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Webroot Adds Vulnerability Scanning to Cloud-Based Web Security Service

New Features Enhance Cloud-based Web Security Service from Antispyware Pioneer

Boulder, CO – May 4, 2010

Webroot, a leading provider of Internet security for the consumer, enterprise and SMB markets, today introduced the industry’s first vulnerability scanner delivered in the cloud as part of a Web security software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. The new service offers weekly and monthly tests for more than 400 common vulnerabilities found in the operating system, Web browsers, browser plug-ins, Microsoft Office and its components, media players, instant messaging software and various third-party solutions - the most common ways Web-based malware is delivered to business and consumer computers.

The new feature is included in the Webroot® Web Security Service. By inspecting applications and analyzing them via the cloud, the Webroot service can automatically and efficiently identify threats and vulnerabilities as well as identify missing patches. The service is linked to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Vulnerability Database, ensuring the latest threats are included in the scan.

"Having vulnerability scanning added to the award-winning Webroot Web Security Service is a real winner," said Bob Stevens, owner and president, Blended Systems, a Webroot channel partner in metro Atlanta. "I can now offer an even more effective tool to customers with no impact on user performance."

Also included in the update is a new layer of antispyware detection. In addition to monitoring outbound traffic from a system, Webroot now automatically analyzes the processes running on the user's computer. This additional layer of protection ensures that threats are identified before they have a chance to spread. The service tests for more than 3,500 known malicious programs today and is continually updated for the latest threats.

Webroot's vulnerability scanning takes less than 15 seconds and leverages the cloud for up-to-date vulnerabilities and spyware definitions to help ensure endpoints are secure. Focusing on the programs most susceptible to malicious attacks, a lightweight scan at the endpoint uploads process information to the cloud, where Webroot identifies vulnerabilities and centralizes results in a Web-based management portal. Administrators can search and sort by machine, user, type of scan and number of vulnerabilities and then drill down to view information about each machine or threat.

"Organizations are finding that vulnerability assessments that are mired on the desktop are becoming more burdensome and less effective," said Gerhard Eschelbeck, chief technology officer, Webroot. "Leveraging the cloud, we're enabling organizations to aggressively monitor their IT infrastructure without worrying about its affect on user productivity, and with much better protection than traditional solutions."

This addition to the Webroot Web Security Service is now available through Webroot channel partners as well as to direct customers.

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Webroot® is the market leader in cloud-based, real-time internet threat detection for consumers, businesses and enterprises. We have revolutionized internet security to protect all the ways users connect online. Webroot delivers real-time advanced internet threat protection to customers through its BrightCloud® security intelligence platform, and its SecureAnywhere™ suite of cloud-based security products for endpoints, mobile devices and corporate networks. Over 7 million consumers, 1.5 million business users and 1.3 million mobile users are protected by Webroot. Market-leading security companies, including Cisco, F5 Networks, GateProtect, HP, Microsoft, Palo Alto Networks, Proofpoint, RSA and others choose Webroot to provide advanced Internet threat protection for their products and services. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Colorado, Webroot operates globally across North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information on our products and services, visit