Novell has developed a Linux-based "perimeter security" hardware device that protects companies against security threats such as hackers, viruses, worms, spam and network intrusions.
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The company launched Novell Security Manager at last week’s RSA conference. It is aimed at SMEs, with a starting price of $315 (£167) for 10 devices.
Jointly developed with German firm Asparo, Novell Security Manager runs a hardened, cut-down version of SuSE Linux, and integrates with Novell e-Directory for authentication and URL filtering.
Rik van Bruggen, Novell’s director of solution management and marketing, said, "It’s a firewall, a VPN intrusion and spam filter, and a content filter. This is unified threat management. The customer really doesn’t want to have to manage separate platforms and machines for each of these threats."
Van Bruggen said the reason few suppliers had combined these security features into a single device before was that the technology had not been sophisticated enough.
"Unified threat management is an emerging market. Many people are still looking at threat management as a series of isolated solutions: Checkpoint for firewalling, Symantec for virus security, and so on."
Sonicwall is one supplier that offers competition in the area of unified threat management, with security appliances that support firewall, VPN, intrusion prevention, anti-virus, content filtering and global management applications.