Computer Associates takes integrated approach to Internet nuisances

Computer Associates is set to release its eTrust Secure Content Management package, an integrated security suite that includes web and email filtering, anti-virus protection and security policy management

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By  Mark Sutton Published  July 17, 2003

Computer Associates is aiming to clean up Internet usage, with a new integrated solution to combat viruses, spam and to filter web content. eTrust Secure Content Management combines a number of different functions to protect organisations and ensure that their resources are being used properly.

Analyst company Ferris Research predicts that spam will account for 45% of all email in the USA this year, costing around $9 billion in lost productivity and bandwidth. Organisations are also increasingly concerned about lost productivity due to employees using the Internet for non-work related activities.

“eTrust Secure Content Management will provide organisations with a one stop solution to Internet abuse and significantly improves security at a lower total cost of ownership than the multiple solutions currently available,” said Abdul Karim Riyaz, director - security business partner operations at Computer Associates Middle East (CA-ME).

The eTrust suite combines a number of functions in an integrated solution. Customisable email and web filters can block inappropriate material for each user, dual-engine virus scanning protects against viruses, and a word/string search checks emails to ensure that sensitive or confidential information does not leave the organisation.

The system also allows administrators to automate and roll out Internet and security policies across the organisation, and provides them with reporting on web usage and security events.

“Organisations in the Middle East are increasingly concerned about the amount of time wasted deleting spam messages, unauthorised surfing, viruses, as well as security fears such as sensitive information being leaked to outsiders via email,” said Riyaz. “The integrated approach offered by CA’s eTrust Secure Content Management will help move IT from fire-fighting mode to pro-active risk minimisation. Moreover, it can offload some spam management and web filtering tasks from overburdened IT departments to users.”

CA is offering an introductory offer for eTrust Secure Content Management. The system will be available this autumn, but any customers that have bought eTrust Anti-virus since March can upgrade to the new package once it becomes available, at 50% of the upgrade cost.

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