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Netintelligence to challenge traditional web filtering

2nd November 2002 · Press Releases

Scottish based AIM listed iomart today announced the release of v3 of its software package NetIntelligence. The new version takes on board 9 months of customer feedback, and positions the company well to take a share of the growing market for Secure Content Management. According to a recently released report by IDC worldwide revenue in this sector reached $2billion in 2001, and is forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 19%, to reach $4.8 billion by 2006.

The market growth is fuelled by customers need to address the growing productivity concerns, and corporate risks associated with growing internet access, increased mobility in the workplace, and transient workforces.

NetIntelligence v3 has been designed to be used in organizational units and companies up to 40,000 employees, and offers operational management and IT management an integrated solution to intelligently managing Acceptable Use Policies, while protecting the organization from a multitude of current and emerging digital risks. The product has the core capabilities of filtering Email and monitoring for inappropriate use, but its forward looking architecture and extensive fingerprint database of inappropriate material allows the company to monitor all desktop activities plus the introduction, copying and removal of sensitive material by whatever means, and detects the presence of inappropriate material on the company network.

The database of categorized inappropriate material has 18m categorized items ranging from pornography, to password crackers, serialz, hacking tools, worms, and fraud utilities. The database is growing at 300,000 items per month, 10,000 of which are serious threats to the organizations infrastructure and information security. The others, like pornography, contribute to general time wasting and inefficiency within the company.

A key differentiator of the new product is its ability to present managers with useful meaningful reports about their company or department via their normal e-mail interface, without having to refer to their IT department. Reports are available as real time alerts, retrospectively or into the future.

NetIntelligence has a growing customer base with over 30 live companies, and a large number of significant triallists. According to Business Development Director Bill Dobbie the appeal varies between companies – ‘ we have multinationals who view NetIntelligence as a solid platform addressing a breadth of secure content management issues which traditional filters and blockers cant address, as well as smaller companies and organizational units who use it to ensure that inappropriate surfing is managed actively, and the growing piracy issues raised by organizations such as FAST and BSA are addressed.’

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