SAN FRANCISCO, March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- UntangleⓇInc., a security software and appliance company, announced the release of version 12 of its award-winning NG Firewall software today at the RSA Conference 2016. Untangle NG Firewall version 12 is the evolution of the network security platform designed specifically for the needs of small-to-medium businesses, schools, nonprofits and government agencies.
NG Firewall delivers a comprehensive solution for content filtering, malware and threat protection, secure Wi-Fi, application control, bandwidth optimization, virtual private networks and more. Untangle combines Unified Threat Management (UTM)—to address all of the key network threats—with policy management tools that enable administrators to monitor, manage and shape internet traffic. NG Firewall's fully customizable industry-leading reports provide administrators an unprecedented level of insight into what's happening on their networks across all applications by user, group, time of day and more.
The NG Firewall platform is designed to work like an app store. Apps are plug-ins that add functionality, just like apps on a smartphone. Though each app has a different task, like blocking spam or preventing virus infections, all of the apps work together via the powerful, flexible Integrated Rules EngineTM (IRE). Using deep packet inspection at the application layer, NG Firewall's proprietary Virtual PipelineTM technology replaces the inefficient application proxies found in competitive products. Data flows through all applications in a datastream, allowing NG Firewall to perform better and faster with fewer resources, even with a large number of applications. This performance boost enables it to run on less powerful, less expensive hardware, ideal for the SMB environment.
"Version 12 gives customers a radically improved administrative interface experience," said Dirk Morris, founder and chief product officer at Untangle. "Its revolutionary, responsive dashboard is unlike anything available from competitors. Custom configurable widgets give IT administrators unprecedented visibility into and control over the traffic on their network. And the dashboard can be accessed anytime, anywhere from any internet-enabled device."
The dashboard is a new way to look at the data available in the Reports app, as well as acting as a single pane of glass providing security alerts and insight into system performance. Some of the pre-configured widgets available in the dashboard include:
- System and hardware information
- Network interfaces
- CPU load, memory resources, server resources
- Hosts & devices
- Alert events
- Web Filter usage
- Bandwidth Control top hostnames
Administrators can add to or replace these widgets with custom widgets they can create using any of the data available in Reports.
Version 12 also brings a fresh look to the administrative interface which is now simpler, cleaner, faster and more responsive on mobile devices. This enables busy IT administrators to keep tabs on their network anytime, anywhere directly from their smartphones. There are now four global tabs available in the administrative interface: Dashboard, Apps, Config, and Reports. These tabs provide quick, easy access to all reporting and management features.
With version 12, Untangle has further extended the capabilities of the NG Firewall platform to integrate with the Untangle Cloud, an intelligence infrastructure that powers the onsite instances of NG Firewall with global insights from threat intelligence metadata. Virus Blocker is the first app to utilize the Untangle Cloud, performing a cloud scan concurrently with a local scan, resulting in greater protection against zero day and emerging threats. Additionally, version 12 uses the Untangle Cloud to improve email deliverability, ensuring that administrative alerts aren't missed.
Version 12 Major Features
In addition to the 360° Dashboard and the integration with the Untangle Cloud, version 12 also includes these major features:
- Device awareness for Internet of Things security. Version 12 adds a Device List which tracks devices on the network by MAC address and gathers pertinent data about them, enabling administrators to create rules and alerts to manage them.
- Faster Reports, now with Google Drive storage. Version 12 logs five times the number of events per second on the same hardware and features Google Drive integration for offsite data storage for daily logs as well as configuration backup.
- Greater support for third party hardware. This allows customers to choose between using their own servers or a turnkey Untangle appliance.
- HTTPS Inspector has been renamed SSL Inspector. It now scans SMTP over SSL, enabling Spam Blocker, Phish Blocker and other apps to inspect this traffic.
- IPsec VPN now has the ability to create GRE tunnels (normal and encrypted with IPsec) to remote sites.
- Modernization and improved usability of the Spam Blocker email quarantine interface.
Pricing & Availability
Untangle NG Firewall version 12 is available as a free download. Current Untangle customers will be able to upgrade seamlessly at no charge. For more details about the release, please visit untangle.com.
Join Untangle's NG Firewall version 12 community webinar on March 10, 2016. Founder & chief product officer, Dirk Morris, will discuss the updates and new features in this release and provide a live demonstration. Attendees should register early; space is limited.
Title: NG Firewall v12 Community Webinar
Date: March 10, 2016
Time: 10 AM PDT
Untangle is an innovator in cybersecurity for the below-enterprise market, safeguarding people's digital lives at home, work and on-the-go. Untangle's integrated suite of software and appliances provides enterprise-grade capabilities and consumer-oriented simplicity, bringing a new generation of smart security to homes and small-to-mid-sized businesses. Untangle's award-winning network and endpoint security solutions are trusted by over 400,000 customers, protecting nearly 5 million people, their computers and networks around the world. Untangle is headquartered in San Jose, California. For more information, visit www.untangle.com.