Keeps Its Eye on Network Edge
If nothing else, the emergence of the Anna Kournikova virus that wreaked havoc on so many computers earlier this month may make small to midsize companies consider buying an anti-virus appliance to provide extra security at the perimeter of their networks.
One hardware/software combo worth considering is the McAfee WebShield e50. Released by Network Associates Inc. last month and targeted at businesses with roughly 2,000 employees, the firewall- independent appliance runs anti-virus software that works as an SMTP gateway virus scanner.
The plug-and-play WebShield e50 uses the McAfee Active Virus scanning engine and works in conjunction with firewalls and e-mail servers to secure networks from the perimeter, scanning Internet traffic and providing remote management utilizing a browser-based SMTP client.
Prices for the WebShield e50 start at $3,560. Network Associates can be reached at www.nai.com.