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Network security management with intuitive interface

Stonesoft Networks : 27 May, 2008  (New Product)
StoneGate Management Centre 4.3 enables network managers to control their resources and maintain security policy levels from one console
Stonesoft introduces StoneGate Management Centre 4.3 for advanced unified management. The product offers enhanced visibility and control over network security in both traditional and virtual network environments.

The new StoneGate Management Centre offers a fully customisable, graphical monitoring portal, an executive summary on the network security status and a real time view over the network. The product lowers the threshold for security administrators to start protecting virtual environments, because they can be managed exactly like regular network security appliances. This enables organisations to start protecting their fast growing virtual environments immediately.

"StoneGate Management Centre allows unified management of all StoneGate security engines through one single interface with superior usability features", says Klaus Majewski, Vice President of Marketing at Stonesoft. "Unified management means that the administrator can view the whole security network at once: physical and virtual appliances, software elements, and now also StoneGate SSL VPN appliances. In practice, enhanced usability means that while maintaining an overview of the status of network security, drilling down into single events such as log entries, modifying the related configurations and detecting security gaps is easier than ever before. Administrative procedures become faster, easier and more efficient - saving resources, nerves and costs."

The new StoneGate Management Centre 4.3 offers organisations an ideal tool for efficiently managing their network security and availability. Network administrators can literally see the network from their desk. They can view diagrams about system components and their connectivity, as well as the status of these connections, benefiting from a clear, real-time overview of the current situation.

The graphical monitoring view shows the network status with simple colour coding. When the colours change from green to red, the administrators know that there is a problem. With the optimised workflow provided by StoneGate Management Centre, administrators can quickly drill down to the problem directly from the graphical view, fix the error and return to the monitoring state.

The product validates security configurations, highlights defective rules and unintended security gaps. The advanced rule base validation tool helps detect configuration mistakes and optimise security rules. Fast discovery and solving of errors saves costs and results in high customer satisfaction.

Achieving regulatory compliance requires a lot of time and resources, but StoneGate Management Centre 4.3 provides excellent tools for offering fast and accurate information to auditors. Comprehensive audit reports contain information from logs and audit logs, including detailed inventories about engines and administrators, lists of used security settings and summaries about system changes. The advanced search functions help auditors to find what they are looking for. This reduces the time required for audits and brings substantial cost savings.

The new hardware monitoring tool integrated in StoneGate Management Center provides detailed information on hardware status including interface status and settings, disk space, CPU temperatures, fan speeds and voltages. This allows remote problem solving and reduces maintenance costs.

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