Well now I can see why Cisco pursued IronPort so aggressively! From RedOrbit:
SAN BRUNO, CA — (MARKET WIRE) — January 11, 2007 — IronPortÂ® Systems, Inc., the leader in gateway security, today announced that IronPort's C-Seriesâ„¢ appliance, powered by proprietary IronPort Anti-Spamâ„¢ technology, was recognized with InfoWorld's 2007 Technology of the Year Award, ranking IronPort at the top of its class for the tenth time in the last twelve months. The IronPort solution was noted for its easy set up, superior performance and high accuracy — all with zero tuning required.
I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this. I mean, congratulations to IronPort first of all. But, I almost wonder who they're paying at InfoWorld to obtain top ranking 10 times out of 12. OK, maybe I'm a little biased, working for one of their competitors and all, but I still question the validity of this award.
Even something as simple as their ability to ward off image spam should be taken into account. Email security companies scramble to re-jig their scanning solution every time spammers crank out a new type of image spam – IronPort included. And with every new layer of scanning, the anti-spam solution becomes more resource intensive. That why it will take more than simply image analysis to be truly effective. Only solutions that have a global threat database tied into their solutions will continue to stop all types of spam as new types of threats arise.