eSoft aims to address apps-based threats


eSoft aims to address apps-based threats

Applications-based threats have become an increasing source of attack on all firms, but especially smaller organisations, and to combat these eSoft, a provider of integrated Internet security and content management solutions, has launched a Firewall/UTM appliance costing just over £500.


Designed for networks of up to 25 users, the new InstaGate 404e is designed to protect  organisations from Internet-borne malware, in addition to providing anti-spam, email filtering, web site filtering, IM and peer-to-peer (P2P) application control and secure IPSec VPN connectivity to remote sites and mobile workers. 


Unlike most Firewall/UTM appliances on the market, the InstaGate 404e is designed to protect organisations from the latest threats brought on by Web 2.0, AJAX and other advanced application-layer technologies.  This is enabled through eSoft’s proprietary Bi-modal scanning technology, which features both proxy and packet-based scanning.


 According to Scott Lukes, eSoft’s vice president of marketing and product management, traditional Firewall/UTM devices tend to be packet-based, which means they do not have the capability to incorporate mail transfer agents (MTAs) into their devices, nor can they fully proxy for mail protocols like SMTP/POP3 or web protocols such as HTTP/HTTPS. He added, “As a result, these devices are not able to offer full services such as anti-spam or web content filtering. Instead, they tend to ‘front-end’ for external cloud-based services, which can add latency and open up additional security holes in the network.”    


InstaGate 404e Internet Security Gateway is available immediately and pricing starts at £518.

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