[ISN] Symantec unveils new security appliances

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Date: Tue Oct 09 2001 - 04:22:45 PDT

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    By Robert Lemos
    Special to CNET News.com 
    October 8, 2001, 12:10 p.m. PT 
    Security software maker Symantec announced Monday a new line of
    drop-in network appliances to protect companies against Internet
    attackers and to secure communications between offices.
    Known as the Symantec Firewall/VPN Appliances, the three new products
    allow companies to add baseline security to their branch offices and
    encrypt all data between the company and small-office networks
    connecting through a virtual private network (VPN). A VPN uses
    encryption to securely connect two private networks over the Internet.
    The technology is more secure than a dial-up connection and cheaper
    than buying a dedicated communications line.
    "There are many smaller businesses that are becoming more and more
    dependent on the Internet," said Barry Cioe, director of product
    management for Symantec's firewall and virtual private-networking
    products. "They are realizing that, with the number of hacks on the
    Internet, not only is their data vulnerable, but they can be used as a
    jumping off point for other attacks."
    The three new security appliances are designed to spearhead Symantec's
    attack on the small-office and branch-office security market.
    Each appliance has a "stateful" firewall that can detect network
    attacks that use several pieces of data to compromise a computer, the
    ability to establish an encrypted connection between two gateways, and
    intrusion detection features. An analog modem port also allows the
    devices to use a dial-up connection in the event that the broadband
    network goes down.
    The appliances have some limited intrusion detection abilities,
    matching data signatures against a list of known exploit codes used by
    hackers to compromise machines. While the current list is
    semipermanently fixed in the product, future models will allow a more
    easily modifiable list, Cioe said.
    The Symantec Firewall/VPN 100 is aimed at small corporate branch
    offices with a single connection to the Internet and an integrated
    four-port switch for the local network. The Symantec Firewall/VPN 200
    adds reliability with a second connection to the Internet and eight
    switched ports to connect for local PCs and servers.
    For small offices, the Symantec Firewall/VPN 200-R adds the ability
    for clients to connect directly to the gateway using Symantec's
    virtual private-networking software.
    Cioe said that the product fills a niche that low-end router companies
    have not moved into and that high-end security appliance companies
    have ignored.
    "When we went out to put this together, we talked to customers to find
    out what needs were not being met," he said. "There are a lot of
    home-office products out there, routers with some security or a
    firewall, but they didn't have business features."
    List prices on the Symantec Firewall/VPN 100, 200 and 200-R are $499,
    $899 and $1,199 respectively.
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