Boulder, Colo., June 02, 2008
Webroot, a leading security provider for the consumer, enterprise and SMB markets, today broadened its portfolio of security software delivered as an online service, announcing the release of Webroot® Web Security Software as a Service (SaaS) and an enhanced version of Webroot E-Mail Security SaaS for advanced content filtering, data leakage prevention and compliance.
Webroot Web Security SaaS is the company’s latest innovation in security and protects both on-site and mobile employees from viruses, spyware and other malware attacks, while ensuring appropriate employee Web usage. With Webroot Security SaaS solutions, businesses now have access to enterprise-class security with better manageability, better value and better protection than any other perimeter security option available today.
"The Internet and remote network access are essential to employee productivity yet 85 percent of all malware infections now come from the Web and only 15 percent of businesses are adequately secured against malware threats and employee misuse," said Mike Irwin, COO, Webroot. "The mobile workforce is expected to grow to over one billion employees globally by the year 2011 and organizations of all sizes need to rethink how they protect their network and their employees. Filtering and scanning Internet traffic in the cloud ensures businesses receive more effective protection that is easier to manage than appliances and server-based software solutions."
Webroot today also announced the latest release of Webroot E-Mail Security SaaS which includes new content monitoring & filtering capabilities that provide more control over inbound and outbound email messages and help prevent data leaks and enforce acceptable usage policies.
"A recent IDC survey found that Web security has the highest planned adoption rate over the next 18 months in SMBs (100-999 employee size)," said Brian Burke, program director, IDC. "We believe there are many business and technical benefits for SMBs to consider SaaS as part of their security infrastructure. A multi-layered security architecture provides a higher degree of security and addresses more security requirements compared to a single deployment model."
Webroot Web Security SaaS is a hosted solution that is managed and updated "in the cloud" and requires no additional hardware, software or personnel resources. Webroot Web Security SaaS routes all Internet traffic through Webroot’s global data centers where it is scanned and filtered for threats and unwanted content while enforcing organizational policies and increasing employee productivity.
The service is fully customizable and features access control, threat protection, content control, URL filtering, detailed logging and real time reporting. Once deployed, all Web requests are scanned for viruses and spyware; users are controlled as to where, when and what they can access; and unwanted file downloading, such as music and video files, can be prevented with granular user and group controls.
With Webroot Web Security SaaS, businesses are protected against all Web-based threats including viruses, malware, and spyware, employee productivity is increased, and acceptable usage policies enforced through category-based and customizable URL filtering. The power and the flexibility of the solution give businesses the ability to manage their policies down to the individual level and to protect mobile users.
"Since implementing Webroot Web Security SaaS in the summer of 2007, we have much better visibility, control and management of our Internet use," said Neil Prevett, Director of IT and Communications, Lester Aldridge LLP. "For a law firm, it's absolutely critical to block Web-based viruses that could jeopardize sensitive client information and it’s equally important for us to ensure our team has access to the business-critical information online, while minimizing non-business activity that ties up bandwidth and affects system performance. Webroot’s technology enables us to do both. It's easy to set up, configure and use, making it a very valuable tool in the fight against Internet-based threats and the policing of policies. It is certainly the best Web security solution we have used to date."
Webroot Web Security SaaS is available now for purchase in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Asia Pacific region exclusively through Webroot channel partners.
Webroot today also announced the latest release of Webroot E-Mail Security SaaS which includes advanced tools for monitoring and enforcing inbound and outbound email content, helping businesses enforce acceptable usage policies, incorporate best practices, and prevent leaks of sensitive or confidential information. The new features also assist in compliance with financial and medical regulations such as the GLBA, PCI/DSS, HIPPA, and state data privacy and breach notification laws.
The new capabilities scan, detect and apply polices to images and text in inbound and outbound email messages and their attachments. Granular controls allow organizations to manage policies at an organizational, group or user level and enforce policies for content detected in the header or body of email message as well as attachments including compressed or archived files, MS Office documents; PDF files, more than 300 other document types.
Additionally, Webroot E-Mail Security SaaS includes a set of compliance dictionaries that identify e-mail messages which may contain personal financial and medical information before they are sent or received. Predefined polices, regularly updated and maintained by compliance experts, can be used to easily identify common groupings of words and numbers that are found most often in financial and medical information. E-mails that appear to contain this information are flagged and quarantined before they are sent or received.
To learn more about Webroot Web Security SaaS or Webroot E-Mail Security SaaS, visit Webroot's Business Security Solutions. To learn more about becoming a Webroot channel partner, call Webroot at 1-800-870-8102. Webroot Security SaaS solutions are backed by free US-based support that includes 24x7x365 access to a robust knowledge base, toll-free telephone access to a knowledgeable staff, and free product and defense updates for the duration of a subscription.
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