In October 2010, Symantec acquired RuleSpace, a provider of Web content categorization services. RuleSpace technology powers URL filtering functionality in a wide range of security products, including endpoint security software, Web security gateways, unified threat management (UTM) devices and hosted Web security services. The offering’s mix of both real-time classification and a large pre-categorized database, together classifies Web sites into more than 90 categories in 22 languages, offering safer Internet access to millions of end users.
Symantec acquired RuleSpace technology to enhance Symantec’s enterprise Software-as-a-Service security portfolio, and to complement its enterprise and consumer Web security offerings. The technology is a component of Norton Online Family and will quickly be integrated into Symantec’s Hosted Web Security service.