CacheFlow Makes Security Shift

In a change of strategic direction toward securing Web-enabled businesses CacheFlow Inc. , the Sunnyville, Calif.-based provider of secure content networking solutions, today made several product, technology, and partnership announcements relating to its new focus on cornering the estimated $1.4 billion security gateway market.

The emerging market opportunity is being driven by enterprise that require more security and control for their web security infrastructure — beyond the traditional firewalls, proxy servers and caching devices.

CacheFlow says that in leveraging its existing investments in web and security infrastructure, its new CacheFlow Security Gateway technologies will help businesses increase web security and reduce management and administration costs.

Customers will be able to used the family of products to deploy web security applications such as authorization management, content filtering, web usage monitoring, virus scanning, content security, and network bandwidth protection.

“Our new strategy and products address what we believe is a new layer of security infrastructure for web applications that blends policy-based security and protection functionality with the traditional control of the proxy server and the content acceleration of the cache,” says Brian NeSmith, CacheFlow president and chief executive officer.

“CacheFlow has brought together the right mix of policy-based security and manageability to help us reduce risk in our Internet infrastructure,” says Greg Johnson, vice president, Information Technology for CacheFlow customer, AON Insurance.

“As a result of the CacheFlow Security Gateway, we’ve been able to effectively control Internet access, confidently deploy reliable web services, and enable our organization to act rapidly to limit our exposure from threats such as nimda,” he continues.

Says Lucinda Borovick, director, IDC: “CacheFlow has gained a great deal of experience over the past several years in deploying scalable, secure content delivery solutions for the web.”

The related news, CacheFlow today also announced the availability of several new products and extended partnerships:

  • CacheFlow introduced four new products offering web security for enterprises: CacheFlow Security Gateway, Visual Policy Manager, CacheFlow Reporter, and cIQ Director 2.0.
  • CacheFlow extended its partnership with Secure Computing through integrating SmartFilter v3 Web filtering on-box, enabling new category-based synergies with the Security Gateway security policy architecture.
  • CacheFlow announced interoperability with leading virus-scanning software from Symantec and Trend Micro. The CacheFlow Security Gateway uses the standards-based Internet Content Adaptation Protocol (ICAP), as an integral part of an enterprise security infrastructure to control viruses over web protocols.

    CacheFlow first introduced its Content Delivery Network (CDN) for enterprises in May, 2001 competing with players including Akamai Inc., Digital Island and Inktomi Corp.

    The firm’s shift towards a security focus is well-timed says Borovick: “The concept of integrating critical network elements of security, control and performance is exciting given the continued adoption of web applications and services.”

    The complete portfolio of CacheFlow Security Solutions will be available in March, 2002 through CacheFlow and its global network of channel partners.

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