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
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.
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.
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
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
For further information:
Openwave Systems Inc.
Rebecca Steinberg Herson
SOURCE Openwave Systems Inc.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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