Detica Group Plc’s new StreamShield Networks Ltd subsidiary is teaming up with SurfControl Plc to help with the software for its first hardware-based internet content security product.
The Guildford, UK-based IT consulting and services provider announced the formation of StreamShield earlier this month promising a new approach to preventing worms, viruses, malware, spam, phishing, and abusive content.
The StreamShield hardware technology is based on Field Programmable Gate Arrays, but the company still needs some help with content security software and has turned to SurfControl to incorporate the Congleton, UK-based company’s URL Category List database engine.
The URL Category List covers six protection groups to scan for viruses and blended threats, malicious applications, legal liability, confidentiality and privacy, asset protection, and productivity. It includes 45 categories and 130 subtopics, covering 7.5 million sites and 1.3 billion web pages.
The database will be offered through StreamShield’s Protector hosted managed service for resale by services providers, which will be launched next month, and will eventually be included in the StreamShield Content Security Gateway networking product, which is due to enter testing in the first half of 2005.
Based on the emerging FPGA technology combined with SurfControl’s URL Category List, StreamShield’s products will be able to process over 5,000 emails per second and 250,000 web page requests per seconds, according to the company.