BURLINGTON, Mass. and KARLSRUHE, Germany, March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Astaro
Corporation today announced Astaro Security Linux 5.2, which adds the first
complete gateway-based spyware protection to its award-winning flagship
perimeter security package -- blocking both incoming spyware, adware and other
malicious applications, as well as preventing spyware from sending
confidential information outside the enterprise.
"Gateway spyware protection can greatly reduce the impact on productivity
and help preserve privacy," said Jan Hichert, CEO and co-founder of Astaro.
"Astaro is offering the first firewall-based security product that protects
clients from spyware infection attempts and prevents infected computers from
sending personal web usage data out over the internet."
Spyware and adware can interfere with work, drastically slow computer
performance, and secretly transmit information on user web surfing and
purchasing activities to hackers. One recent study by America Online and the
National Cyber Security Alliance (October 2004) found 80 percent of surveyed
computers infected, with an average of 93 spyware and adware components on
each infected system.
Desktop anti-spyware products help address the problem, but they are
difficult to manage and provide only partial spyware protection -- de-
installing detected spyware that already made its way to the system. Astaro
Security Linux 5.2 includes a full anti-spyware package protecting enterprises
from malware, adware and other malicious applications -- before they reach an
According to Gartner analysts John Girard and Mark Nicolett, "Spyware has
evolved from being an occasional nuisance to something that wastes IT user and
technical support resources, and compromises the integrity of corporate
systems, applications and data. Although many tools can eradicate the
resulting system corruption, most tools are not designed for use in corporate
environments. In the near term, IT organizations should deploy multiple tools
and plan to exploit emerging anti-spyware technologies from major security
Astaro's security technology inserts protection against spyware at the
gateway between the Internet and an enterprise's internal networks. With it:
* Spyware and adware software can be blocked before it enters the
organization and infects computers.
* Messages from spyware applications inside the organization are
intercepted before they can reach the Internet and the spyware writer's
Spyware Protection can be easily enabled or disabled from Astaro's
Availability & Pricing
Astaro's Spyware Protection is available immediately on Astaro Security
Gateway appliances, and as part of Astaro Security Linux V5.2 software, which
can be installed on Intel-compatible computers.
Current customers: Spyware Protection will be included as part of the
Astaro Secure Web subscription. Existing customers who have a Surf Protection
or Astaro Secure Web subscription will receive Spyware Protection at no extra
cost with the V5.2 Up2Date.
New customers: The Secure Web Subscription, which includes Surf Protection
(URL filtering), Virus Protection for the Web (blocks viruses in web-based
email like Hotmail and in file downloads), and now Spyware Protection, starts
at $280 for one year on an Astaro Security Gateway 110 appliance, or $345 for
one year for 10 users as part of the Astaro Security Linux software that runs
on standard Intel servers.
Astaro provides an integrated, easy-to-use network security package that
combines best of breed:
* Firewall -- with stateful packet inspection and application proxies
guards Internet communications traffic in and out of the organization.
* Virtual Private Network (VPN) gateway -- assures secure communications
with remote offices, "road warriors," and telecommuters.
* Virus Protection -- defends computers from both email and web-borne
* Intrusion Protection -- detects and stops hostile probes and
* Spam Protection -- eliminates the productivity drain of opening and
deleting unsolicited emails.
* Surf Protection (Content Filtering) -- improves productivity by
blocking inappropriate activities on the web.
* Spyware Protection -- detects and blocks spyware infection attempts as
well as spyware communication from already infected systems.
About Astaro -- http://www.astaro.com
Astaro develops a complete line of network security products including the
Astaro Security Gateway line of security appliances and Astaro Security Linux,
a software-based solution. All Astaro products offer six critical security
applications -- firewall, VPN gateway, anti-virus, intrusion protection, spam
filtering and content filtering -- fully integrated on a single management
The company is headquartered in Burlington, Mass. and Karlsruhe, Germany.
Astaro's software has won numerous industry awards, and is protecting over
20,000 networks in 60 countries, including such organizations as Blue
Cross/Blue Shield, Los Alamos National Labs, Stanford University and Watsco,
Inc. Astaro products are distributed by a worldwide network of
350 solutions partners who offer local support and services.
* John Girard, Mark Nicolett: "Fight Spyware With Tactics, Tools and
Technologies", Gartner, Inc., September 1, 2004
SOURCE Astaro Corporation