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Japanese MVNO offers XP users a tiny, Linux-based firewall

Nov 6, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Linux security device vendor Arxceo says its tiny Linux security appliance was used by Japanese MVNO JCI (“mobile virtual network operator”) as the basis for the “Personal IPS” (intrusion prevention system), which aims to protect Windows XP laptops connected via WiFi, Ethernet, or JCI's PHS network.

JCI acquired Arxceo in February, in a deal valued at up to $15M. The Personal IPS is the first joint product release for the two companies.

The Personal IPS will by marketed as part of JCI's B-Mobile service offering. B-Mobile services include Internet access via JCI's virtual PHS (personal handyphone system) network, as well as through a WiFi network of over 850 hotspots. The IPS can protect Windows XP systems regardless of which network connection type they are using, Arxceo says.

Rather than scanning traffic for known virus signatures, the Personal IPS uses patented algorithms aimed at spotting “zero-day attacks” — security lingo for viruses released into the wild before or concurrent with their discovery.

Arxceo CEO Don Davidson stated, “Our unique anti-reconnaissance design and extremely efficient traffic analysis offers the best anomaly-based security option for networks, wireless access points, and now our first end-point PC-based implementation.”

Israel-based Yoggie Security Systems recently unveiled a similar Linux firewall for Windows XP PCs, the Gatekeeper (shown at right).

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