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Finjan Software Selects Mailshell to Provide Advanced Spam Fighting Tools For Finjan's Vital Security Solution

Integrated Product Offering Combines SpamCatcher With SurfinGate for E-Mail To Increase Productivity and Ensure E-mail Remains Valuable Communications Tool

SAN JOSE, CA, and SANTA CLARA, CA - April 14, 2003 - Finjan Software, the leading provider of proactive security solutions for global companies, and Mailshell, creator of the easiest and most accurate solution to spam, today announced the integration of Mailshell's SpamCatcher(TM) engine into Finjan's best-of-breed Vital Security(TM) solution, SurfinGate® for E-mail.

The partnership will provide Finjan customers with an additional anti-spam defense that complements Finjan's existing set of anti-spam features available in its SurfinGate for E-mail solution. With the cost of fighting spam predicted by Ferris Research to hit $10 billion in 2003, this agreement provides global organizations with a security and content management tool that increases worker productivity and improves network bandwidth while drastically cutting the costs associated with the eradication of spam and the security threats it can bring into the corporate environment.

"With the proliferation of undesired content and spam starting to represent as much as 50 percent of all messages in a given corporate in-box, the business value of e-mail communications is threatened," said Shlomo Touboul, Finjan Software's founder and CEO. "Our partnership with Mailshell and its industry recognized anti-spam management solution addresses this growing business concern and is part of Finjan's ongoing strategy to provide innovative content security and management applications to our customers."

According to IDC, spam volume is up 28 percent to 870 billion messages in North America alone, with that figure expected to surpass 1 trillion by the end of 2003. This represents a growing challenge for organizations as they seek to manage this onslaught and balance communication needs with organizational productivity. The Finjan-Mailshell partnership addresses this challenge by arming organizations with a robust solution that proactively filters unwanted emails, ensuring that e-mail continues to be a productive and viable communications tool.

"Blocking spam from their corporate networks is among IT directors' top priorities for 2003," said Tonny Yu, founder and CEO of Mailshell. "Finjan is recognized as one of the leading proactive content security platform providers and an ideal partner for Mailshell. We expect customers to benefit tremendously from the integration of these two solutions, arming them with superior integrated content security."

With products and services that exceed the rudimentary level of defense typically offered by reactive anti-virus software solutions, Finjan's Vital Security solutions protect mission critical information and systems from the most malicious Internet attacks that occur at the desktop and gateway levels. The most robust platform of its kind, Finjan's Vital Security provides a best-of-breed, integrated content security offering that proactively responds to changing, yet-to-be-created Internet security threats. Armed with Vital Security, more than 1,400 corporations and 1.8 million end-users can close their Window of Vulnerability(TM) for potential attacks by almost 100% by continually monitoring, analyzing and reporting active content entering the network.

Mailshell SpamCatcher engine integrates seamlessly into Finjan's Vital Security Solution platform. SpamCatcher uses more than a thousand spam-blocking rules including pattern matches, heuristic functions, proprietary and third-party databases. Complex algorithms are applied to compute the probability that each piece of e-mail is spam. SpamCatcher also creates a fingerprint ID for every e-mail message and compares it to existing fingerprints in its databases in order to continuously analyze new spam, create new rules, and adjust the weighting of existing rules. Because the nature of spam constantly changes, customers can opt to receive scheduled or real-time rules updates.

About Finjan
Finjan Software is the leading provider of proactive content security solutions to global organizations. Exceeding the preliminary level of defense typically offered by reactive anti-virus software solutions, Finjan's Vital Security family of products proactively responds to changing, yet-to-be-created Internet security threats, creating a network security solution that closes the Window of Vulnerability. Recognized by analyst firm IDC as the leader in the worldwide malicious mobile code security market, Finjan's robust and scalable network security products are protecting the mission critical content of more than one million end-users. Based in Silicon Valley, Finjan distributes its products directly and through a growing reseller and channel base. For more information, visit

About Mailshell
Mailshell is the creator of SpamCatcher, the easiest solution to spam. The company's products include anti-spam software developers' tools and a suite of enterprise and personal anti-spam products. Mailshell recently earned an "Editor's Choice" award in PC Magazine's review of spam filters, and has been dubbed "priceless" by Forbes magazine, "excellent" by the Associated Press and "easy to use" by CNET. Mailshell is based in Santa Clara, CA, with an additional office in San Francisco. For more information visit

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