Another brick in the Wall

SonicWall has released an integrated security appliance for the small business market, offering protection against attacks originating both inside and outside a company.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  February 27, 2005

SonicWall has introduced the PRO 1260 security and switching appliance, which it is aiming at the small businesses and branch office market. The device combines deep inspection firewall, IPSec VPN, gateway anti-virus, intrusion prevention, and content filtering capabilities with a wire-speed, 24-port auto-sensing MDIX Layer 2 switch. The rackmountable security appliance ships in an unrestricted node configuration and supports SonicWall’s portfolio of security services. The vendor sees the solution providing the convenience of a scalable, all-in-one solution with low total-cost-of-ownership. SonicWall claims the device offers a powerful deep packet inspection firewall and protects against malicious attacks at all layers of the network, whether they originate from outside or from internal sources. Integrated gateway anti-virus and intrusion prevention support secures the network from the core to the perimeter against a comprehensive array of dynamic threats including viruses, worms, Trojans, software vulnerabilities such as buffer overflows and spyware programs, as well as peer-to-peer and instant messenger applications, backdoor exploits, and other malicious code. The device also incorporates wizards designed to simplify device configuration, VPN set-up and public server configuration. It also supports Dynamic Domain Name Service (DDNS), which the vendor claims reduces the costs associated with hosting e-mail servers, web servers and site-to-site VPN by allowing the use of dynamic IP addresses. The optional port can also be configured as a demilitarised zone (DMZ) for public facing servers or internet resources. The PRO 1260 can be centrally managed as part of a distributed network deployment using SonicWALL’s award-winning Global Management System software.

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