StreamShield Networks Selects SurfControl’s Web Content Filtering Database

LONDON, September 27, 2004 – StreamShield NetworksTM – the leader in real-time, high performance internet content security solutions – and SurfControl, the world leader in enterprise Web and email filtering, today announce a strategic partnership whereby SurfControl’s extensive Web content filtering database is being incorporated into StreamShield’s unique internet-based content security solutions.

StreamShield enables service providers and network operators to offer their residential and business customers “clean internet services” in which threats are removed in the internet before the content is safely delivered to their subscribers. StreamShield achieves unprecedented levels of performance through a revolutionary new silicon-based content security technology called StreamScanTM which can block multiple threats in real-time at multi-gigabit speeds.

Combined with SurfControl’s industry leading, highly granular Web content filtering database, StreamScan can filter 250,000 web page requests per second based on each subscriber’s individual preferences. As a result, access to websites that fall outside of a business customer’s Acceptable Usage Policy or, in the case of residential customers, websites that are deemed inappropriate to children can be blocked in the internet before they cause harm.

Steve Purdham, CEO of SurfControl, comments: “Our partnership with StreamShield Networks opens up new opportunities for our two organizations in the service provider and network operator markets where Web content filtering brings extensive benefits to customers.”

Simon Gawne, CEO of StreamShield Networks, adds: “We are breaking new ground in the content security market by allowing, for the first time, ultra high speed web filtering to be provided by service providers and network operators as a managed service to their residential and business customers.”

Internet-based web filtering, incorporating the SurfControl URL Content List, is available as part of the StreamShield Protector integrated managed content security service for web and email from October 2004. The SurfControl URL Content List is also being provided in StreamShield’s Content Security Gateway (CSG). For further details visit

About StreamShield Networks:
StreamShield Networks is the leader in real-time, high performance internet content security solutions.

The company’s products and services identify and block threats – such as viruses, worms, other forms of malware, spam, pornography and inappropriate content – in the internet before the content reaches any users and harms their computer systems.

The company enables service providers, carriers and mobile operators to offer clean and safe internet services to their residential and business customers which can be tailored to their own individual preferences and requirements.

StreamShield overcomes the performance and scalability limitations of current software and network appliance technologies (which are designed for customer premises rather than deployment in the internet) through a unique, patent-pending silicon-accelerated content security engine called StreamScanTM. Based on a massively parallel architecture, StreamScan can monitor network traffic and check for multiple threats simultaneously in real-time at multi-gigabit speeds regardless of protocol or application.

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