While firms are cutting costs anyway they can, security professionals running IT departments are unwilling to let budgets compromise their ability to fend off malware, spam and denial of service attacks with good reason.
The volume, severity and sophistication of attacks have never been greater, and an integrated security suite that includes a firewall, intrusion detection system, network access control and spam filtering has never been more important.
As much as 85 per cent of malicious computer code reaching companies' computers is now coming from websites, according to research. Google recently found that the number of infected pages returned by web searches increased from 0.3 per cent to 1.3 per cent within just 12 months.
Yet IT departments are being pressured in the down economy to trim cost yet maintain network integrity - essentially, doing more with less. And while most organisations have web filtering, most have not set it up to cope with fast-moving content.
Websites and online services - including social networking sites and user generated content - have now overtaken both spam e-mail and removable media, such as disks or USB drives, as the main way malware is spread to PCs.
The threat is made more serious still, because conventional IT security measures are not well placed to protect against web-based "attack vectors". The vast majority of businesses have yet to take any steps to protect themselves against web-based malware.
Standard desktop anti-malware scanners are only a partial answer as they are generally too slow to prevent malicious code reaching the host PC. And Gartner estimates that just 15 per cent of US and EU companies run malware filtering of any kind for web content, although as many as 70 per cent run URL (address) filtering, to block access to sites containing unsuitable content.
But Secpoint's Protector 5.5 UTM with Anti Spam, Grey Listing, Antivirus, Web Filter and Intrusion Prevention Appliance is a dedicated unit designed to operate independently from your network, without putting any additional processor strain on it. In fact, you can even link two units or more to protect data centres and larger networks in real-time.
TECHNICAL SPECS for Protector 5.5:
* 5-20% speed increase in the mail scanning
* Routing table feature so it can be used on very large networks
* 4th Generation Grey Listing anti spam
* More features in Anti Spam Quarantine section easier to maintain large quarantine sections
* Easier to receive daily quarantine spam reporting
Notes to editors:
Europe's leading IT-security company SecPoint delivers specialized UTM, vulnerability management solutions with Grey listing, Web Filter and Content Filter.
Services include Intrusion Prevention, IT Security Penetration Testing and Wi-Fi Security auditing to businesses worldwide.
Operating globally since 1999 and headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, SecPoint has been delivering high end security products to more than 600 customers across SecPoint Operations in the United States and Europe.