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Cyberguard updates, rebrands SnapGear uClinux-based security products

May 20, 2004 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 4 views

CyberGuard, which acquired SnapGear in November, 2003, has re-branded SnapGear's uClinux-based network security products as the “SG series.” The company has also launched three updated Linux based SG-series devices, including a firewall/switch combination for the small office/home office (SOHO) market, and two internal… PCI-card based firewalls.


The new SG300 is a 4-port 10/100 Ethernet switch with integrated Linux-based stateful-inspection firewall and service-based intrusion detection. CyberGuard claims it to be twice as fast — or three times faster, when using encryption — than a previous version.

The SG300 can connect to broadband lines such as ADSL, cable, SHDSL, and others, as well as to narrow-band lines using a modem or ISDN. If connected to both, it can fail over to narrowband in seconds, according to CyberGuard.

The SG300 supports secure tunneling to remote networks over VPNC-certified connections, and it supports IPsec, PPTP, and L2TP with strong encryptions. It also supports remote dial-in via analog or ISDN modem.

“The SG300 is a clear price-to-performance winner for small businesses and replicated sites,” stated CyberGuard CTO Mike Wittig.

PCI-based firewalls

CyberGuard has also begun shipping two new versions of the uClinux-based firewall network cards first launched by Snapgear in March of 2003 and first marketed by CyberGuard in January.

The SG630 and SG635 cards fit into standard PCI peripheral slots and function as self-contained multi-tasking stateful firewall and VPN appliances. The SG635 additionally provides intrusion detection.

“Up to 90 percent of network attacks originate internally,” stated Wittig. “Perimeter firewalls are effective in blocking external attacks, but they cannot prevent attacks that are made by disgruntled employees. An effective security policy must include a multi-layered 'defense in depth' strategy. The SG630 and SG635 make this possible because they complement perimeter defenses with 'embedded' firewalls that provide individual protection for every corporate desktop and every Web application server in a data center.”

A full list of SnapGear's Linux-based products that have been re-branded as CyberGuard SG-series products is available here. CyberGuard also sells FS-, KS-, and SL-series network security applicances, including 13 current models that range from edge devices to core firewalls. The company also offers a central management product called Global Command Center, expected to support SG-series devices in its next release.

SnapGear maintains uClinux, along with Arcturus Networks. It released the 3.0 version of uClinux, based on the mainstream Linux 2.6 source tree, in September of last year.

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