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Leading Provider of SaaS Web Security Launches the First Virtual Map to Show Recent Blocks of Web Threats

LONDON and SAN MATEO, Calif. —August 20, 2008 — ScanSafe, the pioneer and leading provider of SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) Web security, today launched Threat Spy, the first virtual map to show the increasingly dangerous Web threat landscape. Threat Spy displays malware as it is identified and blocked by ScanSafe, much like a Twitter map.

“Threat Spy allows the public to take a step away from the volumes of data showing the increasing dangers of the Web and actually see the malware being blocked every day in different places around the world,” comments Mary Landesman, senior security researcher at ScanSafe. “We reported a 278 percent increase in malware in the first half of 2008 and this innovative map visualizes this worrying increase. We hope the map will demonstrate how dangerous the threat landscape is and will prompt companies to take action.”

Powered by ScanSafe’s Outbreak Intelligence™ which includes, multiple, industry leading malware scanning engines, proprietary heuristics, Threat Spy provides up to date detail on the more than 100 million Web threats it blocks each month on behalf of customers around the world. In addition to describing the type of threat blocked, the map shows the origin of the blocked threat and also the date and time of the block. The map is automatically updated every minute to show the most recent blocks.

“The Web 2.0 environment is a dynamic one and we wanted to provide an equally dynamic map of the threats confronting today’s Web surfers,” says Landesman. “The beauty of Threat Spy is that it captures up to date, detailed information on threats shortly after they are blocked. This not only provides timely insight into existing, new and emerging Web-based threats – it also helps demonstrate the critical importance of real-time Web scanning.”

Powering Threat Spy, Outbreak Intelligence™ works 24/7 to protect ScanSafe customers from Web borne malware in real-time. Outbreak Intelligence™ detects up to 15 percent more malware than reactive signature-based detection technologies and protects ScanSafe customers regardless of how new the malware is.

To view the Threat Spy map please click on the link below.

About ScanSafe
ScanSafe is the largest global provider of SaaS Web Security, 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 10 billion Web requests and blocks 100 million threats each month for customers in over 60 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 2008 and 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

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