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Performance Enhancement For StoneGate Network Security Products

Stonesoft Networks : 19 July, 2010  (New Product)
The StoneGate range of Firewall, Management Centre and Intrusion Prevention Systems gain performance enhancements and changes to administration workflow at version 5.2
Stonesoft has announced the availability of the StoneGate Firewall/VPN 5.2, IPS 5.2 and StoneGate Management Center 5.2. The new version offers a wide range of usability and performance enhancements that streamline the network administrators' workflows as well as reduce the total cost of ownership.

The StoneGate 5.2 solution, comprising of the StoneGate Firewall/VPN, StoneGate IPS and StoneGate Management Center, takes network security management to a new level, offering a range of enhancements in policies, monitoring, logging and system administration as well as improvements in security and network integration. This automates many basic day-to-day tasks and allows network administrators to focus on fighting against new threats and deviations from regular traffic patterns.

"Businesses are growing again, as are security threats. Today's companies need agile networks that scale security and performance to business demands, while cutting out complexity. It's critical to the success of businesses coming out of the recession and it's the cornerstone of StoneGate 5.2," said Jeff Hajek, senior vice president of operations for Stonesoft, Inc.

Studies show that most security incidents are a result of human error, which result in downtime, productivity losses and remediation costs. These enhancements include improvements in performance and new fingerprinting. The daily management of intrusion prevention has been made more efficient and intuitive to reduce administrative workload, costs and the risk of human errors. In security configuration policy, the improved inspection configuration allows the administrator to easily see what threat protections are available and currently enabled. Convenient shortcuts in the logs allow the administrator to quickly eliminate false positives.

Enhancements in network administrators' workflows in StoneGate Management Centre make the management of large network environments easier and more cost-efficient than ever before. For example, the new type ahead search allows administrators to find the correct elements fast and effortlessly in any context.

The network address translation (NAT) rule links from the logs and NAT counters to help administrators identify unused NAT rules. This way unnecessary or unused rules can be deleted to keep the configuration rulebase simple and usable. These kinds of usability enhancements make the administrator's work more efficient.

A major improvement to StoneGate 5.2 is the alert thresholds capability found in the solution's monitoring functionality. By being able to set alert thresholds, administrators can be kept apprised 24/7 about recent anomalies detected in the environment. Additional enhancements include integrated who-is queries as well as appliance and geolocation status diagrams that illustrate from where specific attacks are originating.

The new StoneGate marks a new standard for always-on and high availability. It offers improved protection against denial of service attacks (DoS/DDoS). The network administrator can now limit the number of concurrent connections per destination and/or source IP address.

In addition, multicast handling has been improved through the introduction of an IGMP proxy configuration option and the new link aggregation feature allows aggregating multiple physical interfaces as one, which brings a fully fault-tolerant, robust and flexible firewall cluster.
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