|Founded||St. Petersburg, Russia (February 1, 1999 )|
|Products||personal firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti-spam|
|Employees||50 (2008) |
Agnitum Ltd was founded in 1999 in St. Petersburg, Russia as software company. In 2000 Agnitum hired 2 developers and increased the number of staff people to 20 until 2002. Agnitum was originally focused on anti-trojan and PC connections monitoring solutions targeted on Windows PCs users. The company is now known mostly as a personal firewall and Internet security products provider. Outpost Firewall Pro, the flagship product of the company, was released in 2002 altogether with its freeware solution (updated once in 2009). Agnitum's products are mostly consumer-oriented, taking into account licensing Agnitum's products technologies to several national security software publishers.
Agnitum was established as software producer in 1999 in St. Petersburg, Russia by two students of Baltic State Technical University.
Distributing own software online as shareware, Agnitum has sold their niche software. After entering in 2002 to the PC's firewalls market Agnitum software has become rather popular.
In 2002 Agnitum began to formally implement an international distribution strategy, putting in place agreements with partners for the major European markets as well as Germany, Italy, Spain and Poland. Between 2003 and 2006 Agnitum strengthened its European, American and Far East market positions.
The personal firewall engine of the company became the basis of company's products and thus it was integrated into several other firms' security solutions. Partnering with IT security vendors to provide them personal firewall and anti-spyware technologies, in 2003-2006 Agnitum has announced contracts with anti-virus solutions vendors (as whole re-branded software or part of the vendor's suite): Sophos (UK, USA), Lavasoft (Sweden), Novell (USA), VirusBuster (Hungary) and others.
In 2006 Agnitum had criticized Microsoft OneCare Firewall - Agnitum claimed it leaks when faced with all but the simplest attacks by programs that test firewalls for leaks. Agnitum's Chief Software Acrhitect posted its less-than-glowing assessment of Microsoft's Windows Firewall, part of the company's entry into the security software business.
in 2006 Agnitum has entered in strategic alliance with VirusBuster, experienced anti-virus vendor from Hungary. Agnitum have aimed to enter the market of Internet Security suite solutions to compete with anti-virus vendors (Kaspersky, ZoneLabs, etc.) who already had integrated personal firewalls into their personal security solutions (mostly they were personal anti-viruses with additional spyware, adware, spam and web content filtering engines).
In 2007-2008 Agnitum finally entered the market of anti-virus solutions. Its anti-virus products began participating of international and domestic test labs tests as Virus Bulletin's VB100 and Anti-Malware.ru's anti-virus tests, and Outpost Firewall Pro was tested by the leaktests and killtests at independent research portals.
In 2009 and 2010 Agnitum released 2 freeware editions for its Outpost software - Outpost Firewall Pro (Free edition) and Outpost Security Suite Free to continue competition with well-known ZoneAlarm, Comodo and other free PC firewall vendors.
First Agnitum's software were anti-trojan tool Tauscan  and PC connections monitoring tool Jammer.
Anti-trojan software, Tauscan, has occasionally achieved attention of the media and received some awards. Jammer was focused on detecting and blocking attacks from hackers; so it was a prototype for the Outpost Personal Firewall, launched simultaneously in “Free” and “Pro” versions in March 2002.
Free Firewall product has significantly influenced for the awareness of Agnitum's solutions, and Outpost Firewall Pro began to pick up awards very soon after its launch.
Users and reviewers alike commend the Agnitum for offering a range of optional extras in the way of third-party plug-ins that enabled users to customize Outpost protection to their particular needs (Outpost had open architecture until 4.0 version release in autumn, 2006).
In 2005, the company launched its first networked product which added network support and central management controls to the Outpost Firewall Pro technology.
In May 2007 Agnitum has released combined Internet Security suite solution — Outpost Security Suite Pro (OSSP). It was proactive solution on the basis of Outpost Firewall, Agnitum Anti-Spam and licensed Anti-Virus combined with Agnitum's Anti-Spyware.
In October, 2007 Agnitum has released Microsoft Vista-compatible Outpost "2008" products. Outpost Firewall Pro began to pass leak-tests and kill-tests in Matousec Transparent Security Firewall Challenge project, independent project for Proactive Security Software testing.
In late 2007 Outpost Anti-Malware engine (Anti-virus + Anti-spyware) was integrated with scan boost technology SmartScan, which improved scanning speed after first scans if no signature update occurred. Agnitum's solutions also started passing Virus Bulletin tests obtaining VB100 certifications.
In March, 2008 standalone Outpost Antivirus Pro was released.
Outpost Pro product line has also 4 major releases since July 2008 - 6.5 ("2009 release"), 6.7 (Windows 7 compatible edition) in July 2009, 7.0 in May 2010 and 7.1 in February 2011.
In 2009 Agnitum has released updated freeware solution for Outpost Firewall Pro and centrally managed solution for SMB with integrated anti-virus and USB block engines.
At the moment, Agnitum's security products are available in the following languages: English, German, French, Spanish and Russian (by default). There are also lot of localized Outpost software versions like Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Japanese, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, Turkish, Dutch and Brazilian Portuguese.
Agnitum's firewall, anti-spyware and anti-virus engines became almost the independent products. Several IT security companies were licensing Agnitum's technologies, and integrate it into their own products. The list of companies who made publicity for the licensing: - Novell (for Novell OS client security agent) - Sophos (for corporate edition's client agent) - Bullguard (for Internet Security solution) - Lavasoft (for personal firewall's client agent) - CAT/QuickHeal (Indian anti-virus solutions vendor, for Total Security solution)
- Official English language website
- Official Russian language website
- Official English language weblog
- Official Russian language weblog
- Sophos to use Outpost Frewall technology from Agnitum
- Novell Client Firewall was based on Outpost Pro from Agnitum