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Unified threat management for smaller businesses.

ZyXEL Communications : 08 April, 2008  (New Product)
Low cost unified security gateway range from ZyXEL opens up the world of unified threat management (UTM) to small and medium sized enterprises.
ZyXEL Communications releases its Unified Security Gateway (USG) products, the USG300 and USG1000. The new products provide small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with the next generation of Unified Threat Management (UTM) technology that delivers enterprise-level advanced security at a fraction of the total cost of ownership (TCO).

UK SMBs are undergoing significant changes. The range of security threats they face is increasing as a result of a rise in the use of hosted applications, a growth in VoIP adoption and employee use of Web 2.0 services such as Facebook and Instant Messenger. Government legislation encouraging remote working has also increased the number of Internet 'break-outs' - unless properly secured these break-outs provide opportunities for hackers, and unauthorised network access.

The USG range enhances ZyXEL's existing range of security products. It has been designed for the larger mid-size enterprises and enables them to manage a security policy across multiple 'branch' offices and a considerable number of remote workers via a single device. In addition to simplifying threat management the USG hardware also removes the need for individual firewalls to be located at each individual 'break-out' - dramatically reducing capital cost and TCO and increasing ease of scalability.

ZyXEL's new USG technology helps SMBs fight all of these potential threats with functionality like embedded hardware encryption, and robust hybrid VPN support, SSL or L2TP for the securing connections. They also have inbuilt WAN failover support to guarantee the resilience of the business to branch infrastructure.

ZyXEL's ZyWall and UTM devices remain a cost effective solution for smaller SMBs looking to protect their corporate network.

Lee Marsden, sales director at ZyXEL explains, "UK SMBs are facing new and increasingly virulent security threats, on an almost daily basis. Often they struggle to effectively combat these threats because of technology or budget.

"ZyXEL's new USG devices simplify the task of protecting an entire SMB's, increasingly distributed, network, while reducing the total cost of ownership and reducing the number of devices deployed."

Rob Bamforth, principal analyst at Quocirca comments, "Even more employees are now working from a variety of locations and business can no longer rely on the protection of a firewall alone. SMBs need to be able to simply configure security to meet their individual demands and enable them to focus on their growth, with the peace of mind that their network is protected against the broadest variety of threats."

ZyXEL's USG products are fully certified ICSA SPI Firewalls and IPSec VPN devices enabling SMBs to establish secure communication tunnels between multiple locations, such as remote branch offices, business partner sites, and even unreliable hotel hotspots. Communication channels are securely encrypted so that information leakage and data theft can be mitigated while transmitting confidential information over insecure networks such as the Internet.

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