SOURCE: Metavize

July 11, 2005 09:00 ET

Metavize Announces Availability of Spyware Blocker, Integrated Firewall and Network Sharing Functionality to EdgeGuard Gateway Security Platform

Demonstrates True Expandability of the First All-in-One UTM Appliance Designed to Effectively Combat Today's Blended Attacks as Well as Tomorrow's Evolving Threats

SAN MATEO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 11, 2005 -- Metavize, Inc., an emerging leader in next generation integrated gateway security for small- to medium-sized businesses, today announced the availability of the latest software update to the EdgeGuard Gateway Security Platform, adding new security features such as Spyware Blocker, Firewall and Network Sharing. These features are now directly available to all current Metavize customers to purchase and download from the online store on EdgeGuard's management screen.

Metavize was able to integrate these features within a month after EdgeGuard's early adopters requested them. The ability to quickly deliver new applications via a software-based platform is unique to Metavize and based on patent-pending technological advances. True expandability is crucial in protecting the network from the rapid proliferation of malicious attacks; the vulnerabilities created by Internet connectivity have allowed threats to evolve from being relatively harmless to capable of compromising the integrity of corporate networks, applications and data, thereby severely impacting the productivity of businesses and individuals.

"Metavize promised to simplify my network security environment with a reliable, all-in-one box," said Dave Milliner, IT director at Huggins Actuarial Services, Inc., "and they delivered. The EdgeGuard appliance was very easy to set up, and has replaced both my firewall and NAT boxes. The remote administration allows me to manage all of my network security applications from a single appliance, which saves me lots of time. Most importantly, we are now proactively stopping spam and spyware at the network level, which complements our host-based solutions and provides me with greater peace of mind."

"Anytime, anywhere access means that perimeter security protection is even more important," according to Gartner analysts Greg Young and John Pescatore in their report titled "Securing the Network Perimeter Is More Important Than Ever." "Edge-of-enterprise security devices provide 'one-to-many' security services and are the first and best line of defense."

"Metavize EdgeGuard is the only product on the market today that combines 'best-of-breed' enterprise-class security applications, ASIC-like acceleration performance, and the flexibility of software into a simple, easy-to-use, expandable platform that effectively protects small- and medium-sized businesses from an increasingly complex multi-threat environment," said Brian R. Dunn, CEO of Metavize. "Our solution has been designed from the ground up to combat new threats as they emerge, and simplify an organization's defense tactics at the same time."

About Metavize EdgeGuard

The EdgeGuard Gateway Security Platform is an all-in-one network security appliance for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). EdgeGuard can be dropped in behind or in place of an existing firewall and easily configured in minutes. A proprietary document-level processing technology and architecture allows integration of best-of-breed point solutions in a single box to protect the network against pervasive threats such as spyware, viruses and spam, and to filter out unwanted URLs and rogue protocols. Its unique design ensures that not only do these point solutions work together on a unified platform today, but new solutions can be quickly added to the platform in response to new security threats.

Current features include:

--  AntiVirus Scanner:  Detects and removes viruses on HTTP, FTP, SMTP,
    IMAP, POP3
--  SpamGuard:  Scans and blocks spam on SMTP, IMAP and POP3
--  Spyware Blocker:  Detects infected hosts and blocks based on cookies,
    Active X and host blocklists
--  Web Content Control:  Blocks inappropriate content (URL filtering),
    and enforces download policy
--  Packet Attack Shield:  Blocks all malformed packet-based attacks
--  Rogue Protocol Control:  Halts unwanted protocols on any port, such as
    instant messaging and peer-to-peer
--  Firewall:  Blocks sessions based on simple yet flexible rules
--  Network Sharing:  Allows all hosts to share Internet access (NAT, DHCP
    and DNS)
--  EdgeReport:  Generates consolidated reports for all Software
Pricing and Availability

EdgeGuard 250 appliance is available now via an authorized network of resellers within the US for $2,995 plus a $1,195 annual subscription and maintenance fee for all the network security applications listed above.

About Metavize

Founded in 2003, Metavize is an emerging leader in next generation integrated gateway security for small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seeking powerful yet simple and easy-to-use security solutions for maintaining business operations and preventing loss of productivity. The EdgeGuard integrated Gateway Security Platform is the first truly expandable, real-time application-level security solution for the network. More information is available at

Contact Information

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    Sherri Chien-Niclas
    Metavize, Inc.
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