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October 6, 1998

SURFCONTROL ADDS SUPERSCOUT INTERNET FILTER TO FAMILY

By CBR Staff Writer

JSB’s surfControl division will use the Fall Internet World show in New York today (Wednesday) to launch its new internet monitoring, filtering and control software, SuperScout, designed for the corporate environment. The Cheshire, UK based company said the latest addition to its surfControl product family is based on a sophisticated ‘positive filtering’ engine. Unlike the standard filtering software designed for the home environment – which blocks access to known web sites, or negative filtering – SuperScout works the other way round by giving companies the ability positively select what sites individual users can access. The other key feature is SuperScout’s use of special pass-by technology, which the company said helps to reduce the strain on network bandwidth while users are on-line. Unlike rival products that analyze internet traffic in great detail, surfControl said its technology works by observing traffic quickly, using packet sniffing technology, as it flows through the network. The company will also unveil the latest version of its internet-usage monitoring product, surfControl Scout 2.2. surfControl Scout 2.2 costs $99 for 20 users and SuperScout for NT server costs $2,000 for up to 100 users.

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