Sophos and SurfControl have announced a technology partnership that will integrate SurfControl's website categorisation database into a new web and malware security appliance from Sophos.
The first product to benefit from this partnership will be Sophos's new WS1000 web security and control hardware appliance, integrating SurfControl's URL classification engine which has categorised more than 21-million web pages.
"The combination of SurfControl's URL database on the Sophos WS1000 appliance allows enterprises to more effectively manage the risks and issues commonly associated with employee Internet access," says Rocco Donnino, vice-president: worldwide business development at SurfControl.
"This partnership brings customers unmatched data protection and control of their IT assets."
The Sophos WS1000 web appliance will allow system administrators to manage end user productivity through SurfControl's categorised database of websites.
Administrators can customise product settings to specify the categories of web pages that their employer wishes to monitor or block (such as gambling, pornography or sports sites).
At the same time, existing Sophos technology will deliver protection against known and unknown viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware, and phishing websites.
"Enterprise customers want greater control as well as security, and our partnership with SurfControl is an essential part of us delivering that solution. Our combined technology allows system administrators to stop malware dead in its tracks, and to prevent inappropriate web surfing from having a negative impact on productivity," said Steve Munford, CEO of Sophos. "SurfControl is the world's leading expert in categorizing the web, and we look forward to bringing their technology to a wider audience who are crying out for more control over what types of websites their users can access."