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Thursday, March 18, 2004

Symantec to launch network gatekeeper

Symantec plans to introduce a series of secure networking appliances that it hopes will help it pick up more small business customers.

Each product in the Gateway Security 300 Series will include six integrated security functions, along with an option for a secure wireless access point for LANs (local area networks), according to Symantec.

The devices integrate firewall, intrusion prevention, intrusion detection, antivirus policy enforcement, content-filtering and VPN capabilities.

They are designed to analyze information packets and their destinations, to block malicious packets, to monitor computers for viruses, and to automatically update Symantec antivirus software.

Each appliance also includes an automatic-dial back-up feature, designed to ensure that a company’s Internet connection isn’t lost if a main broadband connection falters.

The products will hit the market in late April, with a starting price of about $400 for the low-end models, such as the Gateway Security 320, which can accommodate roughly 50 users, according to Symantec.

Posted on 03/18