With protecting remote and mobile PCs on its mind, Vancouver-based Absolute Software launched a new offering on Thursday.

The software, AbsoluteFirewall – which is available on its own or as part of the company’s Computrace Technology Platform – is a centrally managed network security solution, said Mark St. Quintin, vice-president product management in Vancouver.

“AbsoluteFirewall extends perimeter hardware defences to remote and mobile users when outside the corporate firewall,” he said. “It secures enterprise resources when these same PCs reconnect to the corporate network.”

The offering is Web-based, allowing customers of the security services company to manage their wireless devices from anywhere on mobile or handheld PCs.

“With the increasing number of mobile and remote workers today, machines are being taken outside of the corporate firewall more and more. As a result they are exposed to Internet threats when they are outside the perimeter firewall,” St. Quintin said. “A product such as this, protects them when they are outside the perimeter firewall.”

CEO John Livingston said that the AbsoluteFirewall ensures the protection is in place to make sure virus and malicious codes don’t get into the computer in the first place.

AbsoluteFirewall is now available. The price per unit for the firewall offering is US$39.95. Absolute Software is on the Web at www.computrace.com.