New Security Appliance From Astaro Provides Network Protection for Larger Organizations

All-In-One Astaro Security Gateway 420 Includes New Features;

Based on the Latest Astaro Security Linux V6 Software

Jun 28, 2005, 01:00 ET from Astaro Corporation

    BURLINGTON, Mass., June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Astaro Corporation
 ( today unveiled the Astaro Security Gateway 420 -- the
 most powerful model to date in a line of unified threat management appliances
 that provide all-in-one protection from viruses, hackers, spam and other
 threats to computer networks. Version 6 of Astaro's award winning software --
 Astaro Security Linux -- is pre-installed on the unit, which is an easily
 configured, Intel-based rack-mountable appliance.
     The Astaro Security Gateway 420 can serve a business or branch office of
 500-1000 employees, depending on applications in use, with seven forms of
 network protection: firewall, VPN gateway, intrusion protection, anti-virus,
 spam blocking, spyware protection and content (URL) filtering.
     At the heart of the 420 is the recently released Astaro Security Linux
 Version 6, which boasts improved protection for Voice over Internet Protocol
 (VoIP), increased protection from "zero-day attacks," and enhanced
 configuration options.
     "Astaro has five years of experience in developing and marketing
 all-in-one security software, and the wildly successful launch this year of
 our Astaro Security Gateway line of appliances further demonstrates that
 customers are demanding network protection that is complete, scalable and
 cost-effective," said Jan Hichert, CEO of Astaro. "The 420 is our most
 powerful system yet, providing larger organizations with expanded protection
 and gigabit throughput. With this release we double the performance range of
 our appliance line."
     "Our top priorities in a security solution were that it was absolutely
 ironclad and that it was easy to manage," said Joseph Schorr, director, Office
 of Information Technology with the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida. "Our
 Astaro Security Gateway appliance provides the tools we need to completely
 protect our network and meet all regulatory compliance in a package that
 allows us to administer everything from a single, web-based interface."
     Protection for All Types of Networks
     The Astaro Security Gateway appliances sit between the corporate network
 and the outside world and provide protection for all types of networks and all
 types of computer systems, including Windows, Linux and Unix-based PCs and
     Total Network Security in One Integrated Package
     All Astaro Security Gateway appliances offer Astaro's comprehensive, best
 of breed, fully integrated perimeter software applications. The Astaro
 Security Linux firewall, VPN gateway, and intrusion protection come with all
 models. Upgrades include virus protection, spam blocking, spyware protection
 and URL filtering. The appliances are easily configured and managed through
 Astaro's intuitive WebAdmin graphical interface. A single administrator can
 manage all seven Astaro security applications over the web via an encrypted
 link. Changes to users, groups, security policies, configurations and system
 parameters can be made quickly and easily with intuitive point-and-click
 screens. There is only one interface to learn, and one system to maintain.
     Protection includes:
     * 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
       application-based attacks.
     * 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.
     Product Specifications, Pricing and Availability
     The Astaro Security Gateway 420, starting at $8995, has an Intel Pentium 4
 3.4 GHz processor, 2 Gig DDRII SDRAM, a high-performance 74GB Serial-ATA disk
 drive for processing, caching, quarantining and logging large amounts of data
 and files, and eight gigabit ports, including four gigabit ports connected to
 a PCI-Express bus for near-line speed throughput. Its dimensions are 426 x 432
 x 43.5 mm (1U). The Astaro Security Gateway 420 will be available on July 1.
     About Astaro --
     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 seven critical security
 applications -- firewall, VPN gateway, anti-virus, intrusion protection, spam
 filtering, spyware protection and content filtering -- 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 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.
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