Red Condor Bests Competitors in Independent Test of Email Filter Accuracy

Miercom test proves Red Condor’s superior threat protection and validates hybrid approach
July 29, 2010 - PRLog -- ROHNERT PARK, Calif. –  Red Condor today announced that an independent evaluation of appliance, SaaS (hosted) and hybrid email spam filtering solutions conducted by Miercom showed Red Condor’s Message Assurance Gateway (MAG) appliance and Vx Technology outperformed spam filters by Cloudmark, Message Labs/Symantec, MXLogic McAfee and Proofpoint. Miercom tested each filtering solution for spam filtering effectiveness based on content analysis accuracy, and the ability to protect against virus, adult content, phishing and other email-borne threats. Miercom also validated Red Condor’s hybrid technology, which combines an email appliance with a hosted service. The complete results of the test are available in a published report from Miercom for download or

Test criteria  in the independent third-party evaluation included spam block rates, false-positive and false-negative counts and misclassification rates – number of false negatives (missed spam) combined with the number of false positives (legitimate messages incorrectly quarantined).  Red Condor had the highest block rate, zero false-positives and only one misclassified message for every 1970 messages received during the one-week test.  

According to Rob Smithers, CEO of Miercom, “Red Condor had the lowest misclassification rate of all appliance and SaaS solutions tested, and its hybrid solution affords a comprehensive approach to filtering, blocking and classifying emails. Based on the filtering and blocking capabilities of the Message Assurance Gateway 2700, Red Condor has shown it provides one of the best email security solutions on the market.”

“Email’s integral role in business communications and productivity requires a filtering solution that allows legitimate mail to flow to user inboxes while accurately blocking spam, phishing, virus, and other malicious email content,” said Tom Steding, CEO of Red Condor. “Incorrect classification of mail can cause a variety of problems for companies, from customer service challenges and loss of productivity, to threats to corporate security. Red Condor doesn’t force customers to sacrifice receipt of all legitimate mail in return for protection against spam and potentially dangerous mail. Our technology offers the best of both worlds: highly accurate filtering and strong protection against new and emerging threats.”

Other highlights from the Miercom test include:  
•   The Red Condor MAG2700 appliance had a block rate of 99.9%.
•   Red Condor’s Vx Technology provided automatic failover, keeping mail flowing over the network even when the appliance was turned off.  
•   When combined with the company’s Vx Technology, the MAG2700 appliance is the only email security solution that acts as a hosted service, a network appliance, or as a hybrid.

About the Miercom Test
Miercom tested five email security solutions: Cloudmark Cloudfilter Solution; MessageLabs/Symantec Email, AntiSpam, Email Antivirus and Email Image Control; MxLogic/McAfee Email Defense Package;  Proofpoint P340; and Red Condor MAG 2700 with Vx Technology.    

The five solutions were subjected to a production email stream of approximately 3,000 messages a day for one week.  For a copy of the Miercom Testing Report, visit

About Red Condor
Red Condor’s highly accurate email filter Vx Technology™ hybrid architecture and fully managed appliances lead to a dramatic reduction in the cost of owning a premium spam filter. With email security solutions for small-to-medium businesses, as well as for ISPs with millions of email inboxes, Red Condor is rapidly gaining market share. The company’s email security system has built-in zero tolerance for lost email, and a near zero false-positive rate, with spam block rates that exceed 99%. Red Condor Archive is a secure message archiving service with lifetime retention and unlimited storage. The company's award-winning technology is backed 24/7 by a team of human email security experts monitoring for the latest email threats. For more information, visit

About Miercom
Miercom is a privately held network consultancy, specializing in networking and communications-related product testing and analysis. The company’s highly-skilled engineers have developed methodologies for testing products as diverse as IP-PBXs, UTM, UC, SAN switches, SIP phones, IPS and IDS systems. Founded in 1988, Miercom pioneered the comparative assessment of networking hardware and software, and co-sponsored with Network World the first public display of VoIP Interoperability across H.323 v2 platforms. The results of VoIP, VPN testing and other technology research articles continue to appear in many prestigious industry journals. For more information, visit
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