Network Interceptor offers SMBs enterprise level protection

Proxy appliance provider Blue Coat Systems has introduced what it claims is the industry’s first anti-spyware appliance for networks with up to 750 PCs - offering enterprise level security technology to smaller companies across the region.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  June 25, 2005

Proxy appliance provider Blue Coat Systems has introduced what it claims is the industry’s first anti-spyware appliance for networks with up to 750 PCs - offering enterprise level security technology to smaller companies across the region. The company’s ‘Spyware Interceptor’ product has been designed to offer IT administrators an easy-to-deploy anti-spyware appliance that prevents spyware using proven proxy technology. The release uses Blue Coat’s proprietary SCOPE (Spyware Control Proxy Engine) technology to stop both known and unknown forms of spyware at the gateway before it can infect desktop computers. Aimed squarely at small and medium size organisations, Blue Coat reckons its new tool can help firms prevent spyware at an earlier stage than having to depend solely on what it claims are less-effective desktop anti-spyware tools such as Adaware or Microsoft’s AntiSpyware. Spyware Interceptor automatically updates its spyware profiles, policies, and prevention techniques daily without any administrator involvement, while the system’s SCOPE technology uses ten different methods of preventing known and unknown spyware at the gateway. “The most effective enterprise spyware prevention requires a gateway-based defense powered by high-performance proxy technology,” said Steve Mullaney, vice president of marketing for Blue Coat. “Blue Coat is the first to offer small and medium size organisations a highly-affordable proxy-based anti-spyware appliance that prevents spyware from infecting desktop computers.” Despite Spyware Interceptor being targeted at SMBs, it seems likely its starting price of $2,295 (plus its additional licence costs, which start from $695 for 100 PCs) will see it appeal to security-savvy mid-market organisations more than typical small business set-ups. Spyware Interceptor is being sold through Blue Coat’s regional channel partners.

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