Linux firewall from Biodata IT

By   |  March 24, 2003

IT communication and security specialist Biodata IT South Africa has added the Astaro Security Linux integrated software solution to its product portfolio. The all-in-one firewall includes e-mail virus protection, URL content filtering and reporting tools.

\”The Astaro Security Linux presents administrators with increased functionality and interesting features,\” says Biodata IT director Christian Runte. \”For instance, … it features dynamic filtering meaning different filtering rules can be applied to each IPSec VPN Road Warrior. Easy High Availability Up2Date allows you to update the standby unit from the WebAdmin of the master unit.\”.

Load balancing functionality is included in the security appliance allowing administrators to manage traffic to achieve optimal distributions. Also included is integrated Internet traffic monitoring, reporting tools as well as instant e-mail notification of alert issues.

Version 4 includes content filtering for two of the most important e-mail protocols, SMTP and POP 3, as well as HTTP.

Runte says \”financial consideration is always a factor. Businesses clearly want a quick return on their investment. An organisation will only realise the benefit of its acquisition when problems are picked up
and dealt with. If there are no security breaches, then it means the infrastructure and solution is working. This is why financial directors and IT managers often find it difficult to justify the expense of acquiring a comprehensive security solution. However, the cost of not having a security solution in place can be astronomical.\”

For more information visit www.biodata.co.za

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