GFI WebMonitor™ 2011 R3 has been released today. GFI WebMonitor 2011 R3 now includes new security and anti-malware features that enable small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to provide employee Internet access without sacrificing network protection. The latest version of GFI WebMonitor provides SMB IT administrators with additional layers of defense to identify dangerous websites and threats before they can cause any harm to a PC or network.

Combined with GFI WebMonitor’s detection and filtering capabilities, the new security features make it easier for administrators to control Internet access and identify malicious websites and infected content. This is especially important in today’s SMB environment, as recent GFI survey data (see “GFI Software Survey: 40% of SMBs Have Suffered a Security Breach Due to Unsafe Web Surfing”) gathered by polling expert Opinion Matters found that 40% of SMBs have experienced a security breach as a result of employees navigating to a site that hosted malware. Additionally, more than half (55%) of SMBs that use a web monitoring solution indicate that defense against infected websites is not their main priority. These findings illustrate a lack of awareness about the important role web monitoring software plays in network protection and demonstrate that companies are not taking full advantage of these solutions.

Additional Layer of Security for SMBs

With powerful security enhancements – including a new Website Reputation Index and GFI ThreatTrack™ malicious URL blocking – the latest version of GFI WebMonitor has evolved into one of the industry’s most complete web monitoring, filtering and security solutions. The Website Reputation Index provides a “safeness” rating for websites based on their current and future threat profiles. Using this feature, administrators can implement flexible Internet access policies by blocking sites based on the risks they pose, rather than preventing access to entire categories of websites, and employees can make smarter decisions about visiting websites with which they are not familiar. According to GFI’s survey, more than 40% of SMBs do not currently have a solution in place that measures the safeness of a given website based on a reputation rating, and 27% say this is a capability they would be interested in.

With ThreatTrack, GFI WebMonitor automatically blacklists hundreds of thousands of websites serving malicious content, including phishing sites and legitimate websites that have been temporarily compromised. ThreatTrack data feeds provide SMBs with valuable threat intelligence that, when combined with GFI WebMonitor, results in an unrivaled Internet access control solution.

Additional GFI WebMonitor enhancements that enable SMBs to simultaneously ensure a secure and malware-free network infrastructure, prevent cyberslacking and manage bandwidth include:

  • Multiple security engines – Utilizes multiple antivirus and other security engines to scan all Internet traffic for malicious content – ensuring maximum threat protection.
  • Zero-hour web security – Offers near real-time updates for all security engines to protect against zero-hour threats.
  • Streaming media blocking – Enables administrators to block bandwidth-consuming audio and video streaming elements of a website without banning the entire site.
  • Instant messaging management – Mitigates risks by blocking a number of messaging clients, including Google™ Chat, Facebook Chat and other instant messaging portals.
  • Soft blocking – Allows administrators to define policies that selectively allow users or groups of users to temporarily override blocking policies after a warning is issued.

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