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SurfControl Tackles Spyware

SurfControl announced plans to join the growing enterprise anti-spyware market early next month when it starts shipping software to businesses trying to keep unwanted programs off corporate desktops.

The Scotts Valley, Calif.-based company, a provider of messaging security services that operates a global network of 19 centers to analyze e-mail traffic to identify scams, spam, viruses and other types of malicious content, said SurfControl Enterprise Threat Shield will thwart spyware and malware threats at the corporate level.

"Our unified approach to Internet security is essential for complete protection as threats now blend multiple methods of attack and propagation to render conventional security measures obsolete. With the addition of Enterprise Threat Shield, we are leveraging our strong legacy in Web and e-mail filtering to bring a true enterprise-class spyware solution to customers," Steve Purdham, SurfControl's CEO, said.

Microsoft, McAfee and Trend Micro and Symantec all have released similar products in recent months.

The Enterprise Threat Shield will fit into vendor's Enterprise Protection Suite and will cost $30 per user annually in deployments of 100 users. The price drops to $17 per user annually for a 1,000-user installation, John Murphy, SurControl's vice president of marketing, said.

The software is designed to block malware at the enterprise administration level and act at a gateway to detect and remove spyware before it has a chance to install itself on desktop clients, Jim Murphy, product marketing manager at SurfControl, said.

The announcement comes one month after SurfControl acquired the enterprise spyware and extended threat protection technology from Apreo. The $6.8 million deal for Apreo, an innovator of technologies that control file and application distribution to secure enterprise networks, played a vital role in the upcoming release.

"Today we sit at the forefront of preventing Internet threats from impacting customers. SurfControl has evolved as an Internet security company, helping businesses solve the security problems they face today while preparing them for the challenges we see on the horizon," Purdham said.

SurfControl Enterprise Threat Shield enables enterprises and resellers to prevent the introduction of spyware to corporate desktops. The software can be custom-programmed to adapt and respond to new threats on the fly, according to Jim Murphy.

The Enterprise Threat Shield has four layers of scanning including WriteWatch, which monitors file activity in real-time, stopping malicious files before they infect users' machines. It also includes centralized deployment and reporting; comprehensive and customizable databases and flexible policy administration.