Novell appliance takes security to the edge


Novell appliance takes security to the edge

Arif Mohamed
Novell has developed a Linux-based "perimeter security" hardware appliance that protects companies against security threats such as hackers, viruses, worms, spam and network intrusions.

Novell launched the Novell Security Manager at last week's RSA conference. It is aimed at small and medium-sized businesses.

Jointly developed with German firm Astaro, the appliance runs a hardened, cut-down version of SuSE Linux and integrates with Novell eDirectory for authentication and URL filtering.

Rik van Bruggen, Novell's director of solution management and marketing, said, "It is a firewall, a virtual private network intrusion and spam filter, and a content filter. This is unified threat management - the customer really does not want to manage separate platforms and machines for each of these threats."

Van Bruggen said the reason few suppliers have combined these security features into a single device previously was that the technology has not been sophisticated enough.

"The unified threat management market 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 another supplier that offers unified threat management, including security appliances that support firewalls, VPNs, intrusion prevention, anti-virus, content filtering and a global management system applications.

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