Astaro boosts net security

German Internet security solution specialist, Astaro, has launched its latest Linux-based firewall service along with a range of modified web protection packages at Gitex 2003.

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By  Rhys Jones Published  October 20, 2003

German Internet security solution specialist, Astaro, has launched its
latest Linux-based firewall service along with a range of modified web
protection packages at Gitex 2003.

The vendor recently upgraded the firewall solution to include a central management platform and security policy management features, and plans to add an intrusion protection system in due course. "We are presenting the Linux-based firewall this week; an all-in-one solution including anti-virus protection, surf protection and spam control," says Achim Kraus of Astaro.

The firewall is being targeted at the small to medium sized enterprise (SME)market. The appliance runs on a hardened version of Linux, which the vendor says makes it suitable for most platforms.
Other features include user authentication, user definable service and
network groups, denial of service (DoS) protection and Portscan detection.

Astaro's overall security package contains an anti-virus module provided by Kaspersky Labs and protects users of Astaro's perimeter security software from the Blaster worm (aka Lovsan, MSBlast or Poza) and a new variant,according to the vendor.

The latest strain of the Blaster virus is a copy of the original and is aimed at causing internet slow-downs and regional disruption of access to the web, although Astaro claim to have the bug beaten.
"Users of Astaro Security Linux can rest assured," says Jan Hichert, CEO of Astaro. "Through our close relationship with Kaspersky and frequent update schedule, anyone who has the latest version of ASL and the virus protection option is protected against both MSBlast and the new variant," he adds.

Meanwhile, Astaro is also using Gitex in a bid to expand its distribution network in the Middle East."We are using Gitex 2003 to look for partners, distribution companies and re-sellers," says Kraus.
"We have been quite successful in Asia developing business and finding new partners and we are looking to do the same in the Middle East," he adds.

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