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Microsoft starts shipping network perimeter security product

Antony Savvas

Microsoft has begun shipping the Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) 2007, a security product that combines firewall technology with the Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA Server).

The product adds secure sockets layer virtual private networking (SSL VPN) and web application firewall product obtained in the acquisition of Whale Communications in July 2006 to the ISA Server software.

It is the latest security offering from Microsoft, which has already launched anti-virus and anti-spyware products, a firewall for both Windows XP and Vista, and an anti-phishing tool in Internet Explorer.

When integrated, the IAG 2007 technology productss provide a single, consolidated appliance for network perimeter defence, remote access, endpoint security management and application-layer protection.

Charles Kolodgy, an analyst at IDC, said, “Web-based remote access is becoming ubiquitous for companies big and small. With the need to provide access from diverse endpoints to multiple applications, it is imperative that enterprises have remote access solutions that can meet expanded connection and security needs.”

He said, “Microsoft’s Intelligent Application Gateway provides the functionality companies require while incorporating Microsoft’s standard licensing model.”

IAG 2007 is now available in pre-installed and configured appliances manufactured by Celestix Networks and Network Engines, now sold through a wide range of reseller partners.

To meet the needs of security resellers and make SSL VPNs more affordable for all customers, Microsoft says it has simplified the pricing and licensing for IAG 2007, covering the gateway, optimisers and connectors.

Related article: Keep watch beyond the perimeter

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