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Postini taps ScanSafe for Web filtering

New service to scan Web traffic for viruses, spyware and adware is slated to be available in the third quarter.

Postini is expanding further beyond its e-mail security roots. The San Carlos, Calif.-based hosted messaging security provider on Monday plans to announce a partnership with ScanSafe to add Web filtering to its menu of services, a ScanSafe representative said. Postini expanded into the instant-messaging security area last year through a deal with IMlogic, now part of Symantec. The new Web filtering service should be available in the third quarter.

ScanSafe is a Web filtering specialist with customers including Conde Nast and BMW. The London-based company already has partnerships in place with companies such as MessageLabs, a Postini rival. ScanSafe technology scans Web traffic for viruses, spyware and adware and also allows filtering based on Web addresses, which means a customer can block access to specific Web sites. To use the services, a customer would route Web traffic through a Postini data center.