Symantec unveils latest security appliances

Symantec is to release the Symantec Gateway Security Appliance 5400 Series, its latest line of gateway security appliances.

Symantec is to release the Symantec Gateway Security Appliance 5400 Series, its latest line of gateway security appliances.

The release is scheduled for 9 September and will combine firewall, intrusion detection, content filtering and antivirus technologies on a single hardware device.

Chief executive officer John Thompson has said that the products would add the ManHunt intrusion detection system (IDS) engine to the Gateway Security Appliance platform.

Symantec acquired the ManHunt technology with its purchase of Recourse Technologies in July 2002.

It cliamed the 5400 will offer better management features, tighter integration of security functions and a more attractive price than earlier editions of the Gateway Security Appliance.

Like the earlier editions, 5400 series appliances will offer high-availability features such as load balancing and clustering as well as event reporting capabilities.

The appliances will be able to scale to manage traffic from 200Mbits per second up to 3.5Gbits per second.

The 5400 line of devices will be marketed to a wide range of enterprises with everything from small office environments to geographically distributed campuses with thousands of networked systems.

The release of the 5400 is part of an effort by Symantec to raise its profile as a provider of IDS technology and integrated security solutions.

In June, Symantec announced the release of a number of products focused on IDS including new versions of the ManHunt product as well as a host-based IDS product called Intruder Alert and a "honeypot" product called ManTrap designed to lure attackers.

Integrated products like the 5400 are attractive to small and medium-sized businesses enabling them to manage multiple security products on different platforms, according to Eric Ogren, senior analyst at Yankee Group.

Symantec will do well if it can offer simplified management of the 5400 appliance and beefed up IDS with the ManHunt technology at a price that is affordable for smaller companies and that does not require "hand holding" to use the product, Ogren said.

Paul Roberts writes for IDG News Service

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