Authentium Acquires Leading Desktop Security Technology

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Leading security software integrator acquires leading desktop security technology; Authentium Extensible Security Platform network expands to include 25,000 schools, millions of student desktops.

West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) July 8, 2005 – Authentium, Inc., the global leader in extensible security software, today announced that it has acquired the core technology behind Foolproof Security®, the market-leading desktop security product distributed by Riverdeep, a leading publisher of educational software, and used by more than 25,000 schools worldwide.

“We are seeing a growing need for integrated, comprehensive security in the education market”, said John Sharp, Authentium’s Chairman and CEO. “By adding the technology behind Foolproof Security to our Extensible Security Platform, we are now able to offer an integrated desktop security suite that is unparalleled in the education market.”

The Authentium ESP Extensible Security Platform for Education is a service-oriented approach to network security that enables fast procurement and deployment of end point security applications from a wide range of vendors.

The platform, which has already seen large-scale adoption at major ISPs, such as Comcast, Cox Communications, and Bresnan Communications, is designed to inter-operate with virtually any vendor program or directory service. Designed to enable large-scale integration of third party security software, the ESP extensible platform supports more than thirty vendor applications, and multiple operating systems.

“The addition of Foolproof Security to our Extensible Security Platform has received a very positive response from educators.” stated Doug Brunt, Authentium’s President. “Security threats and computing environments are growing more complex, and real-dollar budgets are falling. The Authentium Extensible Security Platform will enable school administrators to choose from a comprehensive range of affordable, reliable software, and pay as they go, on a subscription basis.”

The technology behind Foolproof Security adds proven end point “behavior blocking” technology and file system protection capabilities, plus system configuration protection, and unauthoirzed file download, MP3, IM and chat program blocking to Authentium’s patent-pending TSX™ service hardening technology. Designed to operate on all Windows computers, the technlogy enables schools to vastly reduce labor costs and classroom downtime, prevent resource misuse (such as unauthorized use of printers, paper, and other materials), and minimize hardware replacement costs.

More than 25,000 schools are currently protected by products powered by Authentium ESP-compliant technologies, including Foolproof Security®, distributed by Riverdeep, the Command Antivirus range of desktop, server and gateway virus protection products, and Authentium’s latest offering, the Extensible Security Platform, which includes fully-integrated desktop antivirus and antispyware.

Current customers of Foolproof Security are welcome to call the Authentium call center with support questions, or visit the Authentium web support center at

About Authentium, Inc.

Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, Authentium develops core service hardening and application defense technologies, and data interception and data analysis technologies. Authentium is the leading provider of extensible security services and technologies to independent software vendors, software publishers, and managed security providers. One of the fastest-growing privately-held companies in the security software industry, Authentium also provides services to more than 2,200 direct enterprise, telecommunication, and education customers worldwide. For more information about Authentium, please visit


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