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LONDON, UK – 23 January, 2008 – Over two-thirds of companies have admitted that employees disable or tamper with the security settings on their company laptops when working out of the office. This is according to new customer research from leading British web security firm, ScanSafe, who today launched Anywhere+, the world’s first web security service for roaming workers.

Increasing numbers of staff travel for work and/or work remotely outside of traditional office hours. According to data from the Office for National Statistics, more than six million Britons now telework from various locations outside the office. In ScanSafe’s December 2007 survey, 95 per cent of respondents reported that at least 10 per cent of their staff worked remotely on a regular basis.

However, roaming employees are becoming a real challenge to corporate security. Forty per cent of companies reported they had been hit by a security threat as a result of a roaming worker’s use of their laptop in the last 12 months.

Anywhere+ protects laptop users from malware (computer viruses, spyware, etc) and enforces acceptable Internet usage policies for staff surfing the Web regardless of where they are. The service means businesses can easily and quickly extend their security policy to hotels, airports, remote offices, homes or anywhere else employees might use their laptops.

“Businesses identify remote and roaming workers as one of the biggest weaknesses in their security,” said Dan Nadir, VP, product strategy, ScanSafe. “Users who surf unprotected while ‘on the road’ often return with infected laptops that can expose the company to data theft.”

Anywhere+, which is completely tamper-resistant and cannot be removed by the user, is available today with prices starting at £1.00 per user per month.

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How Anywhere+ works

Unlike traditional remote security approaches, Anywhere+ is delivered as a service. All inbound and outbound Web traffic is transparently redirected to the nearest scanning datacenter in ScanSafe’s global network which stretches from Sydney to San Francisco, where it is scanned and filtered in real-time.

Because all Web traffic is scanned ‘in the cloud,’ Anywhere+ eliminates the latency, bandwidth congestion
and costs associated with traditional backhauling of Web traffic over the corporate VPN to an Internet gateway.

As a service, Anywhere+ can be deployed rapidly. It is activated through a lightweight driver. Unlike other endpoint clients Anywhere+ does not require a 50 MB download or constant updates to remain effective, and it does not rob the user of scarce resources including memory and CPU.

Anywhere+ supports multiple authentication mechanisms including integration with Active Directory and support for administrator-created authentication keys, facilitating an easy roll-out to hundreds or even thousands of PCs. It works with existing VPN, desktop security clients and internal proxies and allows for seamless roaming between different network interfaces including wired, wireless and 3G.

The service requires no end-user configuration and is tamper resistant—ensuring corporate security policy is always enforced regardless of a user’s physical location. Anywhere+ also reduces the risk of roaming workers bringing infected laptops back into the office LAN. In addition, it encrypts all Web traffic over standard SSL to ensure privacy and prevent data interception, even when roaming and remote users access the Web from public networks.

For more information on Anywhere+, including a 30-day risk-free trial, please visit: www.scansafe.com/anywhereplus.

About ScanSafe

ScanSafe is the largest global provider of Web Security-as-a-Service, ensuring a safe and productive Internet environment for businesses. ScanSafe solutions keep viruses and spyware off corporate networks and allow businesses to control and secure the use of the Web and instant messaging. As a fully managed service, ScanSafe's solutions require no hardware, upfront capital costs or maintenance and provide unparalleled real-time threat protection. Powered by its proactive, multilayered Outbreak Intelligence TM threat detection technology, ScanSafe scans more than 7 billion Web requests and blocks 70 million threats each month for customers in over 50 countries.

With offices in London and San Mateo, California, ScanSafe is privately owned and financed by Benchmark Capital and Scale Venture Partners. The company received a 2007 CODiE award for Best Software as a Service Solution, the 2007 SC Magazine Europe Award for Best Content Security Solution and was named one of Red Herring’s Top 100 Technology companies. For more information, visit www.scansafe.com.

For further information or to speak to ScanSafe, a customer or industry analysts that have been pre-briefed please contact:

Toby Poston, Amanda Hassall or Teresa Horscroft
Six Degrees Ltd
Office: 01628 480280
Email: toby.poston@sixdegreespr.com, amanda.hassall@sixdegreespr.com, or teresa.horscroft@sixdegreespr.com or scansafe@sixdegreespr.com (group email)

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