SonicWall launches spyware countermeasures


SonicWall launches spyware countermeasures

SonicWall has added dynamic spyware detection and elimination capabilities to its gateway threat protection product.

The technology will be delivered within SonicWall’s gateway anti-virus, anti-spyware and intrusion prevention subscription service, enabling businesses of all sizes to maintain secure and productive networks.

The company says that spyware is one of the most pressing and time-consuming network issues. The Webroot and Earthlink Spy Audit programs estimate that 90% of all computers contain some form of spyware.

SonicWall uses a deep packet inspection engine that delivers virus protection, intrusion prevention and anti-spyware capabilities directly on the security gateway. The company claims it is the first solution on the market with a per packet scanning engine, which allows it to handle unlimited file sizes and unlimited concurrent downloads, giving scalability and performance.

SonicWall can also disrupt background communications from spyware already present on the desktop and prevent e-mailed threats by scanning and then blocking spyware-infected e-mails.

“Our goal is to keep businesses of all sizes productive and in control of their proprietary information,” said Douglas Brockett, general manager and vice-president at SonicWall. “Solving spyware, intrusion prevention and virus problems at the gateway provides an important line of defence and frees up network administrators’ time.”

The gateway anti-virus, anti-spyware and intrusion prevention subscription service from SonicWall will be available in the first quarter of this year. Prices start at £125 a year. Current subscribers to the gateway anti-virus/intrusion prevention service will receive the anti-spyware component through an automatic download at no extra cost.

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