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SonicWALL adds security to app

Antony Savvas

SonicWALL has announced the availability of its new Content Security Manager 2100 CF appliance, which will help firms of all sizes block applications and data files that can drain networks of bandwidth.

The appliance can be used to block instant messaging programs, P2P and multimedia applications, all of which can take-up too much bandwidth, as well as carry viruses.

The 2100 CF can manage up to 55 categories of Internet content and also block the types of website that can needlessly use up employees’ time. The appliance can sit behind a company’s existing perimeter firewall as a second line of defence in stopping unwanted data.

New features include an on-board dynamic rating engine enabling users to obtain real-time ratings for new, unrated URLs. The device can implement flexible time-of-day features that allow access to certain categories only, at set times in the day, and policies can be managed centrally using SonicWALL’s Global Management System.

“We believe SonicWALL is entering this market at the right time,” sais Brian Burke an analyst at IDC.

“Appliances are a hot commodity because of their ease of use and, while enterprises are well-served in content filtering, there is a huge opportunity in small and medium businesses, especially for a supplier such as SonicWALL which is promising ease of set-up.”

Pricing for the Content Security Manager 2100 CF starts at £1,600, including a one year 25-user subscription to SonicWALL’s Premium Edition Content Filtering Service.

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