Orange, California – (The Hosting News) – April 24, 2008 – Internet filtering and insider threat management solutions for mid-size to large enterprise provider, 8e6 Technologies, has reported that it has blocked a common exploit used to bypass many of the popular web filtering products in the market.
The ”anonymisers” or ”web-based proxies,” are rapidly becoming one of the most common Internet filtering and blocking work-arounds in the enterprise and pose a significant security risk to both corporate networks and the users who exploit them.
Unique in the security marketplace, 8e6 Technologies’ solutions filter unsuitable content using a database of IP addresses and URLs together with Intelligent Footprint pattern recognition technology (IFT). IFT uniquely allows 8e6 to detect encrypted proxy servers, anonymisers and tunnelling software, such as that recently loaded onto liverbeat.com, ultimately preventing use of public proxies to bypass web filters.
Eric Lundbohm, Vice President of Marketing, 8e6 Technologies noted, ”’8e6 Technologies’ filtering solution provide a level of protection previously unseen in the marketplace – zero-day protection against Web proxy use in the enterprise. Traditional Internet filters such as Websense and SurfControl can only block encrypted proxies by classifying the URL in a database. This means that they may not catch and block a proxy exploit like Liverbeat.com immediately, placing companies at considerable risk from employees accessing unsuitable or malware-riddled content. Some network administrators may not even be aware that their users are bypassing the existing Web filter because the latest proxy software is so effective at hiding the user’s activity.”
Public proxy scripts are widely publicised on the Internet and popular mailing lists. PHProxy is one of the most popular scripts used to create public web proxies, with thousands of sites using this and others such as Proxify, Circumventor and CGIProxy.
The proliferation of anonymous proxy packages has taken the creation of anonymous proxies, once the domain of extremely technical users, and packaged them up as a simple to install application that nearly any Internet user can install and use immediately. A user can create a live public proxy for free in under three minutes using free web space or even their own home PC to bypass existing Internet filters for accessing and downloading any material at the workplace.
8e6 Technologies has been a web filtering developer since 1995, with company headquarters in Orange, California. With a network of channel partners worldwide, the company is an independent provider of web filtering and insider threat management solutions for mid-size to large enterprises, protecting millions of users. The company’s appliance suite requires no additional infrastructure or software to install, resulting in the lowest total cost of ownership on the market. 8e6 is recognized for its real-time analysis, reporting capabilities and unmatched forensics that reduce security, legal and compliance risk. The company’s solutions are customizable to meet individual customer requirements, yet are powerful enough to meet the performance demands of the largest corporations in the world.
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