Symantec Corp. has announced a hosting service that filters spam and viruses and controls compliance for companies. The service, dubbed Symantec Hosted Mail Security, starts at the sum of $1,710 per year for 50 users. This is now the third component of Symantec's e-mail security strategy.

Companies that subscribe to Symantec's new service would reroute their incoming and outgoing mail to pass through one of the company's hosting centers, where messages are scanned before being sent on to the enterprise or out to the Internet. This eliminates the need for dedicated hardware and software, and related management, on a company's network. A Web-based management console lets administrators set e-mail policies and run reports.