NETGEAR unveils new VDSL application firewall

NETGEAR introduced the ProSecure UTM25S Unified Threat Management Firewall, which provides two modular slots that fit optional interface cards, enabling IT administrators to custom-tailor the firewall to their specific connectivity requirements.

The UTM25S integrates with NETGEAR ReadyNAS network-attached storage systems, giving businesses almost unlimited activity log and quarantine capacity for forensic, regulatory and legal requirements.

The firewall delivers comprehensive Internet security as well as high-speed Internet access through a choice of WAN connections-built-in Ethernet ports, an optional VDSL modem module, or a qualified 3G USB dongle. It also offers a wireless-N access point module and is a best-in-class UTM firewall gateway recommended to support up to 25 users.

Targeted at small and medium businesses and remote/branch offices looking to make the move from a standard firewall to a UTM application firewall solution, the ProSecure UTM25S significantly extends the security of a network without the normally associated vendor complexity or costs.

In general, traditional all-in-one solutions claiming to provide enterprise-grade security protection have incorporated batch-based methods to scan incoming high-latency data, which can slow Web browsing to a crawl.

To address this, many of these solutions attempted to overcome this challenge by scanning only a select few malware file types, or by avoiding Web scanning altogether, which opened up networks to malware-based attacks. NETGEAR ProSecure UTM S solutions address this issue with the patented Stream Scanning platform, which analyzes data streams as they enter the network.

“Because of the always increasing amount of latency-sensitive Web traffic, combining enterprise-grade security into a traditional all-in-one firewall platform has proven a daunting challenge,” said Peter Newton, senior director of product management for the Commercial Business Unit of NETGEAR. “We developed the UTM25S as a direct result of customer feedback. It fills a strategic gap for customers that require all of the features of our UTM9S appliance, but have a higher volume of Internet traffic to manage.”