Establishing the company
Agnitum was founded in St Petersburg, Russia, in February 1999 with the goal of delivering security software for PC users that is effective yet easy to use — not an easy balance to achieve. The first products, Jammer and Tauscan, were focused on detecting and blocking attacks from hackers; Tauscan was successful enough to be awarded an Editor’s Choice rating by PC Magazine US in May 2000 — quite a feat for a small Russian developer with no US operations.
As Internet-borne threats became more complex and diverse, the Jammer code evolved to become the first version of the Outpost Personal Firewall, launched simultaneously in "free" and "Pro" versions in March 2002. Shortly after this, Agnitum began to formally implement an international distribution strategy, putting in place agreements with partners for the major European markets.
Outpost Firewall Pro began to pick up awards very soon after its launch, and has continued to this day to be one of the most highly acclaimed personal firewall products on the market, largely because it has continually adhered to the company’s goal of combining ease of use with high levels of protection. Users and reviewers alike commend the company for offering a range of optional extras in the way of third-party plug-ins that enable users to customize Outpost protection to their particular needs.
In 2005, the company launched its first networked product, Outpost Office Firewall (soon renamed as Outpost Network Security) which adds network support and central management controls to the Outpost Firewall Pro technology.
In March 2007 Agnitum announced the release of its free anti-spam product Spam Terrier 1.0. This plugin for Microsoft mail clients was soon followed by a key milestone for Agnitum — the release of the company’s first all-in-one security solution, Outpost Security Suite Pro, which provided a personal firewall, a combined antivirus and antispyware module, antispam, and robust integral host protection.
In March 2008, Agnitum extended its range by launching the antivirus element of Outpost Security Suite Pro as a standalone product — Outpost Antivirus Pro. In the summer of that year, the entire product range was updated to Outpost Pro 2009, reflecting the rapidly-changing nature of the online security threat landscape. Spam Terrier was also updated to add compatibility with the popular The Bat! email client.
Building on Outpost Security Suite Pro 2009 as the preferred client solution, Agnitum delivered a completely reworked business solution in Spring 2009 — Outpost Network Security 3.0. The new product gave businesses solid, market-tested end point protection with additional defenses against the unauthorized use of USB drives and flexible centralized management controls.
In the same timeframe, the company updated its Outpost Firewall Free offering, enabling all PC users to experience the power of the core Outpost firewall technology, regardless of ability to pay.
The company also delivered its first Software as a Service (SaaS) offering in Spring 2009. The Outpost AntiVirus Service is currently providing anti-virus and firewall protection to ISP customers on a subscription basis in Russia, Ukraine, and several Middle Eastern countries.
In May 2010 Agnitum unveiled Outpost 7 product line (Outpost Security Suite Pro, Outpost Firewall Pro and Outpost Antivirus Pro 7.0) which added a new layer of security by addressing complicated ID theft techniques and safeguarding locally-stored personal data (such as passwords cached by browsers, electronic wallets, etc.) from misuse and corruption.
Later in November the company delivered the first fully functional yet free security suite — Outpost Security Suite FREE 7.0 which encompassed all essential features of modern data protection — antivirus, antispyware, firewall, proactive protection, antispam, web control, etc. In February 2011 Outpost FREE 7.1 was released to reduce the number of limitations as opposed to the PRO version — the product added on-demand virus updates and the German language support, among other tweaks.
Agnitum’s security solutions continue to evolve and meet the changing demands of customers, in terms of security threats, platform support, and preferred delivery channels. Look for further advances to the Agnitum product range as changes in the threat landscape appear over the coming years.