Wednesday 20 July 2005

Breaking news: Microsoft buys FrontBridge

Today at 1:30 PM (PT), Microsoft announced its intent to acquire FrontBridge Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of managed services for message security, compliance, and continuity. FrontBridge is a privately-held company based in Los Angeles, CA with services trusted by more than 3,100 businesses worldwide, delivered through an impressive partner network including AT&T, Equant, IBM, NEC, Siemens Business Services, Inc., Sprint, TELUS, and VeriSign. With this acquisition, Microsoft will deliver services for:
  • Message Compliance: Mitigate compliance and e-discovery risk through a fully-managed e-mail and instant message archiving, retrieval and reporting service.
  • Message Security: Secure messaging infrastructure from internal and external threats through the use of multi-layered filtering technologies and encryption.
  • Message Continuity: Ensure e-mail availability and disaster recovery continuity during emergency scenarios through the high availability and redundancy of the FrontBridge network made up of eight data centers located around the globe.
FrontBridge is of course one of the "big four" hosted anti-spam solutions (yeah, I know, they do AV, DR, and crypto, yadda yadda). So who fancies buying MessageLabs, MX Logic, and Postini? And what of smaller, regional providers, such as BlackSpider?

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Webinar: Reputation Services - Your First Line of Defense Against Spam, Phishing, and Emerging Threats

[Updated: this webinar has already happened, but there'll probably be a repeat performance in August. Please subscribe to this blog for notification of future events.]

Please join us July 26th for a free webinar, with the chance to win a free Sony digital camera:
  • Is spam overwhelming your available resources?
  • Are phishing attacks keeping you up at night?
  • How do you tell the good guys from the bad?
Trend Micro invites you to a one hour webinar, where we will discuss:
  • How reputation services can help you stop spam, phishing attacks and other emerging threats at their source -before they enter your network and affect business productivity
  • Which reputation services have the most to offer?
  • Current status of authentication standards
Date: Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm Pacific Time

Topic: "Reputation Services - Your First Line of Defense Against Spam, Phishing, and Emerging Threats"

Attend: Click here to register online

Prize Drawing: All attendees will be automatically entered to win a free SONY CYBERSHOT digital camera!

Also receive a FREE White Paper "Network-Centric Spam Control Soutions" for attending!

Drawing to take place the day of the event. Drawing participants are not required to register for the webinar nor attend to win. Please see Official Rules for details on how to enter the drawing without registering for the webinar.

  • Richi Jennings, Principal Consultant for Richi Jennings Associates. Mr. Jennings is an independent technology and marketing consultant specializing in email, Linux, blogging, and computer security. For more information, see
  • Dave Rand, Chief Technologist for Internet Content Security for Trend Micro, North America. Mr. Rand co-founded Mail Abuse Prevention System (MAPS) the first anti-spam company and launched the Realtime Blackhole List (RBL®), the standard for DNS-based IP reputation services.
  • John Maddison, Senior Director for Network Security Services for Trend Micro, North America. Mr. Maddison is Senior Director of Product Management for Trend Micro responsible for the development of security products for the Enterprise and Service Provider markets.

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Tuesday 19 July 2005

Bloglines, wherefore art thou?

Bloglines appears to be mortally wounded today. Sorry if you were looking for my blogroll over on the right. Growing pains?

Update at 2.30ish UTC: they fixed it.

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Interex RIP; HP World cancelled


One of the first press interviews I ever did was for the HP World magazine. And HP World and the old InterWorks were my introductions to the bizarre world of conference speaking.

Ever since Lew Platt retired, HP never really seemed to engage satisfactorily with Interex. Sure, there was plenty of rank-and-file support, but HP didn't seem to see much strategic value in having an independent advocacy group.

Worse, Interex and Encompass (the old DEC/Compaq user group) never really got along.

I don't expect the HP-run conference to be quote the same, somehow.

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