Internet Security Systems updates BlackICE

ISS has released the latest version of its BlackICE Agent for workstations, to provide enhanced security for mobile users and corporate networks.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  December 11, 2001

ISS has released the latest version of its BlackICE Agent for workstations. The new version, version 3.1, provides enhanced security for mobile users and corporate networks, as part of the ISS protection platform.

Demand for greater mobile security has increased, as more and more people use notebooks to work from home or on the road, connecting into their own corporate networks, and exposing them to risks that can bypass measures to screen external users.

BlackICE Agent combines intrusion detection and a firewall, to detect and block unauthorised or unusual activity within a corporate environment, whether from within or from remote users with dial-in or broadband access. It also allows improved administration functions, to allow more flexible management of secure environments. The system is fully compatible with most VPN clients, including Cisco, Intel, Microsoft and Nortel products.

“While remote access can be a great enabler for extending network resources, there are numerous issues to consider in order to make it cost effective and secure,” said Greg Gilliom, vice president of product development, ISS. “A common concern is that of securing a VPN connection based on the overall security of the remote machine. Without this security, threats such as Code Red, Nimda and Goner worms can attack the remote machine and then use its VPN connection to propagate into the corporate network and all its assets. ISS’ VPN protection solution provides remote users with a direct defence against this type of malicious attack.”

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