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Conexus announces Australian release of Spy Sweeper Enterprise

  • 22 March, 2005 10:16

<p>Comprehensive solution protects corporate networks and the mobile workforce</p>
<p>as enterprise spyware threat levels continue to rise</p>
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<p>Sydney, 22 March 2005 -- Conexus, a leading specialist distributor of enterprise, education and entertainment technologies for Windows and Macintosh, today announced the release in Australia of Spy Sweeper Enterprise, a centrally managed, enterprise-class anti-spyware solution.</p>
<p>Spy Sweeper Enterprise is armed with a definition list of over 69,000 spyware traces designed to detect adware, Trojan Horses, system monitors, keyloggers and more. With Active Shields protection, Spy Sweeper Enterprise monitors and blocks spyware as it attempts to install in system memory, launch at startup, change the Internet Explorer homepage and more. During a sweep, Spy Sweeper Enterprise automatically quarantines and encrypts spyware for immediate protection and further review by the administrator.</p>
<p>Worldwide, Spy Sweeper Enterprise surpassed the one-million-seats milestone in January 2005. An ongoing corporate audit by Webroot has discovered an average of 22 pieces of spyware per corporate desktop computer, including malicious spyware infections. On average, eight percent of the PCs audited had system monitors and six percent had Trojan horse programs, the two most nefarious and potentially malicious forms of spyware.</p>
<p>"The extraordinary level of inquiries and pre-orders in the lead-up to the local launch of Spy Sweeper Enterprise demonstrates that businesses have an immediate need for comprehensive, centrally-administered corporate anti-spyware protection," said David Murray, Managing Director, Conexus. "IT executives understand that it is too risky to rely on existing enterprise security technology to address the spyware epidemic, and have realised the futility of trying to manage the threat though desktop-by-desktop installations of freeware and stand-alone programs."</p>
<p>The scalability of Spy Sweeper Enterprise is ensured by its automated server throttling and randomisation techniques that manage peaks in client requests, and Microsoft SQL Server support, which allows a single server to support very large numbers of clients and enables custom reporting. Meanwhile, Spy Sweeper Enterprise's mobile client update feature allows users to stay current on spy definitions when they are not connected to the corporate network. Also, administrators can send configuration changes or updates to clients immediately with the Poll Now capability, and can block unwanted software usage and site access with customisable application and site blocking capabilities.</p>
<p>For enterprises still evaluating the spyware threat and the solutions available to them, Webroot provides two free tools to ease the process. The Webroot Corporate Spy Audit tool enables corporations to assess the risk level their organisations face from spyware infections. Additionally, the company offers a free 30-day trial of Spy Sweeper Enterprise to allow organizations to test a proven corporate anti-spyware solution while also protecting their networks from the dangers of spyware. The Corporate Spy Audit tool is located at http://www.webrootdisp.net/entaudit/start.php and the Spy Sweeper Enterprise trial download is currently available at
http://www.webroot.com/forms/enterprise_lead.php</p>
<p>Pricing and Availability</p>
<p>Spy Sweeper Enterprise supports Windows 98, 98 SE, ME (all require Internet Explorer 6.0 with Service Pack 1), 2000, XP, NT 4.0 or Server 2003 on the client side. The server requires Windows NT 4.0 SP5 or higher, 2000, XP or Server 2003.</p>
<p>The software is priced at $39.95 per seat for 10--24-seat installations, with lower prices for larger sites. For further information, contact Conexus directly on 02 9975 2799, 03 9328 1277 or webroot@conexus.com.au.</p>
<p>--ENDS--</p>
<p>About Conexus</p>
<p>Founded in 1991, Conexus is a leading specialist distributor of enterprise, education and entertainment technologies for Windows and Macintosh. It has offices in Sydney and Melbourne, and services countless retail outlets nationwide. To find out more about Conexus, visit http://www.conexus.com.au/.</p>
<p>About Webroot Software</p>
<p>Webroot Software, a privately held company based in Boulder, Colorado, creates innovative privacy, protection and performance products and services for millions of users around the world, ranging from enterprises, Internet service providers, government agencies and higher education institutions, to small businesses and individuals. The company provides a suite of high-quality, easy-to-use software that guides and empowers consumers as they surf the Web, protecting personal information and returning control over computing environments. Webroot's software consistently receives top ratings and recommendations by respected third-party media and product reviewers. In addition to buying these products online at www.webroot.com, Webroot products are found on the shelves of leading retailers around the world.</p>
<p>For software, images or interviews, contact:</p>
<p>Steven Noble</p>
<p>Associate Director, Technology</p>
<p>Hill &amp; Knowlton</p>
<p>02 9286 1238</p>
<p>snoble@hillandknowlton.com.au</p>

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