Product of the Day: Astaro Security Linux

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Product: Astaro Security Linux

Manufacturer: Astaro Corporation

Address: 3 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803

Telephone: 781-272-8787

Astaro Security Linux: A Complete Network Security Solution

Battling the security threats for today's network requires that you deal with hackers, viruses, and ruthless spammers. The harvesting of email addresses by spam traps, for example, is an ongoing battle for network administrators. Today's internet community sometimes is a separate dark world populated with phony addresses and rampant deception.

A new security alert is that hackers are using Microsoft .jpg graphic files to take control of target computers. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system, including installing programs; viewing, changing, or deleting data; or creating new accounts with full privileges. This is the first major vulnerability discovered involving graphics files, pretty scary stuff.

To help Network administrators, Astaro Security Linux provides an array of weapons to deliver a perimeter based security solution. This complete network security solution helps protects organizations against a wide range of threats to security and productivity. It provides six critical security applications: Firewall , Virus Protection , Intrusion Protection , Surf Protection , Spam Protection and VPN Gateway.

This multi-tactic approach lets you put in a complete network security system quickly in 30 minutes. You don't have to reinvent the wheel by assembling all the components to create your own security defense mechanisms. Astaro's software architecture is based on a "Best of Breed" software from the open source community. Some 80 Open Source projects comprise Astaro Security Linux. The software uses Snort ( for network intrusion and NetFilter ( for packet filtering. And, you all know that Linux will rule one day the security market.

This security product combines a stateful packet inspection firewall, virtual private network (VPN-IPSec/PPTP) gateway, anti-virus, content filtering, URL blocking, anti-spam, application-level proxies, high availability, load balancing, QoS and user authentication. Astaro Security Linux can detect and block viruses in both email messages (SMTP and POP3 traffic) and web pages and file downloads (HTTP and FTP traffic), unlike many anti-virus products on the market that scan email but not web traffic. Automated updates and remote administration are performed securely via the Web.

Astaro Security Linux is available as a software only solution, allowing users to make their own hardware choices. More than 350 solutions partners, including organizations such as EDS, Pyramid Computers and InfoGuard, resell the product [$390 for a 10-user license] as software or integrated with hardware as an appliance.

Hardware Requirements

  • CPU: PII > 400 MHz

  • RAM: 128 MB (256 recommended)

  • CDROM: IDE or SCSI (see HCL for supported SCSI controller)

  • Hard disk: > 5GB IDE or SCSI (see HCL for supported SCSI controller)

  • NIC: at least 2 PCI NICs (see HCL for support chip sets)

Astaro was founded in January 2000 and today is co-headquartered in Burlington, Mass. and Karlsruhe, Germany. Astaro's software has won numerous industry awards, and is deployed on over 20,000 networks in 60 countries, including such companies as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Los Alamos National Labs, Stanford University and Watsco, Inc.

You can do a simple security audit of your network by completing the Security questionnaire on the Astaro website. After that you can download a FREE 30 day trial version of the software to give it a test run.

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