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ServGate & SurfControl Secure Web

ServGate Technologies Inc. will add new security features to its flagship EdgeForce application gateway products next week, at a time when users are demanding a broader range of protection from online threats.

The Milpitas, Calif.-based company will now add Web filtering software from SurfControl plc to the security features already contained within the EdgeForce, which include firewall and VPN services and anti-virus applications.

Controlling access to the Internet is a big issue for firms and public sector organizations at the moment. In addition to preventing access to inappropriate sites, there is also the threat of employees downloading Websites that contain viruses or worms. There are also regulatory challenges to be met, such as the Childrens Internet Protection Act, which aims to ensure that educational establishments have technology in place to prevent children from viewing inappropriate content -- or risk losing federal funding.

Lawrence Orans, principal analyst at Gartner Inc.,
says, “Internet content filtering is extremely high priority. There are legal liability issues involved, and firms do not want their employees wasting time.”

By extending the EdgeForce’s content inspection technology to HTTP and FTP protocols, ServGate says that firms can now screen URLs in real-time, without the need for a local database server to store the URLs. Instead, a master URL database is hosted by SurfControl and replicated to the EdgeForce box via the Internet. Organizations can then use this information to set rules for the Web content that can be accessed by network users.

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