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StoneGate Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) provides a convenient way to examine traffic in trunk lines between switches

Reading, UK – 24 June 2008 – Stonesoft, an innovative provider of integrated network security and business continuity solutions, today introduced the new StoneGate IPS 4.3 for protecting internal networks and operating systems from malicious traffic. The revolutionary serial clustering technology employed in new StoneGate appliances delivers superior scalability and increases IPS throughput by up to 60 percent.

“A typical scenario where our StoneGate IPS stands out for its flexibility and scalability is during the use of etherchannels between switches on internal trunk networks. When grouping physical links, to create one logical Ethernet link to provide fault-tolerance and high speeds, security is often compromised because firewalls cannot operate between etherchannel links. StoneGate IPS is an ideal solution for such locations. It can be installed between etherchannel links to provide the same access control functionalities and level of security as a firewall”, said Klaus Majewski, VP of marketing at Stonesoft.

In addition to advanced intrusion detection and prevention functionalities, the StoneGate IPS provides access control features, which allows it to be used as a combined firewall and intrusion prevention appliance. Operating transparently to other network devices, it can be used flexibly anywhere in the internal network, even on trunk lines between switches.

While trunk lines have to manage heavy traffic loads, the performance of security systems has to be scalable to keep up. Installed in a series, StoneGate IPS appliances will scale the performance up to 60% with each new cluster node. With 10 Gbps network interfaces, StoneGate IPS-6100G1 the newest member of the StoneGate high-end appliances, can inspect the traffic in modern 10 Gbps environments.

While migration to the new IPv6 protocol is still progressing at a relatively slow pace, it is becoming increasingly crucial in internal networks. For example, Microsoft Vista automatically attempts to use IPv6 addresses, whenever these are available. Consequently, full internal network protection is only achieved if the intrusion prevention system can inspect IPv6 traffic and its encapsulated formats over IPv4 and IPv6, like StoneGate IPS solution does.

Availability

StoneGate IPS 4.3 is available for shipping at the end of June 2008.

About Stonesoft Corporation

Stonesoft Corporation (OMX: SFT1V) is an innovative provider of integrated network security solutions to secure the information flow of distributed organisations. Stonesoft customers include enterprises with growing business needs requiring advanced network security and always-on business connectivity.

StoneGate™ secure connectivity solution unifies firewall, VPN, IPS and SSL VPN blending network security, end-to-end availability and award-winning load balancing into a unified and centrally managed system. The key benefits of StoneGate secure connectivity solution include low TCO, excellent price-performance ratio and high ROI. The virtual StoneGate solution protects the network and ensures business continuity in both virtual and physical network environments.

StoneGate Management Center provides unified management for StoneGate Firewall with VPN, IPS and SSL VPN. StoneGate Firewall and IPS work together to provide intelligent defense throughout the enterprise network while StoneGate SSL VPN provides enhanced security for mobile and remote use.

Founded in 1990, Stonesoft Corporation is a global company with corporate headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and Americas headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit www.stonesoft.com.

For more details, please contact:

Stonesoft Corporation
Klaus Majewski
Vice President of Marketing
Tel. +358 9 476 711
E-mail: klaus.majewski@stonesoft.com

Media contacts:

Prompt Communications on behalf of Stonesoft
Tel: 020 8996 1646 / Out of hours: 07780 687813
stonesoft@prompt-communications.com

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