GFI issues case study about manufacturer's use of DownloadSecurity

October 29, 2003 - 12:00

THERMO-KOOL/Mid-South Industries, Inc. protects its network against viruses, Trojans and malicious content in downloaded files through GFI DownloadSecurity for ISA Server, a content security product that controls what files enter the network via FTP and HTTP and ensures they are virus-free and not malicious. This deployment is detailed in a new case study issued by GFI.

“A multiple-layer defense against virus attacks and malicious content”
In the case study, Chris Moss, Accounting & IT Manager at THERMO-KOOL, explains that he began seeking a downloads security solution when he came across GFI’s security testing zone and ran the site’s free security tests to check how well-protected his network really was against viruses, worms and other malicious content.

Mr. Moss identified the need for a product that provides content checking and antivirus protection for downloads. This product had to integrate with Microsoft ISA Server. “Microsoft ISA Server gave us the ability to integrate with Active Directory. This enables us to limit Internet access by groups,” Mr. Moss explained.  “Also ISA is much more extensible.  We can add additional ‘plug-ins’ to provide content checking, and other features.”

THERMO-KOOL’s choice fell upon GFI DownloadSecurity, which was built from the ground up to work with ISA Server.  “We were impressed by GFI DownloadSecurity and preferred its features over those of other products. The inclusion of multiple virus engines, content rules and scanning before items were saved on the network were huge plus points,” Mr. Moss pointed out. “Also, the fact that the files were checked during downloads was crucial to us.”

Describing the product’s key benefits, Mr. Moss said: “GFI DownloadSecurity is cost-effective as it enables us to license by authorized Internet user, rather than by the entire Active Directory user list. Also, GFI DownloadSecurity provides us with a front-line defense against threats at the firewall. It provides us with a multiple-layer, three virus engine defense against virus attacks and malicious content.”

The full case study can be viewed at

About GFI DownloadSecurity for ISA Server
GFI DownloadSecurity for ISA Server enables administrators to assert control over what files users download from HTTP and FTP sites, and content checks all downloads for malicious content and viruses. GFI DownloadSecurity includes multi antivirus engines, to guarantee higher detection rate and faster response to new viruses; the ability to quarantine downloads based on file type and user; a Trojan & Executable Scanner, to detect malicious executables; network-wide blocking of Java applets and ActiveX controls; seamless integration with Microsoft ISA Server; and more.

Users do not notice GFI DownloadSecurity until they download a file: Then GFI DownloadSecurity displays a download progress dialog box and the download proceeds. Once the download is complete, GFI DownloadSecurity scans the file for viruses. If the file has no viruses and does not trigger a rule set by the security administrator, the user receives it immediately. If the file triggers a rule, it is put into quarantine for administrator approval. Once approved, the file is sent to the user as an email attachment or link. If the file is rejected, the user is notified. More product information and the freeware version can be found at

About THERMO-KOOL/Mid-South Industries, Inc
THERMO-KOOL/Mid-South Industries, Inc. is a leading US manufacturer of custom walk-in refrigeration and freezers based in Laurel, MS, with over 100 employees.

About GFI
GFI is a leading software developer that provides a single source for network administrators to address their network security, content security and messaging needs. With award-winning technology, an aggressive pricing strategy and a strong focus on small-to-medium sized businesses, GFI is able to satisfy the need for business continuity and productivity encountered by organizations on a global scale. GFI has offices in the US, Malta, UK, Hong Kong and Australia which support more than 200,000 installations worldwide. GFI is a channel-focused company with over 10,000 partners worldwide. GFI is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. More information about GFI can be found at