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Web 2.0 threat protection for Joy Global

Secure Computing Corporation : 17 June, 2008  (Application Story)
Secure Web from Secure Computing protects mining equipment supplier from internet borne security threats
Secure Computing has announced that Joy Global has implemented Secure Computing's Secure Web (formerly known as Webwasher) security appliance. By deploying Secure Web, Joy Global has greatly improved its network security, including protecting company resources from emerging Web 2.0 threats. In addition, Secure Web has provided the mining equipment supplier with flexible Web filtering and has reduced the time and costs involved in securing employee Internet use.

'We're really happy with the Secure Web solution,' said Adam Lance, IT security manager for Joy Global. 'The flexibility and protection we now have is light years beyond where we were.'

Before switching to Secure Web, Joy Global used Blue Coat's Web filtering solution that had several problems. First, the other product used a signature-based desktop anti-virus solution that left Joy Global vulnerable to malware and active code exploits targeting today's feature-rich Web 2.0 applications. By contrast, Secure Web protects against threats associated with Web 2.0 by analysing the reputation of all content entering the network. It also protects organisations from related outbound threats such as potential loss of confidential information.

This Web 2.0 protection is powered in part by Secure Computing's industry-leading TrustedSource technology. 'TrustedSource monitors the behaviour of Internet entities in real-time, assigning reputation-based scores,' explained Ken Rutsky, vice president of product marketing for Secure Computing. 'Secure Web uses those scores to provide proactive protection, blocking viruses, spyware, and other malware at the source, even before signatures are available.'

Joy Global's former solution also lacked adequate reporting capabilities. Managers had to spend long hours manually matching users with IP addresses every time they needed to investigate an employee's Internet use. However, Secure Web makes it easy for managers to obtain user-based reports and information on mobile access. Also, because Secure Web uses Joy Global's existing authentication system, users are no longer required to log in a second time in order to access the Internet.

In addition, Joy Global's former Web filter did not allow role-based policies; Web sites had to be 'blocked' or 'allowed' for the entire company. As a result, one staff member spent 50 percent of each day responding to user requests to reclassify particular Web sites. Now, using Secure Web, Joy Global can assign each employee an appropriate level of access depending on his or her job function. 'For those employees that need access, my IT resource is no longer reclassifying sites for hours a day,' explained Lance. 'That frees up valuable employee time to work on more worthwhile products and reduces IT expenses.'

Lance also appreciated the fact that Secure Web combined multiple capabilities into a single appliance, resulting in additional cost savings. Noting that competing solutions would have required twice as much hardware, Lance reported, 'Secure Web offers all the functionality on a single appliance, enabling us to keep the number of boxes required for our international deployment down to a minimum.'

In short, Lance believes Secure Web was the best solution for Joy Global's Web filtering needs: 'Secure Web gave us the flexibility we needed along with the additional security we knew we should be implementing.'
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