National Background Data Adapts Astaro for IT Security

BURLINGTON, Mass. — November 10, 2003 – Astaro (, makers of the popular Astaro Security Linux, an all-in-one Internet security software appliance, today announced that National Background Data, LLC (, a leading provider of criminal information databases for the background screening services industry, is deploying Astaro Security Linux for their perimeter defense needs, including protection of its critical SQL servers that run the company’s data warehouse, the lifeblood of its business.

“We replaced our current security solution in favor of Astaro’s,” said Randy Lastinger, Director of Network Operations for National Background Data. “A few of the more notable reasons for our decision to upgrade to Astaro were their advanced features, superior functionality, better security, and cost-related benefits. In particular, the DNAT policies are a lot stronger with Astaro,” said Lastinger.

“In addition to a more user-friendly environment, Astaro’s Port scan alerting and detection features were enhancements not available to us through our prior provider,” Lastinger said. “A more flexible VPN, affords us the ability to interoperate with Cisco and Symantec and other security providers without a hitch. Running multiple Astaro firewalls in our facilities, NBD continues to address most of today’s Microsoft vulnerabilities at the front end,” he continued. “Astaro provides for load balancing across our database, VLAN and web server networks. It is clear to me that Astaro understands the true meaning of enhanced assistance and we are glad for the opportunity to extend this new relationship,” said Lastinger.

Astaro Security Linux is available for a free 30-day trial at

About Astaro

Founded 2000 in Karlsruhe, Germany and now co-headquartered there and in Burlington, Mass., Astaro is the provider of Astaro Security Linux, one of the most effective, reliable and affordable perimeter security products available. With more than 10,000 installations in over 60 countries, including organizations as EDS, Los Alamos National Labs and Stanford University, its solution integrates firewall, VPN , content filtering, anti-spam, URL filtering and virus protection on a single, rapidly configured, automatically updated “software appliance.” Astaro builds its products on cutting-edge Open Source software.

About National Background Data, LLC

NBD’s mission is to help the professional background screening industry determine whether applicants have undisclosed criminal records and convictions, by providing efficient, fast and economical access to the most comprehensive and accurate private collection available of statewide and county criminal records. NBD’s web-based application permits cost-effective and efficient multi-jurisdiction screenings, allowing more thorough background checks. NBD markets its database products exclusively through a nationwide network of more than 200 professional background screening company affiliates and other strategic partners.

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