check Point Software, IBM and others. MIMEsweeper is sold direct and through select reseller channels made up of VARs, system integrators and Internet service providers. For additional information, call 800-982-6109 or visit the Web site at

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