November 14, 2012
Comguard Launches New Firewall gateProtect v. 9.2, Featuring Application Filtering
By Miguel Leiva-Gomez
We're living in a new century, where the most dangerous hackers aren't some script kiddies in a garage. Today's hackers are more equipped to grab sensitive data and do real damage to a firm’s information. Sophisticated hacking tools make it difficult to predict how firewalls are going to make face in the future, but ComGuard, a Dubai-based distributor for IT security solutions within the Middle East and North Africa, seems to have solved the problem.
The company has just launched a new innovative firewall that contains a very specific set of features that can trump new-age hacking methods.
For the first time, a firewall contains the ability to filter certain pieces of an application instead of blocking out URLs. Version 9.2 of gateProtect (News - Alert) contains new features that will monitor the packet data coming in and going out of a computer, and block individual packets based on the information carried.
gateProtect now offers customers a forward-looking solution to the problems the IT industry faces today, along with problems it might face in the future.
Of course, as with all its other versions, version 9.2 will also offer solid performance and stability for enterprise IT environments.
Stephan Ziegler, CTO at gateProtect, said, "Unlike just a few years ago, it is no longer sufficient today to filter data on the basis of ports and protocols and to block individual pages. Next-generation firewalls must now exercise stricter control over data packages and the information provided in them."
What he means is that today, hackers are getting smarter and including complex code in their applications that can really deal some heavy blows to a company's infrastructure if the network isn't secure.
Today's firewalls haven't solved this problem because they’re only looking at what URLs and pages a computer downloads, instead of focusing on what is contained within the data.
An application filter like the one gateProtect 9.2 has will record traffic like a packet sniffer, analyze it, and block anything that could possibly be malicious, based on what a company's IT security director sets it to look for.
With this new solution, enterprises will be more adept at deterring attacks that would have otherwise broken down its doors.
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Edited by Braden Becker