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Initiative launched to secure Web 2.0

Secure Computing Corporation : 04 October, 2007  (New Product)
Next generation web threats the subject of new SWAT initiative launched by Secure Computing.
Secure Computing Corporation has unveiled the company's new "SWAT" Initiative for protecting organisations from Web 2.0-related threats carried in Web and messaging protocols. The "Secure Web 2.0 Anti-Threat" initiative is an intensive effort to provide corporations with informative research, tools, solutions and best practices vital for companies evaluating--or re-evaluating--their approach to Web and messaging security. At its core, the initiative is aimed at identifying and highlighting the essential components required to provide the best possible protection for businesses operating in a Web 2.0 environment and beyond. Research, resource and solution information related to SWAT can be found on the SWAT website.

Based on in-depth analysis of typical network policies and security architectures, a commissioned study from Forrester Consulting focused on determining how companies are responding to employee Web and messaging use, and global threat data from, Secure Computing has identified the core security components and architecture necessary to effectively combat Web 2.0 threats. The company's objective is to exploit its security expertise and ongoing research to help businesses implement a proactive security architecture that can protect their environments as existing Web and messaging threats increase and new threats arise.

"Today's Web environment provides a vastly improved user experience and access to information due to the rapid adoption of Web 2.0 technologies like AJAX, XML and RDF," said Atri Chatterjee, senior vice president at Secure Computing. "However, as in other technological innovations before it, Web 2.0 technologies have also led to new vulnerabilities and new techniques for compromising corporate networks and data. Unfortunately, our research bears out that company's simply aren't doing enough today. Most organisations are not adequately protected; their users are insufficiently trained on using these technologies; and they are spending large sums of money recovering from attacks. Our initiative aims to provide information and resources that help organisations understand the evolving threat environment and take steps to proactively protect themselves."

Through research, analysis, and years of experience as the leader in security for the Internet gateway, Secure Computing has identified the key requirements for addressing enterprise Web security. The following capabilities are absolutely essential for protecting against existing and future threats when conducting business in the evolving Web environment:.

1 Proactive real-time reputation-based Web and messaging filtering for all domains--even those not yet categorised.

2 Anti-malware protection utilising real-time, local "intent-based" analysis of code to protect against unknown threats, as well as signature-based, anti-malware protection for known threats.

3 Bi-directional filtering and application control at the gateway for all Web traffic including Web protocols from HTTP, to IM, including encrypted traffic.

4 Data leakage protection on all key Web and messaging protocols.

5 Security aware proxies and caches.

6 Design for layering of defences with minimal number of proven and secured devices.

7 Robust management and audit reporting tools for all Web and messaging protocols, services and solutions including filtering, malware, caching, etc.

The SWAT initiative is driving Secure Computing's next-generation Web and messaging gateway appliance development. The recently announced Webwasher Web gateway security solution includes the following key features:.

* Proactive intent-based anti-malware protection that has been repeatedly rated number one in numerous tests.

* Reputation-based filtering using Secure Computing's unique TrustedSource technology.

* SSL scanning of all Web traffic to ensure that neither malicious content enters the corporate network nor sensitive data leaves the corporate network by being encrypted.

* High-performance secure caching that ensures that the appliance provides consistently high throughput of Web traffic without compromising its ability to stop zero-day malware threats.

As part of its commitment to continue to evolve its Web and messaging products to better thwart Web 2.0 attacks and beyond, Secure Computing is also providing its customers and partners with a roadmap that includes support for additional protocols, unified policy and management across multiple remote appliances and integration with external systems in the enterprise.
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