Viruses and other types of malicious attacks can wreak havoc in an organization. The damage can range from email server crashes to network downtime and the compromise and destruction of company data. Given the damage that can result from viruses and other types of malicious attacks, it is essential to employ virus protection as early in the mail flow process as possible. Virus and malicious threat detection is optional.
Symantec Brightmail Gateway detects viruses, worms, and Trojan horses in all major file types (for example, Microsoft Word files), including compressed file formats.
Symantec Brightmail Gateway detects that an email message is a mass-mailer worm or virus. It can automatically delete the infected email message and any attachments.
Symantec Brightmail Gateway detects the email messages that exhibit virus-like signs. It also detects the messages that contain a suspicious new pattern of message flow that involves email message attachments.
Infected files can be intentionally encrypted. Encrypted files cannot be decrypted and scanned without the appropriate decryption tool. You can configure how you want Symantec Brightmail Gateway to process encrypted container files.
Adware and spyware
Symantec Brightmail Gateway detects the security risks that do any of the following:
Symantec Brightmail Gateway must be able to decompose and scan a container file to detect viruses. You can specify the maximum size and scanning depth levels of container files to reduce your exposure to zip bombs or denial-of-service attacks.