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July 20, 2010

Zscaler Launches Fully Integrated Email and Web Cloud Security Service

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Zscaler, Inc., a major player in cloud security, has launched what it claims to be the industry's first fully integrated email and web security service.

Officials with Zscaler said that with the addition of email security to its existing web security portfolio, the company now offers enterprises with the most comprehensive cloud-delivered service that protects against most Internet-based risks.

It also consolidates multiple point products, simplifies IT administration, increases security, while reducing costs and risk to the business.

"Web and messaging security are no longer mutually exclusive," said Christian Christiansen, program vice president for IDC's (News - Alert) security products and services group, in a statement.

Christiansen said that malicious URLs appear in emails, phishing attacks, and sophisticated, blended threats that target multiple protocols.

“The use of web-based malware forces organizations to adopt security technologies that can address both web and messaging threat vectors to an equal degree,” said Christiansen.

Christiansen said that offering potential solutions, Zscaler's security SaaS (News - Alert) offerings provide integrated web and email security that reduces cost and complexity while improving security.

According to company officials, Zscaler launched its game-changing cloud-delivered web security service in 2008 and is now protecting millions of users in 140 countries. Customers range from G2000 enterprises to governments to SMBs.

To complement the web security offering, company officials said, Zscaler has now extended its infrastructure to also provide a deep and comprehensive email security service that provides protection against spam and malware.

"We have been a happy Zscaler web security customer," said Bob Fairclough, manager of technology services at Raritan (News - Alert) Bay Medical Center, a healthcare institution in New Jersey.

Fairclough said that replacing RBMC’s email security appliances with Zscaler's email service was almost effortless.  

He said that integrated email and web security has provided RBMC holistic reporting and common security policies as well as saved time and money.

"The new version of Zscaler gives new meaning to, and defines a new standard for, integrated web and email security services," said Jay Chaudhry, CEO of Zscaler.

"It also provides us unrivalled visibility into evolving threats across mail and Web globally," said Chaudhary.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

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