Webroot's SAAS Web, e-mail and data security offering is aimed at cost-conscious companies looking to enhance their protection against malware and spam.
Internet security provider Webroot announced the release of Webroot Web
Security Software-as-a-Service (SAAS) and Webroot Email Security SAAS with
enhancements including Web browsing quotas to enforce Internet use policies and
a new Webroot Email Encryption Service to secure sensitive e-mail
communications. The offerings are aimed at small to medium-size businesses
looking for a SAAS-based solution to e-mail and data security.
The release of Web Security SAAS includes quota support, which allows
businesses to set, monitor and enforce granular Internet use policies for
bandwidth, time spent surfing and number of Websites visited. Quotas can be
controlled independently and provide options to block or warn the user, e-mail
the administrator or simply log the event. By using quotas, organizations can
further manage and control employee Web activity and easily identify policy
violations with new reporting and detailed forensic data.
The other new features of Web Security SAAS include extended log duration,
which extends access to detailed forensic data on Internet use across the
to provide zero-hour protection against these threats, search engine safe
search that enforces "safe search" settings within major search
engines to prevent inappropriate images from appearing in image search results,
updated desktop Web proxy for improved support for mobile users, and the added
ability to receive automatic updates and support for Citrix and Terminal
Webroot's general manager of SAAS, Don Beck, said with the continued growth
in volume and maliciousness of Web threats, businesses today require more
robust functionality to manage Web security as well as employee Internet use.
"For e-mail security, e-mail encryption is becoming required by law.
Organizations are increasingly faced with legal, regulatory and compliance
requirements," he said. "Our new Web and Email Security services address these
concerns, block threats in the cloud and keep malware off the network."
Webroot's Email Security SAAS now includes several end-user and
administrator usability upgrades as well as a new policy-based e-mail
encryption service. The new Email Encryption Service helps businesses meet legal,
compliance and regulatory standards by automatically encrypting e-mail messages
based on company e-mail policy. Webroot argues this policy-based encryption
service expands data loss prevention capabilities and improves the secure
handling of confidential company data.
The new features of Email Security SAAS include the e-mail encryption
service, which allows businesses to set policies to automatically encrypt
e-mail communications to help meet legal, compliance and regulatory
requirements and to protect sensitive data; customizable e-mail digest reports
that improve branding and control over content of daily e-mail summary reports;
and usability enhancements, like management portal enhancements that Webroot
said make it easier for customers to deploy, configure and manage their
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.