Table: Symantec Brightmail Gateway new features and enhanced features lists the new features and enhanced features for this release of Symantec Brightmail Gateway.
Table: Symantec Brightmail Gateway new features and enhanced features
New feature or enhancement
Directory data service
You can configure the new directory data service to use the information that is stored in your Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directories for features in the Symantec Brightmail Gateway. For example, based on your directory data service configuration, the system can use your directory data to do the following:
Improvements over Symantec Brightmail Gateway version 8.0.3 and previous releases include the optional use of SSL to encrypt the LDAP server connection, the ability to use more than one authentication source, and the ability to follow LDAP referrals.
Real time rule updates and secured rulesets
Symantec Brightmail Gateway improves antispam effectiveness by enabling faster rule distribution. Incremental rules can arrive as frequently as once a minute to improve responsiveness to new antispam threats and increase overall antispam effectiveness. The incremental updates reduce the frequency of full ruleset downloads. If the ruleset download fails for any reason, an error is logged that indicates the nature of the failure.
Ensure that your configuration has access to the aztec.brightmail.com and liveupdate.symantec.com.
See the Symantec Brightmail Gateway Installation Guide for details on connectivity requirements.
Symantec Brightmail Gateway offers you the option to participate in Symantec’s Probe Network, part of its Global Intelligence Network. The feature lets you forward to the probe network the email that is destined to unused email addresses or invalid email addresses. The probe accounts help Symantec detect spam attacks and create the spam filters that can better detect localized spam attacks.
See About probe accounts.
New features and enhancements to content filtering
Content compliance is now known as content filtering.
The new content filtering features in this release are as follows:
In addition to Sender ID and SPF (Sender Policy Framework) sender authentication, you can now use DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail) authentication. You can configure DKIM signing on a per-domain basis. You can configure DKIM validation on system-wide basis. You can create a content filtering policy to apply actions based on the results of DKIM validation.
Content encryption is a separately licensed feature that lets you encrypt outbound messages for greater security and track statistics for encrypted messages through the Control Center. Symantec content encryption uses Symantec Hosted Services, which is powered by MessageLabs.
You can use SMTP authentication to allow remote users to send email through Symantec Brightmail Gateway. SMTP authentication allows an MTA to authenticate an email client before it permits the client to send messages. A typical use of SMTP authentication is to allow authorized users to relay mail.
You can use an LDAP authentication source. Or you can forward the credentials that the MUA supplies to another SMTP server for authentication.
Symantec Brightmail Gateway includes an enhanced logging feature that allows system administrators to enable alerts when logging disk space on Scanners nears or reaches capacity. When the default threshold levels are reached, the system shifts to a reduced or halted logging mode. It sends an email notification to the specified administrator of the change.
The commands in the command line interface have been redesigned for better usability. Some old commands have been removed or merged into new or existing commands. The command documentation has been rewritten in UNIX MAN page format. Type help command to view the command documentation.
Ability to use the same IP and port for both inbound and outbound traffic
You can use the same IP address and port for both inbound messages and outbound messages. The Scanner then uses outbound mail acceptance settings to determine if a message is inbound or outbound.
Per-domain non-local SMTP delivery bindings
You can set domain-specific delivery bindings for non-local messages. For each of your local domains, this feature enables you to define one or more IP addresses from which messages from that domain are sent.
Per-domain multiple downstream routes
You can route the inbound email that is addressed to different local domains using an unlimited number of default relays.
See About email domains.
Message queue improvements
You can search the delivery queue for messages from a specific route or set of routes. If your search includes messages from only one route, you can reroute all of those messages in one action.
Link to online information for error level Scanner logs
The Control Center displays a question mark icon next to the description of error level Scanner logs. Click the icon to display a Web page that contains more information about the error if information is available. Symantec tracks the error information requests and adds new error information continually. You can disable this feature.
See Viewing log files.
New rule for advance fee scam messages
Statsig is a new antispam module designed to detect 419 spam (advance fee scams). When your organization receives a 419 spam message and the statsig module identifies the message as spam, Symantec Brightmail Gateway takes the actions that you specify in your spam policy.
Scheduled Tasks and Failed Scheduled Tasks
Symantec Brightmail Gateway lets you track the status of all your scheduled tasks on one page. Scheduled tasks are grouped into tabs by associated task types. Under each tab, a page contains the name and status of the scheduled task. If a task completes successfully, users see the start time, the finish time, and the time that the task is scheduled to run next. If a task fails to complete, the Finished column displays a status of Failed.
Ability to create a diagnostic package from the Control Center
You can now create a diagnostic package for the host that you specify through the Control Center. Symantec Support uses this package to troubleshoot issues with your product. All packages contain default components. You can create a default package or specify what additional components you want to include in the package.
When you generate a diagnostic package, Symantec Brightmail Gateway creates the package on the host for which you are running the report. Symantec Brightmail Gateway then transfers a copy of the package to the location that you specify. You can transfer the copy of the package through a transfer protocol to a remote location. You can also save the copy on the computer on which you run your browser.
Configurable date and time format
Administrators can configure date formats and time formats.
Configurable date and time formats apply to the following: