About the Symantec Brightmail Gateway software components


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About the Symantec Brightmail Gateway software components

A hardened, preinstalled Linux-based operating system powers Symantec Brightmail Gateway. The filtering and management platform software also resides on the appliance. In addition, there is an IM relay and a mail transfer agent (MTA) that enable email communication. Software updates are easily applied, which helps to ensure minimal disruptions for updates.

Symantec Brightmail Gateway software consists of the following subcomponents:


Scanners do the following tasks:

  • Process the inbound messages and outbound messages and route messages for delivery.

  • Download virus definitions, spam and spim signatures, and other security updates from Symantec Security Response.

  • Run filters, render verdicts, and apply actions to messages in accordance with the appropriate policies and settings.

See About Scanner email settings.

Each Symantec Brightmail Gateway Scanner uses a separate mail transfer agent, or MTA, when it scans email messages.

See MTA and message queue behavior.

Instant messages are handled through the IM Relay proxy.

See Working with Services.

Control Center

The Control Center provides message-management services, such as centralized administration, reporting, and monitoring. The Control Center also houses a Web server and the databases that store system-wide information.

The Control Center collects and aggregates statistics from connected and enabled Scanners and provides information on their status and maintains system logs. The Control Center also collects statistics on types and levels of security threats. These statistics can be displayed in a variety of reports and distributed in different formats.

The Control Center also hosts Spam Quarantine and Suspect Virus Quarantine. It may also be configured to store Information that is related to messages that trigger content filtering policies.

See About quarantining spam.

See About quarantining suspected viruses.

See About content incident folders.