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Symantec's assertion that its Gateway Security appliance is the first integrated system for protecting networks was shot down at the RSA Security Conference when CacheFlow simultaneously announced its own compendium of tools, writes Eric Doyle.

Symantec's package integrates firewalls, gateway-level virus protection, intrusion detection, content filtering and virtual private network (VPN) capabilities in a low-cost package aimed at small businesses.

The CacheFlow Security Gateway includes links to Symantec and Trend Micro anti-virus software in addition to managing Web access, content filtering, Web usage, content security and network bandwidth protection.

Nigel Hawthorn, EMEA marketing director at CacheFlow, said, "The fact that two leading companies in the security space are releasing security appliances on the same day demonstrates that customers are demanding comprehensive security offerings delivered as simple-to-deploy appliances."

The Symantec portfolio differs in approach to CacheFlow's by offering the VPN and firewall products. Cacheflow's offering concentrates on authentication and access controls. Hawthorn said CacheFlow has configured its offering on the basis that most companies will have already implemented firewall and VPN capabilities.

The products address a growing awareness that tight security is a prerequisite for Web-based trade with partners, suppliers or customers. A company cannot assume that these external agencies have sufficient protection. In addition, larger business partners will want to see proof that the security issue is being suitably addressed before entering into any connectivity agreements.
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