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Belhasa knocks overpriced network hardware

Belhasa Engineering looking for lower cost, better featured firewall solutions than market leaders

UAE contractor Belhasa Engineering is on the lookout for a new hardware-based firewall and has expressed strong interest in products from security specialist Niksun.

Mostafa Raziq, IT engineer at Belhasa, said that he is considering Niksun because equipment from rivals like network giant Cisco is too expensive and lacks a comprehensive feature set.

"For example, if you want to go for Cisco based routers or firewalls, you need to pay money for every licence for every user. Niksun gives us unlimited licences with the cheapest price. It's also very hard to find everything that you need in one Cisco box," he noted.

Raziq states that the impetus for a new firewall came from Belhasa's recent implementation of a document management system from Vicisoft Technologies, which will link the company headquarters with remote sites.

"If you open your network like this for everybody to access it, you need to protect it. That's why I'm looking for something special that can help us to keep our network secure. And I want to monitor my LAN and WAN - here, the Internet is not for everybody, we only give it to certain people. If any employee tries to use the Internet behind my back - or open blocked sites - I want to catch him," he said.

Raziq noted that the Niksun product potentially fulfils all of his requirements: "It has everything. This block can block traffic and also censor the network. If there are unusual movements on the network like hacking and spamming and viruses, it will block it automatically."

He has already viewed a proof of concept from Niksun and stated it is likely to be his final choice, with a view to implementing the system before the end of 2008.

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