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Friday, November 26, 2004

Got Spyware? Integrated Approach Is Key

As spyware continues to plague consumers and enterprise networks, security vendors are moving to incorporate antispyware capabilities into their integrated gateway appliances.

TippingPoint Technologies launched spyware protection for its UnityOne intrusion- prevention systems.  Earlier in the month, Check Point Software Technologies unveiled similar antispyware capabilities for its VPN-1 device.

And solution providers say they’re seeing the need for perimeter security devices that protect against spyware as well as other threats go through the roof.

Today, vendors such as Secure Computing and Internet Security Systems, which have incorporated firewall, VPN and antivirus capability into one box for years, are now adding new capabilities to fight adware, keystroke loggers and other forms of malware.

“As a network administrator, you don’t want this conga line of boxes that you have to manage,” said Richard Hanke, vice president of product management at Fortinet, the Sunnyvale, Calif., company credited with inventing the integrated security appliance.

Across the industry, spyware has risen steadily since January—a recent study co-sponsored by America Online and the National Cyber Security Alliance indicated that eight out of 10 computers are infected by some form of spyware. Then came innovation in the form of point solutions. Earlier this month, Computer Associates International and McAfee each released spyware-specific solutions for enterprises and consumers.

While Fortinet is relatively new to the antispyware movement, fellow Silicon Valley vendor BlueCoat has been incorporating spyware protection in its ProxyAV device for years.;jsessionid=DWELBERQ4QWKYQSNDBCSKHSCJUMEKJVN?articleID=54200212

Posted on 11/26