SOURCE: St. Bernard

February 25, 2008 13:20 ET

St. Bernard Launches Industry's First Hybrid Security Solution, Combining Appliances With On-Demand Services

Also Updates iPrism Web Filter Solution to Include Anti-Virus

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - February 25, 2008) - St. Bernard Software, Inc. (OTCBB: SBSW), a leader in Web security appliances and pioneer of Hybrid secure content management solutions, today announced the launch of its industry-first Hybrid security solution, iPrism Instant Messaging (IM) Filter, the first IM filtering solution delivered on a Hybrid platform that integrates on-premises appliance and on-demand services. Also announced was iPrism Web Filter 6.0, which now includes high-performance network anti-virus (AV) and anti-spyware as a standard feature. This enhancement protects end-users from the rapidly increasing dangers of infected Web sites by blocking 'drive-by downloads' and malware from penetrating an organization's network.

With iPrism IM Filter, St. Bernard is delivering the first of its planned suite of Hybrid secure content management solutions, which offer organizations the control of an on-premises appliance combined with the scalability of on-demand services. iPrism IM Filter takes advantage of the company's new h-Series appliances' processing power to do deep packet inspection, ensuring 100% compliance with corporate messaging policies.

"As the security industry continues to consolidate and organizations seek all-in-one providers, we've seen an increase in demand for vendors to provide a mix of on-premise and on-demand security," said Brian Burke, program director of IDC's Security Products service. "St. Bernard is a pioneer in bringing hybrid security solutions to market, identifying and solving an IT pain point as businesses struggle with which deployment method best matches their current and future network set-up."

iPrism IM Filter supports, monitors and filters employee use of major IM protocols, enabling content filtering and file transfer blocking to enforce corporate Acceptable Usage Policies (AUPs). It also provides disclaimers that alert internal and external users their conversations are being monitored, encouraging responsible communication. Additional features include:

--  Custom notifications: Companies can select who to notify when IM
    policy violations occur, administering an organization's AUP and helping to
    modify user behavior
--  File-transfer blocking: Ability to prevent all file transfers or only
    those above a certain size, protecting organizations and networks from data
    leakage and congestion
--  Content filtering: IT managers can block specific words and phrases
    that are customizable, also helping to adhere to a company's AUP
--  Anti-virus protection: Adds another layer of protection to protect a
    company's network from viruses via IM traffic
    

iPrism Web Filter 6.0 with built-in anti-virus goes a step above desktop AV by providing protection at the perimeter. iPrism Web Filter scans Web site content and blocks malware, enabling organizations to safeguard themselves from Internet-based viruses and spyware. This is increasingly important as Web pages are becoming a top target for viruses, with Google estimating that 10% of URLs are infected with malicious content(1). In combination with its proprietary iGuard® database, St. Bernard's AV for Web filtering offers high performance perimeter protection from malware / viruses, spyware and phishing, and is provided to customers at no extra cost.

"As a long-time iPrism customer, I didn't think there was much that St. Bernard could do to improve upon iPrism," said Marc Ludwig, systems engineer at Poway Unified School District. "iPrism Web Filter 6.0 on the new h-Series platform exceeds my expectations and requirements for supporting 7,000 workstations with high-bandwidth filtering. Once my policies are set, iPrism provides nearly hands-free management. iPrism 6.0 not only includes virus filtering at no additional cost, but also gives us the ability to filter instant messaging -- another way of protecting the school from online threats."

"With the launch of iPrism IM Filter, we are the first security vendor to deliver new and measurable value to the market through a true Hybrid secure content management platform," said Vince Rossi, president and CEO at St. Bernard. "Our Hybrid security solutions leverage the control advantages of an on-premises appliance with the flexibility and scalability of on-demand services, providing capabilities that are truly unique in the industry. As we continue to build upon this platform, we believe we are leading the evolution to Hybrid software delivery and management."

iPrism IM Filter and iPrism Web Filter 6.0 will be available in March 2008. Existing iPrism Web Filter customers can upgrade at no cost. Pricing for all iPrism solutions includes a one-time hardware cost and a one-, two- or three-year subscription fee based on the number of users. More information about iPrism Hybrid security solutions can be found at http://www.stbernard.com/products/iprism/overview.asp, by calling 1-800-782-3762 or by contacting one of St. Bernard's authorized resellers.

About St. Bernard

St. Bernard is the world's only Hybrid Security solutions provider. St. Bernard offers a full suite of Hybrid Security solutions that integrate on-premises appliances with on-demand services to protect corporate networks from online threats, enforce acceptable use policies and archive messages.

St. Bernard's suite of iPrism® solutions -- iPrism Email Filter, iPrism Web Filter, iPrism IM Filter and iPrism Message Archive -- deliver secure content management with the control of an appliance combined with the scalability of a hosted service. St. Bernard's iPrism solutions prevent Internet threats such as spam, viruses, spyware and phishing from entering corporate networks across all electronic communications: email, IM and Web. For more information, please visit www.stbernard.com

©2008 St. Bernard Software Inc. All rights reserved. The St. Bernard Software logo, LivePrism, iPrism, and iGuard are trademarks of St. Bernard Software Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are hereby acknowledged.

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(1) Google, April 2007 http://www.usenix.org/event/hotbots07/tech/full_papers/provos/provos.pdf

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