Cyberguard’s Snapgear Announces Major Upgrade to VPN/Firewall Appliance With Intrusion Detection System
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (January 14, 2004) – CyberGuard Corporation (NASDAQ: CGFW), the technology leader in network security, today announced general availability of the enhanced SME575, a SnapGear by CyberGuard VPN/firewall appliance with robust new intrusion detection system (IDS) features plus advanced Web proxy cache technology that dramatically improves network security and performance.
With the new intrusion detection features in the SME575, SnapGear once again proves that it is on the cutting edge of applied information security technology,? said Craig Rodenberg, vice president of information security for The Planet, one of the world’s largest managed security hosting providers with 10,000 servers under management. We rely on SnapGear to provide ultra-secure, ultra-stable network appliances.
The SME575 device, first shipped in August 2003, gives small to medium enterprises a highly integrated solution for perimeter network security and secure communication. SnapGear by CyberGuard appliances are based upon SnapGear Embedded Linux, a secure Linux distribution used in more than 20 million devices that combines the advantages of open source technology and commercial security protection. The open design allows major feature upgrades to be performed through flash memory updates that can be applied to hundreds of devices simultaneously with the SnapGear Central Management System (CMS).
“The SME575 brings best of breed open source security and networking technologies used by millions of IT professionals into a single box solution that integrates with existing storage and networking devices, said Peter Cronk, senior vice president of worldwide sales for CyberGuard Corporation. Our embedded Linux technology allows us to deliver extremely good value to the cost-conscious IT manager with scalable product family solutions that combine seamlessly with high-end equipment from CyberGuard.
The new IDS is built around the world?s most widely-deployed open source software for intrusion detection called Snort?. Snort can identify thousands of different attacks through a comprehensive signature database. Network administrators can use graphical open source tools to analyze alerts captured in the system logs to in order to locate — and quickly correct — weaknesses in perimeter defenses.
With the new Web cache proxy features powered by Squid, the most popular open source software for proxy cache, the upgraded SME575 also lets customers easily add more users to an existing Internet connection without sacrificing performance. Network users can also enjoy a significantly faster Web surfing experience.
Additional highlights include the ability to configure the appliance as either dual-WAN attachment with fail-over and load balancing or to deploy the second port as a DMZ (demilitarized zone). The SME575 holds both ICSA stateful firewall and VPNC VPN interoperability certifications, and includes IPsec peer-to-peer and PPTP client/server VPN technology.
Pricing and Availability
The SME575 SnapGear by CyberGuard VPN/firewall appliance will be available worldwide shortly at US$949. Customers who have deployed the SME575 will be able to upgrade to full IDS and Web cache by downloading version 1.9 or higher of the firmware. The free download will be available at www.snapgear.com/downloads.html. About CyberGuard Corporation CyberGuard Corporation (NASDAQ: CGFW), the technology leader in network security, provides advanced intrusion prevention solutions that protect the critical information assets of Global 2000 companies and governments worldwide. CyberGuard offers a broad line of scalable high performance firewall/VPN appliances, sophisticated security processors and accelerator products for the SSL and IPsec markets, and industry-leading embedded Linux and Linux security solutions. Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the company has branch offices and training centers around the world. More information about CyberGuard Corporation can be found at http://www.cyberguard.com. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve certain risks, uncertainties and factors, including without limitation, those described in the Company?s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, that may cause the Company?s future actual results to materially differ from the Company?s current expectations. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements. CyberGuard® and SnapGear® are registered trademarks and SnapGear by CyberGuard? is a trademark of CyberGuard Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.