secure computing announces partnership with blackspide

By | December 8, 2005

BlackSpider Technologies, Europe´s fastest growing security services company, has chosen Secure Computing´s SmartFilter as the technology behind its newly-launched WebDefence fully managed web filtering service. SmartFilter has been selected because, “it has the most extensive and rapidly updated URL database on the market,” according to John Cheney, BlackSpider´s CEO.

WebDefence is the only managed web filtering service that has been specifically designed to integrate closely with a mail filtering service – BlackSpider MailControl. As a result, customers can manage email and web policies from a single online portal.

“The convergence of email and web as attack vectors has heightened the need for an integrated solution that protects against blended threats,” says Cheney. “By using SmartFilter technology for the WebDefence part of our solution we are providing our customers with the best on the market; a reliable, well-proven technology that offers defence against both external attack and abuse of the internet by employees.”

BlackSpider carried out a thorough evaluation of all web filtering technology available and decided on SmartFilter primarily because of its SmartFilter Control List. This is an industry-leading database of many millions of websites organised into different categories for flexible policy enforcement options.

The database is continually screened and updated by Secure Computing´s team of highly-experienced web analysts who use a combination of automated tools and multilingual skills to review websites in over 60 languages. This ensures that defences are updated in real-time and threats are scanned from the largest possible body of data.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with such a dynamic, successful company that´s really making its mark on the IT security sector,” says Andy Philpott, Secure Computing vice-president EMEA. “Secure Computing has extensive experience as an OEM supplier and we are very pleased to be extending the reach of SmartFilter in this way.”

About BlackSpider Technologies

BlackSpider Technologies ( ) is Europe´s fastest-growing security services company. Its award-winning MailControl email security services give complete protection against email viruses, spam and inappropriate content as well as encrypting email for securing extended enterprise communications. In October 2005 BlackSpider launched WebDefence, a web filtering service which protects against web threats such as viruses, spyware and phishing as well as controlling employee web access. When combined, these integrated services provide multi-tier defence against the blended threats that present today´s greatest communications security risk.

BlackSpider´s MailControl and WebDefence services require no software or hardware and combine leading-edge technology with a world-class infrastructure and 24 x 7 coverage. Customers choosing BlackSpider enjoy demonstrably higher levels of protection; retain full control of their security policies whilst at the same time realising significant cost savings against managing alternative solutions in-house.

BlackSpider delivers security services to companies including LogicaCMG, Atkins, Misys, Eversheds, Johnson Matthey and Panasonic Mobile.

About Secure Computing

Secure Computing (NASDAQ: SCUR) has been securing the connections between people and information for over 20 years. Specialising in delivering solutions that secure these connections, Secure Computing is uniquely qualified to be the global security solutions provider to organizations of all sizes. Our more than 14,000 global customers, supported by a worldwide network of partners, include the majority of the Dow Jones Global 50 Titans and the most prominent organisations in banking, financial services, healthcare, telecommunications, manufacturing, public utilities, and federal and local governments. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has sales offices worldwide. For more information, see

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