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Symantec unveils security appliances

Symantec Corp. has rolled out a new line of firewall appliances, the Symantec Gateway Security 5400 Series.

The 5400 series includes three appliances that enable organizations to increase performance and throughput from 200 megabits/sec to 3.5 gigabits/sec. Pricing starts under $4,000.

The series includes intrusion- prevention functions for stopping both known and unknown types of attacks without blocking legitimate network traffic. For intrusion detection, the appliances use Symantec's ManHunt anomaly detection engine, which identifies new and unknown attacks by analyzing network traffic. Other functions include an integrated full inspection firewall for deep packet inspection; antivirus, antispam and Internet content filtering; and integrated virtual private networking.

Foundstone thwarts cyberthreats

Foundstone Inc. recently added a new threat correlation module to its suite of vulnerability management software.

Instead of generating long, jargon-filled lists of potential threats, the module offers an at-a-glance interface to simplify vulnerability assessments, according to Foundstone officials.

The module lists threat events, including worms, high-risk vulnerabilities and coordinated attacks reported by Foundstone Labs. Then, the correlation engine determines the unique threat profile for an organization's asset inventory, which includes items such as operating systems and network services that could be vulnerable to threats. The results are presented in a color-coded scoring system, supplemented by a numerical risk score.

IT managers are alerted to the risks that need to be addressed immediately and the ones that can be fixed at their leisure. n

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