SOURCE: Secure Computing

June 09, 2008 09:00 ET

Secure Computing Launches Hosted Web Protection Service; Eliminates Costs and Complexity of Traditional Solutions

Secure Web Protection Service Is First to Offer Reputation-Enhanced Filtering and Intent Based Anti-Malware Protection

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2008) - Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), a leading enterprise gateway security company, today announced availability of Secure Web Protection Service -- the industry's first software-as-a-service (SaaS) Web security solution providing reputation-based protection from malware and other Web-borne threats. The new hosted service offers customers the Web security protection they need through a reliable, hassle-free SaaS deployment option. With no applications or hardware to install or deploy, the service provides organizations with immediate and reliable network protection. The service is available now for existing and new North American-based Secure Computing customers and will be rolled out worldwide over the next several quarters.

Until now, companies have been forced to install multiple stand-alone applications or gateway appliances that combine various functions to achieve a truly comprehensive level of security. While organizations need the protection, many don't have the internal staff, budget, or equipment space to maintain and support additional solutions or to explore alternative deployment options. The new Secure Web Protection Service is based on Secure Computing's award winning Secure Web (previously known as Webwasher®) technology and addresses all of the key business issues surrounding Internet use in the workplace: security, organizational compliance, and policy control.

According to leading research firm Gartner Inc.'s report, "Pros and Cons of SaaS Secure Web Gateway Solutions" (by Peter Firstbrook, April 16, 2007), "Organizations with software or appliance gateways tend to be slow in upgrading software to get the latest protections and management features because they lack the time to test and deploy new versions." Moreover, "SaaS SWGs scale linearly without the stepwise incremental cost of new hardware, which is a bonus for growing organizations."

"Increasingly, our clients are looking to us to provide them with a variety of delivery options for receiving best-of-breed Web security protection. Our Secure Web Protection Service incorporates all of the knowledge and experience we've gathered through years of proven Web security and anti-malware protection. In addition, we are able to leverage our extensive hosting experience and infrastructure already in place via our TrustedSource™ reputation service," said Dmitri Alperovitch, Director of Intelligence Analysis and Hosted Security for Secure Computing. "We will continue to invest and develop our core technology to keep pace with evolving security threats."

Secure Web Protection Service includes the following:

--  Reputation-based filtering: Secure Computing has set a new standard
    for proactive detection through our industry-leading reputation system,
    TrustedSource. Relying on extensive knowledge of Internet entities and the
    constantly changing global threat landscape, the TrustedSource network
    enhances Web filtering by identifying potentially malicious behavior and
    enabling organizations to block these threats in real-time.
    
--  Web filtering: By controlling Web access and enforcing Internet use
    policy, organizations can keep Web surfing distractions at bay and increase
    productivity, reduce legal liability, preserve bandwidth for business-
    related activities, and enhance Web security.
    
--  Anti-Malware/Spyware protection: Unlike traditional security solutions
    that rely only on the known viruses or signatures, Secure's Anti-Malware
    protection uses several proactive, intent-based filters to stop today's
    constantly changing Web 2.0 threats.
    
--  Informative reports and dashboards: Informative reports and snapshots
    provide insight into how each business is using the Web and what threats
    have been de-railed via the Secure Web Protection Service.
    
--  Flexible policy manager:  The flexible policy manager allows
    organizations to implement specialized Web policies that work best with the
    needs and demands of each business.  Organizations can select the
    categories to control and even determine which time of day those policies
    will be enforced, enhancing organizational productivity and reducing legal
    liability.
    

With Secure Web protection service, customers will benefit from reduced upfront costs as well as lower continuing costs. Rather than installing, patching, upgrading and maintaining on premises solutions for Web protection, IT administrative staff can be redirected to other mission critical IT needs. Organizations with numerous locations or limited IT resources can quickly appreciate the benefits of simply redirecting Web traffic to a Secure Computing data center and allowing Secure Web Protection Service to manage protection from start to finish.

"Web filtering solutions have evolved from merely acceptable-use enforcement to serious malware defense," said Trent Henry, vice president and research director at Burton Group. "However, not all organizations want to deploy yet another appliance on the network, or they want additional layers of protection. The emergence of hosted web protection brings new options for both."

Additionally, Secure Computing today announced its Secure Hybrid Delivery Architecture for Web security. This new delivery model allows customers to gain access to best-of-breed Web security through solutions that can combine -- in any configuration -- virtualization with managed services and hardware/software-based appliances. The end result is security that (a) best fits into existing infrastructures while setting customers up for future directions and growth, (b) consistently enables the most favorable operational efficiencies, cost and resource reductions, and (c) provides sound deployment options for energy optimization and Green IT.

Companies interested in trying the service can get more information here: http://www.securecomputing.com/goto/swps/eval

About Secure Computing Corporation

Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), a leading provider of enterprise gateway security, delivers a comprehensive set of solutions that help customers protect their critical Web, email and network assets. Over half the Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 are part of our more than 22,000 global customers, supported by a worldwide network of more than 2,000 partners. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has offices worldwide. For more information, see http://www.securecomputing.com.

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