SurfControl has upgraded to its email security software with reputation services and regulatory compliance features.

SurfControl E-mail Filter 6.0, available now, includes the company's own reputation service - previously only available as part of its hosted email security service - that automatically drops connection requests from IP addresses with a history of sending spam, according to Dave Tripier, senior vice president of product management for SurfControl. By automatically dropping these messages, corporations can significantly save on the bandwidth and storage required by inbound messages before they hits spam filters, he said.

The new compliance features in E-mail Filter 6.0 include dictionaries that match words and phrases associated with regulations, such as the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, as well as personal identifiers such as credit card numbers.

The enhanced policy-management features allow administrators to set up a new policy in about five seconds, says Tripier. Also included in Version 6.0 is an anti-virus engine and zero-hour virus protection at no additional charge.

E-mail Filter 6.0 is priced per user. An organisation with 200 users would pay $3,000.

In April, Websense announced plans to acquire SurfControl for $400 million.