A policy is a group of settings that specifies how PureMessage for Microsoft Exchange will scan email and what action it will take against threats, spam or unwanted content.

You can set a policy for each type of email scanning. For example, you can set different policies for anti-virus, anti-spam and content filtering.

Within a policy, you can typically specify:

  • which types of email are scanned (e.g. inbound, outbound)
  • what action is taken for each event (e.g. infected mail)
  • whether some users or groups are excepted from the action you set
  • whether alerts are sent.

For an example of how to set a policy, see Setting a policy.