October 30, 2008

This new Managed Security Service controls Web access, offers protection against spyware, adware, viruses and phishing.
It enables businesses to effectively manage Internet content and allows IP and MPLS-based networks to operate more efficiently.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 30, 2008--As businesses look to deploy advanced technologies on their MPLS networks, Internet threats can clutter network capacity and reduce bandwidth needed to deliver real-time applications and services. Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced the availability of Sprint Secure(SM) Web Protection, which will include both a network and premise-based solution for customers to choose from; both options will provide businesses with content filtering and Web protection from a variety of Internet threats. The service will be available globally to help businesses of virtually any size operate more efficiently and economically through safe, productive use of the Internet.

"By removing malicious or unwanted traffic from a network, businesses can save time and money by allowing only clean, business-critical traffic to get through," said Dan Dooley, president of Wireline, Sprint. "With Sprint Secure Web Protection, businesses can control access to the Web, prevent viruses, Trojans, worms and other Internet threats from entering their networks and more efficiently use their transport for business-related traffic."

Sprint Secure Web Protection is just one component of Sprint’s suite of managed service capabilities that help businesses optimize their networks and maintain business continuity. Sprint Web Protection solutions protect Sprint Dedicated Internet Access and Global IP/MPLS services and can help businesses secure their networks end-to-end.

Customers will be able to select from network and premise-based solutions. Both options provide URL/content filtering and management, protection from Malware, viruses, Trojans and other Internet threats.

"Businesses today are too dependent on stable network operations to not have the most effective safeguards in place to reduce exposure to Internet-borne threats," says Amy Larsen DeCarlo, principal analyst for Internet/Managed Services. "And in the current economic climate, companies can’t afford to waste critical bandwidth on spam and other malicious content. By integrating Web protection directly into its IP services, Sprint provides both the security and support for bandwidth efficiency that make its IP/MPLS and Dedicated Internet Access services standout in the market."

Coming soon, the network-based solution is powered by ScanSafe, the largest global provider of SaaS Web Security. Network-based Web Protection requires no additional purchase of hardware or software at the customer’s premise.

Available today, the premise-based solution is powered by ProxySG appliances and Blue Coat WebFilter software from Blue Coat Systems, Inc., an industry-leading vendor of Web security solutions. Premise-based Web Protection can also be paired with Sprint Secure WAN Acceleration for greater network optimization.

Sprint Secure Web Protection capabilities include:

  • Web Filtering: Allows enterprises to control web access, enforce usage policies, and more efficiently use bandwidth, thereby improving productivity.
  • Antivirus and Web Malware Scanning: Protects the enterprise with real-time scanning and removal of malicious and unwanted traffic before it can enter and compromise the network.
  • Web Application and IM Control: Enables corporations to control and secure the use of peer-to-peer (P2P) applications, flash-based video, streaming media and public Instant Messaging or IM (e.g., such as AOL and Yahoo!). Scans IM traffic in real time and provides enhanced security, control and compliance over employees’ IM use.

Managed Security Services from Sprint help businesses more effectively manage their WAN transport and layer on premium, critical applications as needed. Sprint’s core strength and leadership in the convergence of robust Data, Security, IP Telephony and Managed Mobility solutions enables businesses to respond to changing business needs with speed and flexibility.

For more information on Sprint business solutions, visit www.sprint.com/business or contact your Sprint account team.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving nearly 52 million customers at the end of the second quarter 2008; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.

About Blue Coat Systems, Inc.

Blue Coat secures Web communications and accelerates business applications across the distributed enterprise. Blue Coat’s family of appliances and client-based solutions -- deployed in branch offices, Internet gateways, end points, and data centers -- provide intelligent points of policy-based control enabling IT organizations to optimize security and accelerate performance between users and applications. Blue Coat has installed more than 40,000 appliances worldwide. Blue Coat’s headquarters is in Sunnyvale, Calif. and can be reached at 408-220-2200 or www.bluecoat.com.

About ScanSafe

ScanSafe is the largest global provider of SaaS Web Security, ensuring a safe and productive Internet environment for businesses. ScanSafe solutions keep viruses and spyware off corporate networks and allow businesses to control and secure the use of the Web and instant messaging. As a fully managed service, ScanSafe’s solutions require no hardware, upfront capital costs or maintenance and provide unparalleled real-time threat protection. Powered by its proactive, multilayered Outbreak Intelligence TM threat detection technology, ScanSafe scans more than 20 billion Web requests and blocks 200 million threats each month for customers in over 80 countries.

With offices in London and San Francisco, California, ScanSafe is privately owned and financed by Benchmark Capital and Scale Venture Partners. The company received the CNET UK Business and Technology award for Security Product of the Year 2008, a 2007 CODiE award for Best Software as a Service Solution, the 2008 and 2007 SC Magazine Europe Award for Best Content Security Solution and was named one of Red Herring’s Top 100 Technology companies. For more information, visit www.scansafe.com.

Jackie Bostick, 913-794-3045
Blue Coat Systems, Inc.
Steve Schick, 408-220-2076
Susie Bailey, 415-692-2000

SOURCE: Sprint