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SurfControl Takes On Network-Wide Spyware

SurfControl on Monday said that early next month it plans to ship a new product that thwarts spyware and other malware threats plus helps enforce corporate controls for applications such as instant messaging.

Called SurfControl Enterprise Threat Shield, the software provides features and signature databases for protecting against known malware, but it also can be custom-programmed by solution providers to adapt and respond to new threats on the fly, said Jim Murphy, director of product marketing at SurfControl, Scotts Valley, Calif.

SurfControl Enterprise Threat Shield fits into the vendor's broad Enterprise Protection Suite. It costs $30 per user per year in deployments of 100 users, and the price drops to $17 per user per year for a 1,000-user installation, Murphy said.

SurfControl's new product is unique in that it's designed to thwart malware with enterprise administration in mind, said Robert Duchouquette, director of technical services at SBS Security, a Dallas-based security solution provider that represents several different products in the antispyware category. SurfControl Enterprise Threat Shield can act at the gateway level to detect and remove spyware before it has a chance to install itself on desktop clients, he said.

"There really hasn't been a good enterprise-grade solution for this," Duchouquette said.

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