MX Logic launches service to complement secure e-mail

MX Logic on Monday announced plans to complement its e-mail security managed service with an offering designed to protect organizations from malicious code found on the Web.

The company's Web Defense Service, based on technology licensed from Blue Coat Systems, blocks malicious code such as spyware, viruses and phishing attacks from entering an organization, according to company officials. The new service also controls which Web sites employees can visit to ensure only relevant sites are accessed.

The new offering is available as two services: Threat Control and Content Control. The Threat Control service leverages Blue Coat's SG appliances to block malicious code from entering an organization before it gets to the corporate network. Content Control, which leverages Blue Coat's WebFilter database of real-time Web site ratings, blocks employees from visiting inappropriate sites, even if those sites turned up in search results, MX Logic says.

Blocking malicious code that is distributed via Web sites has become more important than ever, according to MX Logic, because the company's research has shown more malware is unknowingly downloaded when employees visit legitimate Web sites that appear safe. Malware was once associated with porn sites and other destinations deemed inappropriate for employees to visit from the corporate network.

MX Logic sells Web Defense Services' components separately or as a bundle. Threat Control costs US$3.50 per user per month, Content Control costs US$2.50 per user per month, and the two combined -- called Total Control -- costs US$4.80 per user per month. The company also will offer combined packages with its e-mail security services.

The company competes with other providers of Web and e-mail security services such as Postini and MessageLabs.

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