Norman Data Defense Systems Releases Norman Virus Control For Content Vectoring Protocol Based Firewalls Powered By Norman Sandbox

Comdex, Sweden. January 21, 2004 – Leading Norwegian IT security company Norman Data Defense Systems, today announced the release of Norman Virus Control for Firewall-1 Next Generation using the popular Content Vectoring Protocol (CVP) developed by Check PointTM Technologies.

Internet-based probes and attacks are a fact of life on today’s networks, never before have computer viruses and worms wreaked so much havoc and caused so much damage as in this past year. In January 2003 Slammer received high media coverage but this was topped by the MSBlaster and Sobig.F attacks in August/September which caused billions of euros in damages and clean-up costs. This went so far as to shake the Internet’s backbone and slowed down travel, halted emerging calls, and knocked out ATM machines.

Norman Data Defense Systems has a strategy to secure customers at the perimeter before traffic can enter or leave the organisation. This includes solutions to scan files for viruses or other harmful content as they pass through perimeters such as firewalls.
Norman Virus Control for Firewall-1 NG works seamlessly together with other CVP compliant firewalls including Nokia Firewall and Sun Microsystems iForce VPN/Firewall among others. The CVP defines a client/server relationship that enables different firewall systems to share a common content validation server like the Norman Virus Control for FW-1 NG.
By scanning viruses, worms and Trojans hidden in web-, file transfers and email attachments (HTTP, FTP and SMTP) passing through the firewall, Norman Virus Control stops viruses and malware before they can compromise corporate security.
The content checking module includes Norman SandBox, a virtual environment to simulate servers and network services. This provides an environment where possible virus infected executables “run” just as they would do on a real system. When execution stops, the Norman SandBox is analysed for changes. The SandBox is particularly tuned to find new email-, network- and peer-to-peer worms.
“This is a very powerful, yet simple, tool to install at the perimeter of a company network to check all communications into and out of the organisation. We believe companies having a security policy in place were perimeter protection is a part of this plan will reap the benefits and cost savings compared to those who implement security after a crisis. Increasing use of e-communications and tighter legislation have meant that content scanning systems have become a prerequisite for today’s businesses and virus scanning plays a key role within this.” says Audun L?¸demel VP Marketing and Business development.

Pricing, specifications and availability
Norman Virus Control for FW-1 Next Generation pricing starts at € 750 (25 users); pricing includes Norman Virus Control for FW-1 Next Generation module and one year maintenance.
Norman Virus Control for FireWall-1 NG running on Windows 2000 SP2, Windows XP SP1 or higher with Check Point TM FireWall-1, NG FP31 or higher, FireWall-1 NG Feature Pack 3 or higher or FireWall-1 AI.

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