FaceTime Communications, a provider of solutions intended to secure, manage, and extend IM and P2P applications, has announced two security initiatives. Both initiatives are aimed at mitigating the growing risks of unmanaged IM and P2P use: the FaceTime Instant Response Security Team (FIRST) and a free process for enterprise customers called VAST (Vulnerability Assessment Survey and Test). In addition, the company has announced the immediate availability of RTGuardian 2.0, an IM and P2P security gateway appliance.
FIRST is a specialized intelligence and response organization addressing the proliferation of new IM and P2P protocols and the growing frequency of IM and P2P-related information security attacks. FIRST is comprised of FaceTime's team of IM and P2P protocol analysis and security experts working from the company's U.S. and Indian locations to monitor, analyze, and report on malicious IM and P2P-related activity on a global scale. The team will deliver documented countermeasures to the IT community at large while providing FaceTime customers with automated product updates to defend against the latest attacks.
The second of FaceTime's security initiatives is the VAST service, designed to help FaceTime customers and prospects identify and resolve network weaknesses that may render them particularly vulnerable to external IM and P2P attacks as well as employee misuse of IM and P2P behind the firewall. The free FaceTime service, available to current and prospective customers, is driven by a consultative discovery process that evaluates an organization's existing policies, procedures, and products. The evaluation is followed by specialized testing for real-time communication based vulnerabilities, the results of which are compiled by FaceTime's team of security specialists into a report and a set of recommendations.
FaceTime also announced the immediate availability of RTGuardian 2.0. RTGuardian 2.0 is designed to double the security capabilities previously provided by FaceTime's RTG500TM by detecting and blocking over 40 IM and P2P protocols and applications for the broadest level of protocol support in the industry. Among the 20 new protocols added are Azureus, BitTorrent, eMule, and Koala DC. Competitive offerings provide a false sense of security with support that extends to only a handful of protocols, allowing users to switch from a P2P file-sharing application that has been blocked to another one that has not.