VirtualConnect Technologies, Inc., the providers of Mailprotector, the managed email security service, today announced that it has partnered with ScanSafe Inc., the global leader in managed Web security, to offer its customers ScanSafe’s Web Filtering, Spyware Screening, Web Virus and IM Control solutions.
“Securing the Web and IM from viruses, spyware, adware and unwanted content is a critical security concern for all businesses,” said David Setzer, president, VirtualConnect, “However, the options available to small and medium-sized organizations to take control of this crucial aspect of their network security have been limited. By partnering with ScanSafe, the company that pioneered managed Web security, we’re now able to provide our SMB customers with the best available Web Security and IM control in a managed service that’s easy to deploy and affordable.”
According to the SANS institute, the average lifetime of an unprotected PC on the Internet is 30 minutes. The ScanSafe Threat Center reported a 265 percent increase in malware in the first quarter of 2006 and a 214 percent increase in spyware “calling home.” The ePolicy institute recently reported that 35 percent of employees use IM at work but only 31 percent of organizations have an IM policy in place.
“Web and IM threats are a significant pain point for businesses worldwide,” said Roy Tuvey, president, ScanSafe. “As a managed service, ScanSafe solutions remove this pain point by eliminating malware and unwanted content before it reaches the corporate network, freeing internal IT resources to focus on projects more directly related to a business’ core competency.”
Offered as a fully managed service, the solutions require no hardware, maintenance or upfront capital costs and deliver real-time protection from threats. ScanSafe services increase productivity, reduce bandwidth utilization and offer a lower total cost of ownership than hardware or software solutions. The service can be rapidly deployed and is delivered through scalable, high-performance, Internet-level processing centers, ensuring that customers can perform URL filtering and malware scanning in real-time, so users experience no latency. In addition, ScanSafe provides businesses with easy-to-use tools to create, enforce and monitor Web and IM use policy.
At the heart of ScanSafe’s threat protection is its patent-pending Outbreak IntelligenceTM proactive heuristics technology, which provides protection from inbound and outbound threats, including zero-hour threats—threats that appear before a signature is available. This is coupled with leading third party anti-virus engines providing truly multi-layered protection against malware and unwanted content.
“We’ve been impressed with VirtualConnect’s understanding of and reach into the SMB market space and we’re pleased it will now be making ScanSafe services available to its growing number of direct customers and VAR partners,” Tuvey said.
“We’ve built Mailprotector’s reputation on a commitment to provide enterprise-quality email security at a price that SMBs can afford,” said Setzer. “We’re now pleased to expand this commitment into the Web Security space as well.”