A Silicon Valley start-up is about to hit the big time with a bundling deal to help Cisco Systems keep its products secure.
Under the agreement Finjan's Surfingate application, which checks mobile code entering a network, will be included in Cisco's Pix firewalls beginning in September.
"Our plug 'n play Internet security solution combines the high performance an enterprise demands for responsive Internet access, with our patent pending content inspection security," said Bill Lyons, CEO and president of Finjan.
Internet mobile code such as Java, Java script, Activex and Visual Basic script can penetrate desktop computers from a variety of access points, including e-mail, browsers and intranets, he said.
Surfingate 4.0 inspects Java and Activex content at the gateway, away from critical resources, to identify potential hostile attacks before they enter the network.
Cisco will extend basic use of the Surfingate system with the firewall and full use of the system will require a licensing agreement with Finjan.
"We definitely have the feedback from our users that protection from the threat of mobile code is an increasing priority," said Kurt Kruger, Cisco's manager of security product marketing.
Finjan said there will be a link that describes the relationship between Cisco and Finjan as well as a full product description and tutorial.
"We are very excited about the offering," said Lyons. He added this is the first bundling agreement for the company, but he expects to have additional relationships in the future.
In addition, administrators can enable mobile code and manage, control and enforce a corporate-wide security policy for Java, Activex, Java script, Visual Basic script, plug-ins and cookies.
Lyons explained with the growth of the Internet and e-commerce that there is an increased need for multiple layers of defence.
Finjan will also continue its own Java Security Alliance which gives members a free software development kit that works with any security product to boost standards-based, interoperable security devices.
A privately held company, Finjan was founded in January 1996. The company's products include gateway and desktop engines, ranging from in-depth content inspection technology, quick scanners and run-time monitors.
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