M86 Security has introduced the M86 Web Filter and Reporter appliance to deliver URL filtering with real-time monitoring and reporting.

Specifically built for small and medium-sized organisations, the company claimed that M86 Web Filter and Reporter offer a cost-effective means of securing a network through one appliance, as it reduces initial expenses, server rack space and expenditures related to essential maintenance and electricity costs.

It is deployed passively rather than as a proxy, avoiding the introduction of bottlenecks or latency into the network, and employs application control by signature using signature detection to block over 125 types of streaming media, gaming, peer-to-peer, remote desktop and Instant Messaging apps such as MSN Messenger, Limewire and GoToMyPC.

Werner Thalmeier, vice president of product management at M86 Security, said: “M86 understands the economic pressures organisations, particularly small and medium-sized businesses, face on a daily basis.

“The ability for a single appliance to achieve what two or three once accomplished provides these entities with a lower total cost of ownership without sacrificing performance or compromising security.”