Security Gateway version 8.2 includes over 60 other enhancements or features, including support for 3G/UMTS USB modems.
Astaro, provider of unified
threat management solutions, announced the availability of version 8.2 of the
Astaro Security Gateway.
Chief among the over 60 new
features or enhancements in version 8.2 are Application Control (Next
Generation Firewall), Interactive Web Reporting and a new authentication agent,
according to Astaro, a Sophos company. The new features and enhancements are
designed to improve network performance while providing increased visibility
and control over the network.
Security Gateway version 8.2
includes over 60 other enhancements or new features. These include support for
3G/UMTS USB modems, form hardening for Web application security, Web filtering
safe search enforcement, enhanced virtualization support, increased IPS
performance by up to 250 percent, SNMP v3, weighted balancing for WAN Uplink
and server load balancing, group-in-group support for network groups, SSID (service
set identifier) to Access Point assignment, rebootless reconfiguration of
Access Points and VPN performance increases.
"As technology changes, so
too must the tools organizations use to control their networks," said Jan
Hichert, senior vice president of network security at Sophos. "With version 8.2,
we once again ensure our customers can face current and future network and
security challenges by offering the next generation of firewall technology:
Some of the other features
include Astaro's Application Control, which improves network visibility, blocks
unwanted applications and empowers IT administrators to prioritize bandwidth
usage. This information can then be used to make educated decisions that will
have the most impact on the business-molding their security policy to precisely
fit how their company uses the Internet. The new engine is up to 100 percent
faster than the IM/P2P control engine in previous versions.
In addition, the enhanced
Interactive Web Reporting tool provides administrators with an upgraded user
experience tailored toward how they expect to see data and toward the information
they are looking for. Administrators will be able to save customer filters and
subscribe to periodical mail reports.
Finally, the Authentication
Agent allows administrators to authenticate users by name instead of IP address
to provide increased control over access in profiles and make reports easier to
The new features and
enhancements in version 8.2 are engineered to provide small and midsize
businesses with the resources they need to meet the ever-changing challenges of
securing a business network. The increased control and visibility will
allow organizations to make better decisions based on the company's unique
needs and network usage trends, the company said in a statement.
In addition to the new
features available in version 8.2 of the Astaro Security Gateway, the newest
edition of the company's unified threat management solution also includes a
technical preview of Astaro's upcoming Log Management product. It is integrated
into Astaro Security Gateway, and users will be able to try it out for free.