More Gmail features for transition away from Postini

posted Jan 17, 2012, 12:49 PM by Eric Curts   [ updated Jan 17, 2012, 1:00 PM ]
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For those Google Apps users who are still in the process of moving from Postini Message Security to Google Apps Email Security, today Google has released several new management tools for Gmail to assist with the move.

We already had the "Objectionable content" filter and the "Content compliance" filter. With today's update we now have these new controls:
  • Spam - Options to bypass Google's spam filters for internal email for messages from approved addresses or domains.
  • Append footer - Options to add a footer to all outbound email messages.
  • Blocked sender - Option to automatically reject email from certain addresses or domains.
  • Attachment compliance - Option to block messages that contain certain attachments, including Office documents, Video and multimedia, Music and sound, Images, and custom extensions. (see the image in this post for a sample screenshot.)
As with the earlier filters, these new controls can be managed per Organization. With these new tools, most schools that had been using Postini Message Security should now have most all of the old features available inside Google Apps.

The only feature I still need for my district is the ability to apply these filters to Groups (email lists) like I was able to do with Postini.

To access all of the available Gmail filters, do to following:
  1. Log into your Google Apps admin site.
  2. Click "Settings" on the far right.
  3. Click "Email" on the left side.
  4. Click the "Filters" tab.
  5. Choose any Organization.
  6. Click the "Add Setting" button to add a filter to the selected Organization.
You can get more details on these new features at the Google Enterprise blog: