Aladdin Knowledge Systems has announced its Aladdin eSafe gateway-based content security solution now offers enhanced AppliFilter features that allow organizations to block file sharing in Instant Message (IM) applications.
IM file transfers stand as a fast-growing threat, serving as one of the major vulnerabilities in organizations’ Internet security. Phishing attacks, spam, spyware, viruses and worms are now commonly transferred through seemingly harmless IM use within the enterprise.
Aladdin eSafe’s AppliFilter allows organizations to continue using convenient text messaging applications while gaining assurance that potentially dangerous file transfers are blocked. With the deployment of eSafe’s new AppliFilter rules, organizations gain significant Internet protection through powerful identification and blocking features that instantly halt the transfer of files that may contain malicious code, pirated content or confidential data. AppliFilter assesses ICQ/AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger, Windows Messenger and Yahoo Messenger traffic at the gateway, easily identifying IM protocols while in transit. eSafe is also the only solution that can effectively block Skype, a popular IP telephony and instant messaging application considered to be a security breach in many organizations.
“One of the main vectors for malware in instant messaging has always been file transferring,” said Matt Anderson, Market Analyst at The Radicati Group. “Through AppliFilter, organizations can benefit from the increased productivity that IM platforms offer, without the risk of infection through rogue file transfers.”
“The enhanced AppliFilter inside Aladdin eSafe gives organizations the best of both worlds – added security and continued efficiency through the uninterrupted use of IM applications,” said Shimon Gruper, vice president of technology for the Aladdin eSafe Business Unit. “Many organizations rely on IM applications just as they rely on email. Aladdin answers this need to continue its use while maximizing security – the cornerstone of eSafe innovation.”
The newly enhanced AppliFilter rules are automatically available to all eSafe 5 customers through Aladdin’s advanced, secure eSafe Care update system. Aladdin eSafe customers with subscriptions to the eSafe Care service can activate IM File Transfer blocking rules immediately.