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Plug and Play Network Security

Stonesoft Networks : 17 June, 2011  (New Product)
Mass Security appliance from Stonesoft provides easy set-up network security solution for distributed organisations with remote offices

Stonesoft introduces a new, revolutionary solution for the mass deployment, tuning and upkeep of network security. The StoneGate Mass Security solution has been designed to meet the security needs of small branch and remote offices and/or unattended locations. The solution provides substantial savings for highly distributed organisations with limited IT resources.

The new features offered by the StoneGate Mass Security solution include Plug & Play installation, firewall element creation wizard, the possibility to define the initial policy for single firewalls as part of the initial configuration as well as improved scalability. The installation process does not require any synchronisation between the HQ administrator and the remote office - the shop clerk or office manager can just plug the firewall appliance in, without the need for security competence or external resources.

“One of the biggest challenges in security has always been the need for personnel resources. The installation and configuration of security systems requires expertise and time, and there is always the risk of human error. We wanted to solve these challenges and offer a cost-efficient, easy-to-use solution that can be rapidly deployed at even unattended locations and does not require any technical competence”, says Antti Kuvaja, director of product management at Stonesoft Corporation.

“The demand for mass security will grow as IP networks continue to spread to various locations, services and machine-to-machine environments. And as the number of appliances grows, also the importance of centralised management becomes increasingly important”, continues Kuvaja.

The organisation’s network security administrator can create the elements for hundreds or even thousands of remote firewalls in a few minutes and send the initial configuration to the installation cloud. The configurations are stored in the cloud, waiting for the initial contact from the appliance. Once the firewall appliances are shipped to the remote site and the cables are plugged in, the appliances automatically contact the installation cloud and ask for their initial configuration. The cloud sends the configuration to the appliance, which then contacts the centralised management server and receives the predefined security policy.

The new Plug & Play installation, Installation Cloud and Initial Policy Push features introduced in the StoneGate 5.3 version streamline the installation process. In addition, the tuning and upkeep of the appliances is extremely efficient. Unified policy management and fail-safe, automatic updates and upgrades minimise the time and resources required for administration and maintenance.

The StoneGate Mass Security Solution is faster, easier and safer compared to point security solutions typically used at small remote and branch offices. StoneGate Mass Security is also more cost-efficient as initial installation, tuning and upkeep require just a couple of minutes per engine annually and all configurations can be done centrally, without the need to travel and visit each office on site.

As part of the StoneGate Mass Security solution, the patented Multi-Link technology provides secure and redundant connectivity over multiple ISP/CSP connections. Enabling organizations to ensure the optimal Internet connection at highly competitive prices, StoneGate Multi-Link is an attractive alternative to more expensive point-to-point solutions such as Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS).

The StoneGate Mass Security solution is complemented by the new StoneGate Express Firewall FW-105 appliance family. The appliances provide a cost-efficient way to deliver security to hundreds of branch and remote offices. The StoneGate Express FW-105 offers enterprise level security in a compact package, optimized for the needs of retail chains, consumer electronics, prepaid sales kiosks, global hotel chains, healthcare services, ATM, vending or gaming machines, or any distributed organizations with multiple small sites.

StoneGate Express Firewall FW-105 is designed for ease of management and features low resource consumption. The appliance is available with or without ADSL & Wifi.

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