SOURCE: Secure Computing

September 04, 2007 08:00 ET

Secure Computing's SmartFilter Protects Milton Town School District Students From Internet Threats

Intelligent Policy-Based URL Filtering Solution Blocks Objectionable Content While Allowing Access to Educational Sites

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - September 4, 2007) - Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), a leading enterprise gateway security company, today announced that Milton Town School District has selected the company's SmartFilter®, Bess Edition to safeguard its students from inappropriate and malicious Internet content. The award-winning URL-filtering solution allows users at the Vermont schools to access educational content while restricting access to offensive sites, and also protects the district's network from potentially dangerous files.

"Secure Computing's SmartFilter does a superb job of filtering out the pages that are deemed 'undesirable' by our policy-makers, without using a 'sledgehammer' approach," reported Fred Wadlington, Milton Town School District IT systems administrator.

SmartFilter's flexible filtering technology allows for the level of protection to be adjusted depending on whether the user is a student or faculty member, and can even apply different filters based on the age of the student. Because Secure Computing designed Bess Edition specifically for schools and libraries, it also includes a unique "Exempt" feature that allows access to sites that fit into a particular category, even if they would otherwise be blocked. As a result, SmartFilter can prevent access to specific categories, for example "nudity," unless it appears in a health or educational context.

SmartFilter also helps Milton Town School District comply with the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). "We intentionally designed Bess Edition to be CIPA-compliant," explained Tim Roddy, director of product marketing for Secure Computing. "Such compliance enables school districts to qualify for discounted Internet Service and computer equipment, and increases the overall return on investment."

Thanks to SmartFilter's automatic updates, Milton Town School District is protected against new or modified sites slipping past the gateway. "I will read emails from IT staff at other schools that are lamenting the fact that students have discovered another proxy site which bypasses the filter for their school," added Wadlington. "Whenever I check the site, it's already been recognized by SmartFilter and blocked, without any intervention from me or other staff. You can't put a price on peace of mind."

In fact, SmartFilter requires very little day-to-day monitoring or maintenance. As a result, it frees up systems administrators to focus on critical projects. "Now, the only administration I have to do is creating or deleting new user accounts," said Wadlington. "The updates are provided automatically by Secure Computing, and I very seldom have anyone complain to me that they weren't able to access a site they needed."

Wadlington concluded, "Milton Town School District uses SmartFilter because it's reliable, effective and demonstrates results."

About Milton Town School District

Milton Town School District serves the community of Milton, Vermont, a town of 9,500 about 15 miles north of Burlington. It includes two separate buildings: Milton Elementary School, with approximately 1100 students in grades Pre-K through 6th grade, and Milton Junior/Senior High School with approximately 800 students in 7th through 12th grade. The district employs 300 faculty and staff and utilizes a network of approximately 800 computers.

About Secure Computing:

Secure Computing (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 20,000 global customers in 106 countries, supported by a worldwide network of more than 2,300 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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This press release contains forward-looking statements concerning the anticipated relationship between Secure Computing and Milton Town School District and their use of SmartFilter, and such statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements are delays in product development, undetected software errors or bugs, competitive pressures, technical difficulties, changes in customer requirements, general economic conditions and the risk factors detailed from time to time in Secure Computing's periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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