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Real time software as a service web protection.

ScanSafe : 23 January, 2008  (New Product)
Anywhere+ enables full web security independent of location using the software as a service concept.
ScanSafe has announced the availability of Anywhere+ - the world's first ever software-as-a-service (SaaS) Web security providing real-time protection from malware and enforcement of acceptable Internet usage policies for all users surfing the Web regardless of their location.

In an always-on world with an increasingly elastic network perimeter, Web security can now be extended to anywhere users are located. The launch of the patent pending Anywhere+ service allows businesses to seamlessly extend their security policy to hotels, airports, remote offices, homes or anywhere else employees might use their laptops.

According to Gartner's report, Pros and Cons of SaaS Secure Web Gateway (SWG) Solutions,
"The primary advantage of a SaaS SWG is its suitability for the growing population of small office/home office and mobile workers and Internet-based meshed architecture."

Increasing numbers of employees travel for work and/or work remotely outside of traditional office hours. According to data from the Office for National Statistics, more than six million Britons telework from various locations outside the office. In a December 2007 survey of ScanSafe customers worldwide, 95 per cent of respondents reported that at least 10 per cent of their staff worked remotely on a regular basis.

Roaming employees provide a significant challenge to corporate security. Sixty-five per cent of ScanSafe survey respondents reported instances of roaming workers tampering with or disabling security features on their laptop when working remotely. Forty per cent reported they had been hit by a security threat as a result of a roaming worker's use of their laptop in the last 12 months.

"Businesses of all sizes identify remote and roaming workers as one of the biggest weaknesses in their corporate Web security," said Dan Nadir, vice president, product strategy, ScanSafe. "With Anywhere+ it is finally possible to protect remote users wherever they are working without introducing latency, increased support or other administrative headaches.

"Users who surf unprotected while 'on the road' often return with malware-infected laptops that can expose the corporate network to data theft," continues Nadir. "Unfortunately, existing desktop and corporate-deployed solutions fall short of offering full protection. For example, there's a prevailing misconception that a VPN always protects roaming users from Web threats. However, research shows that the majority of the time users do not use the VPN when surfing outside the office, opting instead to connect directly to the Internet.

Anywhere+ is available now to existing ScanSafe users as well as businesses looking to add roaming security capabilities to their existing Web security solution. It is an add-on service with pricing starting at £1.00 per user per month.
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