FaceTime Adds Support For Squid Proxy Server To Unified Security Gateway

USG v 3.1 enables organizations to manage content posted from the corporate network to blogs, wikis, webmail, and social networking sites

December 3, 2009

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BELMONT, Calif. (December 2, 2009) " FaceTime Communications (www.facetime.com) today announced support for the Squid proxy server in its secure Web gateway, Unified Security Gateway (USG) v 3.1. This enables organizations using Squid proxies to manage and control content posted from the corporate network to blogs, wikis, webmail and social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

FaceTime's USG is the first secure Web gateway to combine content monitoring, management and logging of social networking, instant messaging and Unified Communications, with URL filtering, malware and Web antivirus protection. FaceTime launched support for Blue Coat proxy servers in September 2009. USG also includes a comprehensive application signature database of more than 4,000 applications of concern to IT managers. Created by FaceTime's Security Lab, the database is the most extensive available, and is continually maintained and updated by FaceTime's security research team, the leading research team dedicated to the collection, analysis, associated threats and management of real-time and Web 2.0 applications.

Squid is one of the most widely deployed caching proxy servers and supports a wide range of Web protocols. It is popular partially because it is free, but also because it is compatible with a number of operating systems and offers excellent performance. USG 3.1 has the option of either being integrated with a Web/FTP proxy server, such as Blue Coat or Squid, through an ICAP-based connector, or deployed in simple pass-by mode -- a plug and play deployment which requires no change to existing network configurations.

"We are seeing tremendous growth in Web 2.0 adoption within corporations and government agencies, along with a growing concern about regulatory compliance and data leakage," said Nishant Jadhav, director of product management for FaceTime. "Since a number of networks already have Squid proxy servers in place, this release will make it even easier to adopt our USG solution, which will prevent sensitive conversations and data leaking out over Twitter, Facebook, IM and other channels. IT managers can now plug USG 3.1 into any network equipped with a free Squid proxy server and immediately monitor, control and filter Web 2.0 conversations."

Corporations, financial institutions, government agencies, schools, and other organizations are adopting Web 2.0 platforms for internal communications and to talk to partners and customers. However, traditional security solutions do not address the risks associated with these emerging collaborative applications. USG 3.1 addresses that need by providing granular control of not only Web sites and applications but also the content posted to blogs, wikis, webmail and social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Such content can be monitored, secured and logged " reducing outbound data leakage and enabling corporate policy standards and legal discovery requirements. It's also invaluable to enable compliance with industry regulations from groups such as FINRA that are concerned about sensitive content being posted to social networks.

Pricing and Availability Unified Security Gateway 31 is available immediately through FaceTime's authorized partners from $9,200. Please call (888) 349-FACE (3223) for pricing, or logon to www.facetime.com.

About FaceTime Communications Inc.

FaceTime Communications enables the safe and productive use of Unified Communications and Web 2.0, including social networks, blogs, and instant messaging. Ranked number one by IDC for five consecutive years, FaceTime's award-winning solutions are used by more than 1,500 customers for the security, management and compliance of real-time communications. FaceTime supports or has strategic partnerships with all leading public IM network and Unified Communications providers, including AOL, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Skype, IBM and Cisco.

FaceTime is headquartered in Belmont, California. For more information visit http://www.facetime.com.

Media Contact:

Sarah Carter FaceTime Communications 650-631-6452 [email protected]

Tom Woolf Woolf Media 415-259-5638 [email protected]

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