LANguard brings secure browsing & downloading to ISA Server users
London, UK, 4 June 2001 – GFI has launched LANguard Content Filtering & Anti-virus for ISA Server, Microsoft Corp.’s enterprise firewall and Web cache server. LANguard provides content filtering and anti-virus checking of inbound & outbound network traffic at the server level. It scans incoming traffic for viruses, Trojans and objectionable material and permits the quarantining of downloads for administrator approval. With LANguard, you can set up rules that can stop unproductive use of the Internet at work.
LANguard was built from the ground up to work with ISA Server. As a result, installation and administration are easy: No dedicated machine is required, and there is no need to make any changes to the network configuration. LANguard hooks in ISA Server as a Web filter and can leverage features such as alerts, reporting and so on, that are already found in ISA Server. Additionally, all LANguard administration and configuration is integrated with the ISA Server 2000 configuration through Microsoft Management Console (MMC).
“We are pleased with GFI’s support of ISA Server 2000,” said Nevet Basker, director of business development for ISA Server at Microsoft. “The implementation of GFI’s anti-virus, content filtering and Internet access control technology on ISA Server will help accelerate the adoption of secure e-commerce applications. GFI’s support and approach to business security will help customers get the most from their ISA Server.”
“Just as Microsoft Exchange Server revolutionized corporate email, GFI expects that ISA server will do the same for corporate security and Internet access,” said Nick Galea, GFI CEO. “As a result, LANguard Content Filtering & Anti-virus builds on ISA Server’s ability to help organizations protect, accelerate and control their network access by bringing content checking, virus filtering and Internet access control functions to this new Microsoft platform, resulting in a highly scalable and integrated way of implementing corporate security.”
LANguard’s anti-virus module scans incoming traffic, such as HTTP and FTP downloads, and checks them for viruses. The product also automatically downloads virus updates whenever necessary to keep up-to-date. Simultaneously, LANguard’s content filtering module can quarantine suspicious file types that could contain harmful content. This way, users can still download the files they need, but these can be checked for malicious content before being delivered.
For added defence, LANguard protects against present and future Word macro viruses. If it detects a Microsoft Word or Excel file that contains a macro, it automatically disables the macro. This dispels any worry about users downloading documents that contain Word macros, which could potentially harbour a virus. LANguard also enables real time monitoring of all Internet connections so that the administrator can view what connections are open and to which web or FTP sites.
A further advantage is that LANguard can prevent unproductive use of the Internet at the workplace by checking for keywords in URLs and Web pages to determine whether a site is appropriate or not. LANguard can detect specific keywords and even combinations of keywords in Internet traffic – for example, if a user is reading a Web page with a certain keyword, or doing a Search for that keyword. This means that searches for objectionable material are blocked without needing to prevent access to an entire search engine site.
LANguard is very cost-effective compared to other content filtering, anti-virus and Internet access control products. Pricing starts at US$395 for 25 users. For more product information, visit http://www.gfi.com/languard/lanccfeatures.htm.
About ISA Server
Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000 is an enterprise firewall and Web cache server that enables IT administrators for businesses of all sizes to provide controlled, secure and fast Internet access for their organization. Building on the security and manageability of the Microsoft Windows 2000 platform, ISA Server provides a sophisticated multi-layer enterprise firewall and a high-performance Web cache to control, secure and accelerate business on the Internet. ISA Server is the newest addition to the Microsoft Windows .NET platform, geared to empower companies of any size to Internet-enable their businesses and to allow developers to build products for the next generation of services that will be available on the Web. For more information on ISA Server, or to download a copy of the product, go to www.microsoft.com\ISAServer.
GFI (http://www.gfi.com) has six offices in the US, UK, Germany, France, Australia and Malta, and has a worldwide network of distributors. GFI is the developer of FAXmaker, Mail essentials and LANguard, and has supplied applications to clients such as Microsoft, Telstra, Time Warner Cable, Shell Oil Lubricants, NASA, DHL, Caterpillar, BMW, the US IRS, and the USAF. GFI has won the Microsoft Fusion 2000 (GEM) Packaged Application Partner of the Year award, and was named one of 1999’s fastest growing software companies for Windows by Microsoft Corp. and CMP Media.
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