Air Force gets antispam guard

The Air Force has purchased Symantec’s Mail Security Premium AntiSpam option for the service’s Combat Information Transport System (CITS), the first deal signed under the Defense Department’s new enterprise license agreement for the company’s products and services.

CITS will use Symantec’s Brightmail technology, which eliminates 99 percent of rogue e-mail, including spam, viruses and malicious code. The Air Force does not need to install the new antispam software because the service can download it from Symantec’s Mail Security Management consoles that CITS now uses, according to an Oct. 26 Air Force statement.

The Air Force’s three-year enterprise license agreement for Symantec’s Mail Security Premium AntiSpam option covers software licenses, maintenance and support. The service did not release a dollar figure for the deal but expects to save millions of dollars, according to the statement.

CITS updates the Air Force’s information technology transport and security capabilities at its bases. The service’s Headquarters Operations and Sustainment Systems Group announced last month that it established an enterprise software agreement with immixGroup through the Defense Department’s Enterprise Software Initiative for Symantec’s products and services, a five-year, $182 million deal.

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