SOURCE: FaceTime Communications

March 26, 2008 09:20 ET

FaceTime Lures SurfControl Customers With More for Less

Secure Web Gateway Visionary Offers New Alternatives for Managing Today's Internet

BELMONT, CA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - FaceTime Communications, the leading provider of solutions that secure Web and unified communications (UC) in the enterprise, today announced a new offer for customers looking to renew their Web filtering subscriptions currently held with SurfControl, Websense and other competing providers. Renewing instead with FaceTime and upgrading to the Unified Security Gateway (USG) appliance affords customers a higher value solution by providing Web filtering combined with complete Web security, Instant messaging management, P2P control, UC, and gateway anti-malware in a single platform.

"We're hearing from SurfControl customers that they are being asked to upgrade to a Websense product, often at an increased price," said Frank Cabri, vice president of marketing and product management for FaceTime. "We're providing SurfControl, Websense and other Web filtering customers a higher value alterative that extends their Web filtering budget to also secure and manage Web 2.0, social networks, instant messaging, Skype and other real-time applications."

Analyst experts indicate that a Secure Web Gateway must filter unwanted software and malware from user-initiated Web and Internet traffic and enforce corporate and regulatory policy compliance. To achieve this goal, secure Web gateways must, at a minimum, include URL filtering, malicious-code detection and filtering, and application controls for popular Web-based applications such as instant messaging (IM) and Skype.

This program extends a company's Web or URL filtering budget to include this much-needed security and management of real-time communications that are proliferating throughout enterprise networks. In addition, FaceTime's solution provides deep compliance protection to meet regulatory and corporate requirements, including logging, archiving and easy retrieval of the content of instant messages and their attachments over both public IM networks and Enterprise IM and Unified Communications platforms, as well as Web conferencing text conversations. More information about receiving a quote for the upgrade is at http://www.facetime.com/forms/surfquote_request.aspx

According to the 2007 survey Greynets in the Enterprise: Third Annual Survey of Trends, Attitudes and Impact, conducted by NewDiligence Research and commissioned by FaceTime, 87 percent of IT managers believe their network firewalls are controlling and securing the instant messaging traffic traversing their networks, and 44 percent believe that desktop firewalls will do the job. For a copy of the full report see http://www.facetime.com/solutions/greynets.aspx

"The truth is, real-time communications protocols that are at the root of the new Internet are notorious for circumventing legacy Internet firewall technology, and simple URL filtering isn't enough," said Cabri. "These protocols behave differently than standard HTTP traffic, requiring more specific security and management controls to enable their productive use while insuring that the network is protected against inbound threats as well as outbound information leakage."

About FaceTime's Unified Security Gateway

The FaceTime Unified Security Gateway (USG) is a secure Web gateway appliance that enables enterprises to control real-time communications. USG integrates management, security and compliance of Web communications, consumer-driven greynet applications such as public IM, Skype and P2P, and enterprise-class Unified Communications suites such as Microsoft's Office Communications Server and IBM Lotus Sametime. From a single platform, organizations can enable and enforce safe and productive use of these applications and protect the network against inbound malware, mitigate information leakage risks, and insure corporate, regulatory and e-discovery needs are met.

The USG integrates gateway malware protection and Web filtering with FaceTime's best-in-class IM hygiene and archiving, in a purpose-built, hardened appliance. With this single point of control, organizations can gain complete visibility of all Internet communications and reduce total cost of ownership using a simpler solution that is easily administered by the IT staff.

The USG provides:

--  Single point of control - for all web and real-time communications
    lowers operational costs and simplifies administration
    
--  Better value - extend existing budget to cover both URL filtering and
    emerging applications such as IM, P2P and Skype
    
--  Security and performance - validated by respected industry
    publications and test labs, only FaceTime provides a platform that combines
    the highest efficacy with fastest performance
    
--  Compliance - log, archive and retrieve IM, file transfers and other
    activity to meet regulatory and e-Discovery requirements
    

About FaceTime Communications

FaceTime Communications enables the safe and productive use of instant messaging, Web usage and Unified Communications platforms. Ranked number one by IDC for four consecutive years, FaceTime's award-winning solutions are used by more than 900 customers -- including nine of the 10 largest U.S. banks -- for security, management and compliance of real-time communications. FaceTime supports or has strategic partnerships with all leading public and enterprise IM network providers, including AOL, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Skype, IBM, Reuters, and Jabber.

FaceTime is headquartered in Belmont, California. For more information visit http://www.facetime.com or call 888-349-FACE.

FaceTime, FaceTime Communications, IMAuditor, RTGuardian, GEM, Facetime Enterprise Edition, FaceTime Security Labs, IMPact Index, SpywareGuide.com and the FaceTime logo are registered trademarks and trademarks of FaceTime Communications, Inc. Other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact Information

  • FaceTime Contact:
    Emily Chamberlin
    A&R Edelman
    650-762-2945
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