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Sendmail Launches 'Rogue Email Application Control' Appliance

Sendmail this week announced the release of the Sentrion Rogue Email Application Control (REAC) appliance, a new offering designed to address the security and compliance needs of organizations migrating email-generating systems and applications to the cloud.

Details on REAC were announced at their annual International Messaging Infrastructure Summit in Washington, D.C.

Sendmail estimates that more than half of all email messages within an enterprise originate from machines, not people.

“It’s become a matter of man vs. machine as enterprises begin contending with the growing security and compliance risks presented by the uncontrolled high volume of email messages being generated by applications inside enterprise walls,” said Sendmail President & CEO Glen D. Vondrick.

“Left unchecked, these machine-generated emails can result in the complete shut-down of IT networks at any time, though the potential for mayhem is at its highest during email-to-cloud migrations.”

However, the problem with machine-generated email is that it’s difficult for any IT teams to know how many of the more than 500 email-generating applications on their network are rogue. Rogue email-generation applications can create internal DoS attacks, and violate corporate messaging policy, in addition to other security threats – which are compounded when email is hosted externally.

REAC works by classifying, discovering and controlling the communication flow of all email-enabled application servers. It can identify messages in three categories; known human, known application, or machine traffic. From there, REAC is programmed to offer proactive control settings to make administration easier. In addition to classification, REAC has other granular abilities focused on registration, monitoring, and overall control.

Sentrion REAC runs on Sendmail’s Sentrion Email Integration Platform and is available for evaluation. More information is available here.

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Steve Ragan is a security reporter and contributor for SecurityWeek. Prior to joining the journalism world in 2005, he spent 15 years as a freelance IT contractor focused on endpoint security and security training.