informa
3 min read
article

Purewire To Provide Free Web Security For BlackBerry Users

In conjunction with RIM's BlackBerry ISV Alliance Program, Purewire is offering enterprises access to the Purewire Web Security Service for BlackBerry free of charge
ATLANTA (February 17, 2009)—Purewire, Inc., a SaaS-based Secure Web Gateway vendor that protects business and social interactions on the Web, today announced its strategic partnership with RIM via the BlackBerry ISV Alliance Program. In conjunction with the alliance, Purewire is offering enterprises access to the Purewire Web Security Service for BlackBerry free of charge, which can be requested at www.purewire.com.

Purewire launched this unprecedented initiative in an effort to help organizations cost effectively secure and extend Web usage policies across their rapidly growing BlackBerry deployments. A recent survey from Osterman Research shows that 73 percent of companies have BlackBerry users and more than 15 percent of users regularly access the Web via mobile devices. The proliferation of these devices and the fact that many employees leverage their personal mobile devices for business spark heightened security concerns for enterprises.

"Companies need to secure their employees' browsing experience regardless of where they're searching from or the device they're using to do it," said Paul Roberts, senior analyst for enterprise security at The 451 Group. "Purewire is taking a bold step by offering its Web Security Service for BlackBerry free of charge to enterprises and showing leadership in an industry-wide effort to secure Web browsing."

The Purewire Web Security Service for BlackBerry provides enterprise users with the following: Integrated URL filtering, anti-virus, anti-malware, application control, and policy management " all without installing any software on the BlackBerry device Ability to apply the same Web usage policy on BlackBerry devices as for individual users on desktops and laptops Consolidated reporting across mobile, remote and enterprise users "There have been tons of questions recently regarding BlackBerry security, particularly given President Obama's affinity for the device, and this raises concerns for corporate users as well," said Mike Van Bruinisse, co-founder, president and COO for Purewire. "BlackBerry is the most secure mobile platform on the market today, yet enterprises are still challenged with how to enforce policy down to the mobile level. These challenges are likely to increase as the Web interface on smart phones becomes more user-friendly, causing even greater security risks for enterprise networks."

The Purewire Web Security Service is deployed as SaaS-based Secure Web Gateway. Purewire inspects outbound Web traffic for safety and compliance, and analyzes Web site response traffic for malicious programs and untrustworthy users. The Purewire Web Security Service provides high performance processing of Web traffic to protect users browsing the Web regardless of location or device, including laptops and mobile devices.

About Purewire, Inc. Headquartered in Atlanta, Purewire secures business and social interactions on the Web. Founded by veteran security industry entrepreneurs, the company offers Web security-as-a-service to increase ROI and lower the total cost of security for businesses. Purewire is the only vendor that addresses the complete Web security threat landscape, providing unique algorithms and scalable services to protect users from malicious people, places and things on the Web. For additional information, please visit www.purewire.com.