Opechee Construction Corporation Turns to Proofpoint on Demand—Standard Edition to Eliminate Spam and Viruses

Benefits from Enterprise-Class Messaging Protection in Cost-Effective, Easy-to-Manage Hosted Service


Sunnyvale, Calif. – June 18, 2008 – Proofpoint, Inc., the leading provider of unified email security and data loss prevention solutions, today announced that Opechee Construction Corporation has deployed Proofpoint on Demand™—Standard Edition to defend against all types of inbound spam, viruses, worms and other malware.

A design and construction firm that builds retail, office, institutional, hospitality, industrial and commercial facilities throughout New England, Opechee was getting inundated with spam—with some employees receiving more than 300 spam messages a day. With the growing number and sophistication of email attacks, it was a challenge for the company’s limited IT resources to preemptively address these threats while still delivering a high level of service and support. The constant administration and manual intervention required by the company’s previous mail server-based anti-spam solution was no longer a viable option.

“As the main IT person, I handle everything from programming to desktop support, so it was time to find a more effective and easy-to-manage messaging solution that better fit the needs of our business and freed me to focus on other IT demands, rather than spend time wading through spam and maintaining custom anti-spam rules,” said Matt Twombly, IT manager for Opechee Construction Corporation. “Proofpoint on Demand offers the ideal solution because it delivers the effectiveness of an enterprise-class email security solution in an easy to manage, hosted environment.”

Opechee selected Proofpoint on Demand—Standard Edition, an easy-to-use, lower-cost version of Proofpoint’s hosted service. Designed for small- and medium-sized businesses that demand powerful spam blocking, virus protection and content filtering capabilities, Proofpoint on Demand—Standard Edition provides uninterrupted email security without requiring additional investments in IT personnel or infrastructure.

“Proofpoint on Demand has completely solved our spam problems. The difference is like night and day from our previous solution,” added Twombly. “And we have the peace of mind knowing that Proofpoint’s service is guaranteed by the most stringent service level agreements.”
With Proofpoint, Opechee has been able to achieve a true “lights out” operation—with zero administration required and 24x7 monitoring and operational support, updates and upgrades provided by Proofpoint. The Standard Edition also offers the same performance guarantees as Proofpoint’s enterprise solutions, including 99%+ spam effectiveness, 100% virus protection, “five nines” availability and “no delay” email delivery.

“We saw enterprise spam volumes rise by more than 50 percent during the first quarter of 2008, and we expect this number to more than double this year,” said Sandra Vaughan, senior vice president of products and marketing for Proofpoint. “Opechee’s situation reflects that of many of our customers, who are challenged to stay ahead of spam and other threats while providing excellent support in a limited-resource environment. Proofpoint’s extensible platform—including four flexible deployment options—is designed to provide customers with a solution that not only protects them, but suits their IT requirements and enables their business.”

To learn more about Proofpoint’s hosted email security and data loss prevention solutions, view Proofpoint’s Web seminar, “Reaping the Benefits of Hosted Email Security.”

About Proofpoint, Inc.
Proofpoint provides unified email security and data loss prevention solutions for enterprises, universities, government organizations and ISPs to defend against inbound threats such as spam and viruses, prevent leaks of confidential and private information across all protocols, and encrypt sensitive emails. Proofpoint’s products are controlled by a single management and policy console and are powered by Proofpoint MLX™ technology, an advanced machine learning system developed by Proofpoint scientists and engineers. Proofpoint provides the most scalable and flexible deployment model including: hardware appliance, virtual appliance, hosted services and software. For more information, please visit http://www.proofpoint.com.

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