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URL filtering added to network security product

Cyberoam : 03 July, 2008  (New Product)
Malicious content and web based proxies filtered out from company network access using Cyberoam firmware
Cyberoam, a division of Elitecore Technologies, has announced the availability of advanced network security with the latest version of Cyberoam firmware.

With the current enhancements, Cyberoam offers greater control over user surfing through HTTPS URL filtering and increase in the web database categories to reflect emerging surfing trends. Further, it prevents data leakage and meets regulatory compliance requirements through reporting of HTTP uploads, detection of phone home spyware and multiple syslog server support.

Cyberoam's HTTPS URL Filtering blocks web-based proxies and malicious websites hosted over SSL by categorising the domain names in its site database.

"SSL tunnels hide user activity and result in anonymous surfing," says Abhilash Sonwane, VP-Product Management. "With SSL encrypted traffic comprising a significant percentage of all traffic going through corporate gateways, it can result in a huge security hole in networks as it opens users to SSL-based proxies that bypass most content filtering solutions."

Through Cyberoam, businesses and educational institutions will now be able to block access to unauthorised websites hosted over SSL, protecting them from risks of failing regulatory compliance, data leakage, spread of malicious content and unproductive downloads through web-based proxy sites and applications.

Web usage trends show a significant rise in traffic to radio and TV content online in addition to download of software and other utilities for mobile phones. Cyberoam's Content Filtering has now added new URL categories, making it one of the most comprehensive category databases with 82+ categories to control access to emerging unproductive sites. This offers greater granular control to businesses, allowing them to control user access to newly added categories like 'AudioSearch' that blocks audio search, 'Internet/Radio/TV' that blocks websites which broadcast TV or Radio communication over the Internet, 'MobileEntertainment' that blocks download of software and other utilities for mobile phones, and many others.

Unchecked HTTP uploads by employees significantly contributes to data loss incidents that have reached 150 million since 2005. In addition to its existing ability to block upload of documents over HTTP, Cyberoam now reports filenames uploaded via webmail attachments or to storage sites. In doing so, it offers enhanced protection to businesses against data loss and leakage.

"User identity is critical to network security," says Sonwane. "In line with Cyberoam's unique identity-based architecture, we now offer information about HTTP uploads along with user and document name, enabling audit controls and meeting compliance requirements."

Another enhancement is the detection and prevention of phone home spyware by Cyberoam IPS, preventing spyware in the network from sending out sensitive data. It also gives details of the infected PC with user and the spyware application name, allowing businesses to take instant corrective action.

Cyberoam has its presence in 55 countries and is the recipient of 5 star rating from SC Magazine twice in a row for its award-winning range of Identity-based UTM appliances.
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