Vircom launches free online security tool

Montreal, Canada, November 1st, 2010 – Vircom Inc. shares technical knowledge and expertise by offering a free email security analysis online tool: Email Security Grader.

The web site empowers IT and mail administrators by allowing them to run a full email security test suite on their domain. After analysis of a domain name’s mail infrastructure, Email Security Grader performs diagnostics on MX records, reverse DNS, SPF, DNSBL, Open Relay and SMTP/POP3/IMAP authentication. The user is presented with a detailed report of the analysis, and given recommendations for improving system security and, most importantly, why.

"I am very proud to see Email Security Grader go live today" said Mike Petsalis, COO at Vircom. "This project is an employee initiative, what I call a 10% project. It was driven by our R&D staff, engineers and IT from start to finish. The devs wanted to share their knowledge and expertise outside the scope of corporate product roadmap, and make it available for free on the web. Email Security Grader is the result of this effort."

Nicolas Riousset, Development Lead at Vircom, continues: "Our entire team: Dev, QA, IT and Security Operations, mobilized their 10% to concentrate on a unified project to produce a result that reflected our very own technical know-how, abilities and passion. Most email and IT administrators are running email security software to protect their messaging infrastructure, yet many are integrating these solutions in insecure environments, thus compromising efficiency. ESG and Vircom are here to help and identify security flaws in their environment."

In addition to providing an email security tool, ESG offers community-building discussion forums where users can interact with the developers to exchange ideas, debate, and improve the tests and scoring algorithms of the test suite. To evaluate your mail infrastructure and environment, run an Email Security Grader test on your domain at