XO protects e-mail

* Perimeter Email Protection from XO Communications

XO Communications announced the availability of an e-mail security and disaster recover service.

Perimeter Email Protection is an addition to the CLEC's existing e-mail and hosting service delivery platform designed to provide businesses with assistance in combating increasing costs associated with Internet junk e-mail, denial-of-service attacks and viruses.

The service provides:

* User Validation - compares incoming e-mail against legitimate e-mail users provided by the business and rejects unwanted e-mail before it arrives at the customer's server.

* Email Protection - provides on-premise mail servers with protection against e-mail based denial of service and dictionary attacks, as well as spam.

* Email Disaster Recovery - reduces loss of all incoming e-mail if the mail server goes down and delivers e-mail when the server is restored.

* Reporting - provides daily reports on how a business' e-mail server is being protected.

Perimeter Email Protection is targeted at new customers and existing customers using XO and Concentric Hosting services, XO Dedicated Internet Access and bundled services from XO.

XO joins several Bells offering e-mail security services. BellSouth recently unveiled a service that allows its business DSL customers to encrypt outgoing e-mail.

AT&T offers encryption on its client software for its Business Internet dial-up service, and Verizon also has an e-mail encryption service for businesses called Verizon Secure Mail.

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