Leading Edge Anti-Abuse Solution to Offer Secure, Real-Time Protection for Service Providers Worldwide REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Dec. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Openwave Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: OPWV), the leading provider of independent software products and services for the communications industry, and Commtouch(R) (Nasdaq: CTCH) today announced a collaboration to combat spam and malware for service providers worldwide. The agreement will integrate Commtouch's Anti-Spam and Zero Hour(TM) Virus Outbreak Protection services into Openwave's core adaptive messaging offerings, including Openwave(R) Email Mx and Openwave(R) Edge Gx Anti-Abuse. The combined solution -- which will be available in the first calendar quarter of 2007 -- is designed to deliver complete protection against spam and malware for Openwave's global email systems, which collectively manage 1.3 billion messages a day. "Commtouch addresses the latest issues in spam control; it's a win-win that Openwave is integrating Commtouch within its messaging anti-abuse solutions," said David Ferris, president and senior analyst, Ferris Research. "This collaboration benefits Openwave's service provider customers because it brings them state-of-the-art spam control." "As malicious spam attacks continue to evolve and take new form with a sharp rise in image-based spam, service providers need a reliable, innovative anti-abuse solution that offers rapid response and protection against spam attacks on a global level," said David Ratner, vice president of messaging, Openwave. "As a founding member of the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group (MAAWG), protection against spam is core to our messaging business. With Commtouch, we are strengthening our leadership position in the broadband and mobile markets and now have a trusted collaborator to deliver an integrated, end-to-end anti-abuse solution for service providers worldwide." Commtouch is leading the industry as one of the first vendors to announce "Image Spam Defense" which protects against the image-based spam that has plagued inboxes over the past year and grown in complexity, confounding traditional content-based filters. Commtouch's patented Recurrent Pattern Detection (RPD(TM)) technology delivers extremely high spam detection rates and protects against spam and malware attacks in real-time as they are mass-distributed over the Internet. In addition, Commtouch's Zero Hour Virus Outbreak Protection service consistently blocks malware in the earliest minutes of an outbreak. This automated protection solution is crucial when malware is being sent in multiple variants in massive waves that are completed in a matter of hours. "Over the past year we have seen the nature of spam and malware shift dramatically, requiring an approach that is more preemptive in identifying threats and real-time in responding to attacks," said Gideon Mantel, CEO, Commtouch. "The agreement between Openwave and Commtouch will bring service providers an integrated, innovative solution designed to protect against not only the spam and malware attacks of today, but also safeguard against the threats of tomorrow." Commtouch technology is content-agnostic, detecting and blocking spam in any language, a distinct advantage for global service providers who cannot risk misclassifying legitimate messages for any of their widely dispersed customer-base. This capability becomes especially important due to cultural differences in global and regional spam that have rendered dictionary-based approaches ineffective. Openwave leads the industry with its IP-based Adaptive Messaging platform; its suite of adaptive messaging products and solutions, including Email Mx, Edge Gx and the newly launched Rich Mail are designed to address communication service providers' needs for a new class of adaptive messaging services that help them address convergence across landline, mobile and broadband networks. Openwave Edge Gx Anti-Abuse detects and prevents unwanted email before it enters the network and stops infected outbound email. Openwave Email Mx offers communications companies the ability to develop and manage new messaging services in response to evolving subscriber needs. Email Mx also enables service providers to rapidly deploy flexible, standards-based software plug-ins, designed to work with best-of-breed anti-virus and anti-spam solutions. About Commtouch Commtouch Software Ltd. is dedicated to protecting and preserving the integrity of the world's most important communications tool -- email. Commtouch has over 15 years of experience developing messaging software and is a global developer and provider of proprietary anti-spam, Zero-Hour virus protection and IP Reputation solutions. Using core technologies including RPD (Recurrent Pattern Detection(TM)), the Commtouch Detection Center analyzes billions of email messages per month to identify new spam and malware outbreaks within minutes of their introduction into the Internet. Integrated by more than 50 OEM partners, Commtouch technology protects thousands of organizations, with over 50 million users in over 100 countries. Commtouch is headquartered in Netanya, Israel, and has a subsidiary in Mountain View, CA. For more information, see: www.commtouch.com, including the Commtouch online lab detailing spam statistics and charts. About Openwave Openwave Systems Inc. is the leading independent provider of software solutions that ignite mobility for the communications and media industries. Openwave empowers its customers to rapidly transform their business by sparking new revenue streams and market opportunities, building loyal subscriber communities and reducing operational costs. Openwave's broad range of IP-based handset-to-network solutions enable the rapid launch of information, communication and entertainment services across networks and devices and include handset software, content delivery, adaptive messaging, location, music and video services. Openwave is a global company headquartered in Redwood City, California. For more information please visit www.openwave.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements, including projections about Commtouch business, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. For example, statements in the future tense, and statements including words such as "expect," "plan," "estimate," "anticipate," or "believe" are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on information available to us at the time of the release; we assume no obligation to update any of them. The statements in this release are not guarantees of future performance and actual results could differ materially from our current expectations as a result of numerous factors, including business conditions and growth or deterioration in the Internet market, commerce and the general economy, both domestic as well as international; fewer than expected new-partner relationships; competitive factors, including pricing pressures; technological developments, and products offered by competitors; the ability of our OEM partners to successfully penetrate markets with products integrated with Commtouch technology; a slower than expected acceptance rate for our newer product offerings; availability of qualified staff for expansion; and technological difficulties and resource constraints encountered in developing new products, as well as those risks described in the text of this press release and the company's Annual Reports on Form 20-F and reports on Form 6-K, which are available through www.sec.gov. NOTE: Recurrent Pattern Detection, RPD and Zero-Hour are trademarks, and Commtouch is a registered trademark, of Commtouch Software Ltd. U.S. Patent No. 6,330,590 is owned by Commtouch. This release contains forward-looking statements relating to expectations, plans or prospects for Openwave Systems Inc. that are based upon the current expectations and beliefs of Openwave's management and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. In particular, the following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements: (a) the ability to make changes in business strategy, development plans and product offerings to respond to the needs of our current, new and potential customers, suppliers and strategic partners; (b) the integration of Commtouch services into our offerings; (c) risks associated with the development and licensing of software generally, including potential delays in software development and technical difficulties that may be encountered in the development or use of our software; (d) increased global competition and pricing pressure on our products; (e) technological changes and developments; and (f) general risks of the Internet and wireless and wireline telecommunications sectors. For a detailed discussion of these and other cautionary statements, please refer to the risk factors discussed in filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including but not limited to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2006, and any subsequently filed reports. All documents also are available through the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering Analysis and Retrieval system (EDGAR) at www.sec.gov or from Openwave's Web site at www.openwave.com. NOTE: Openwave and the Openwave logo are trademarks of Openwave Systems Inc. or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners. For further information: Openwave Systems Inc. Vikki Herrera Public Relations Vikki.Herrera@openwave.com Tel: 650-480-6753 Commtouch Rebecca Steinberg Herson firstname.lastname@example.org US: 650-864-2112 Int'l: +972-9-863-6877 SOURCE Openwave Systems Inc. CONTACT: Vikki Herrera, Public Relations of Openwave Systems Inc., +1-650-480-6753, or Vikki.Herrera@openwave.com; or Rebecca Steinberg Herson of Commtouch, U.S., +1-650-864-2112, or Int'l, +972-9-863-6877, or email@example.com -0- Dec/20/2006 22:00 GMT
Openwave and Commtouch Team to Provide Integrated Spam Solution
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