Astaro and Utimaco to Enhance Network Assurance Via Gateway Encryption of Email

Feb 02, 2006, 00:00 ET from Astaro Corporation

    BURLINGTON, Mass., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Astaro Corporation
 ( and Utimaco Safeware AG ( today
 announced that they have entered into a broad technology collaboration
     Astaro plans to integrate Utimaco technology into its Unified Threat
 Management security architecture, and offer the world's first security
 appliance integrating strong encryption and digital signature mechanisms based
 on the S/MIME and OpenPGP industry standards. This breakthrough in Network
 Assurance -- protected, safe and clean networks businesses can rely on -- is
 targeted at small and medium-sized companies who want advanced security
 without the complexity and costs of existing technologies. Additional details
 will be announced at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany in March 2006.
     By combining Utimaco's cutting-edge email encryption technologies into its
 award-winning software Astaro Security Gateway customers will realize
 substantial savings in administrative time and effort as well as reductions in
 overall costs when compared to legacy single-purpose appliances. By delivering
 email security, web security, and network security on a single management
 platform, Astaro technology goes beyond point solutions by integrating each
 application with the others.
     Partnering with Utimaco is another important demonstration of the power of
 unified threat management platforms in general and Astaro Security Gateway in
 particular. With Astaro's solution, encryption, decryption, digital signature
 and verification are all performed on a central gateway solution allowing SMBs
 to seamlessly integrate email security technologies into an existing
 infrastructure. Demonstrating the power of integrated security appliances,
 encrypted email messages are also filtered by the Astaro Security Gateway
 appliance's virus and content scanners, thus delivering airtight security
 integration without administrative effort or cost.
     Small and Medium-Sized Companies
     As the worldwide number of e-mail messages has doubled since 2002, there
 is increasing demand for economic protection against industrial espionage and
 cost-effective filter mechanisms in business environments. "With this new
 solution, Astaro and Utimaco combine their technological expertise," said Jorg
 Horn, manager Gateway Solutions, Utimaco Safeware AG. "This agreement will be
 of significant benefit to SMB customers looking for easy-to-use, centralized
 gateway encryption instead of complicated individual solutions."
     Jan Hichert, CEO, Astaro, added: "Astaro invented the concept of Network
 Assurance by delivering the world's first open-source based unified threat
 management system. Our announcement today continues to demonstrate both the
 practical and technological advantages our UTM leadership delivers for
 businesses around the world."
     Company-wide Security Policy
     Astaro will integrate Utimaco technology in Astaro Security Gateway V7
 currently planned to be available in mid-2006. Astaro Security Gateway V7
 offers customers the choice of activating email encryption on the central
 gateway for all of the clients inside the network. Operating transparently for
 users, outgoing and incoming e-mail traffic is automatically encrypted and
 decrypted (via OpenPGP or S/MIME). Centralized security scans eliminating
 virus, spam and phishing attacks allow for a cost-effective and user-friendly
 company security policy.
     About Utimaco Safeware -
     Utimaco Safeware is one of the leading technology manufacturers of
 professional IT security solutions. The security technology and solutions
 developed by Utimaco protect the electronic data of companies and government
 bodies against unauthorized access and guarantee that business processes and
 administrative procedures in the electronic world are binding and
 confidential. Utimaco Safeware's Personal Device Security division supplies
 technologies and solutions for mobile security in the areas of high-level
 authentication including biometric techniques, encryption and integrity
 checks. Its products and solutions secure data in terminal server and Citrix
 environments, on the PC, notebook and PDA at the workplace, and on the move.
 Utimaco Safeware's Transaction Security division specializes in security
 solutions for e-business, e-government and e-payment based on its own
 technologies (telecommunications management systems, hardware security
 modules, gateways for e-mail security, authentication and digital signatures,
 Public Key Infrastructure [PKI], and PKI-enabled applications).
     About Astaro -
     Astaro develops a complete line of network security products including the
 Astaro Security Gateway software and Astaro Security Gateway line of security
 appliances. All Astaro products offer nine critical security applications in
 three categories - Web Security, Email Security and Network Security - fully
 integrated on a single management platform. The company is headquartered in
 Burlington, Mass. and with facilities in Karlsruhe, Germany. Astaro's software
 has won numerous industry awards, and is protecting over 25,000 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.

SOURCE Astaro Corporation