Symantec Firewall Appliance Targets Midsize Firms

By Wayne Rash  |  Posted 2004-10-19 Print this article Print

The security vendor's new Symantec Gateway Security 400 Series is designed to fit requirements for enterprises' branch and remote offices.

Symantec Corp. will announce the next member of its gateway security series on Oct. 26. The Cupertino, Calif., security vendors new Symantec Gateway Security 400 Series is designed to fit into organizations with 75 to 200 users that are part of a larger enterprise. According to George Sluz, group product manager for entry-level appliances, the 400 series is targeted at enterprises with remote or branch offices. "It works with the 5400 series," Sluz said, noting that the 400 series products can be managed on an enterprisewide basis so that thousands of the appliances can be managed from one location. "It uses the Symantec Security Management System," Sluz said, adding that this is part of SESA, the Symantec Enterprise Security Architecture.
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The 400 series differs from the earlier 300 series of security gateways in that it has the management support embedded in the device, and in the performance of the hardware itself. While Symantec recommends the 400 series devices for organizations with 75 to 200 users, depending on which model is selected, there is no upper limit to the number of licensed users. That means that a model 420 gateway wouldnt suddenly stop working when the 76th user is added, although managers might want to upgrade because of performance reasons. The 400 series gateways are intended to be more than just your usual gateway/firewall. Additional functions include centralized management, stateful inspection, iPass-compliant VPNs and an optional wireless LAN module that supports 802.11b and 802.11g. The gateway also supports features such as network address translation and DHCP [Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol] services, and it includes a 10/100 Ethernet switch. Click here to read about iPass plan to let IT managers guide mobile security. The high end of the 400 series, the 460, also can support two WAN ports with failover and load balancing. One notable feature is that the 400 series can enforce anti-virus policies. The gateway can check to make sure a remote user meets company security policies—and refuse to connect them if they do not. The Symantec Gateway Security 400 Series will be available about Oct. 25. Pricing will start at $424. Check out eWEEK.coms Security Center for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at Security Center Editor Larry Seltzers Weblog.

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Wayne Rash Wayne Rash is a Senior Analyst for eWEEK Labs and runs the magazine's Washington Bureau. Prior to joining eWEEK as a Senior Writer on wireless technology, he was a Senior Contributing Editor and previously a Senior Analyst in the InfoWorld Test Center. He was also a reviewer for Federal Computer Week and Information Security Magazine. Previously, he ran the reviews and events departments at CMP's InternetWeek.

He is a retired naval officer, a former principal at American Management Systems and a long-time columnist for Byte Magazine. He is a regular contributor to Plane & Pilot Magazine and The Washington Post.

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