Netgear Tackles SMB Security with ProSecure AppliancesBy Frank Ohlhorst | Posted 2009-02-16 Email Print
The ProSecure series of Security Threat Management appliances offers e-mail and Web threat management for small businesses with enterprise security needs by combining SAAS security with on-site hardware.
Netgear’s purchase of security vendor CP Secure is starting to bear fruit, with the introduction of the STM series of ProSecure appliances designed specifically for the SMB marketplace. The STM product line blocks spam, removes e-mail-borne malware and provides protection against Web-based malware.
The STM series comes in three models: the low-end STM 150 (designed for 150 concurrent users), the STM 300 (for up to 300 concurrent users) and the STM 600 (for up to 600 concurrent users). Netgear looks to differentiate the STM series from competing e-mail security appliances, such as those from Barracuda Networks and Cisco Systems, by offering the ability to scan all Web traffic for malware, not just e-mail traffic.
Adding another security capability can impact performance and introduce latency, so Netgear addressed that concerns by scanning files and data streams in parallel, which helps to keep things speedy.
Combining e-mail security with Web security is a wise move for Netgear. The typical SMB needs both types of security and will find a single appliance solution more economical than having to integrate multiple products to meet those security needs. But Netgear could have gone a little farther than that combination by incorporating an SPI Firewall and other security features into the device. The STM series is designed to be installed between the corporate firewall and the internal LAN—that means a separate firewall/router is required to protect LANs from denial-of-service attacks, intrusions and many of the other Internet-borne threats.
In tune with the needs of small businesses, the STM appliances use a subscription-based service to keep the security features up-to-date. Combining subscription-based services with a hardware appliance offers the best of both worlds to smaller sites. An on-site appliance proves to be faster to deploy and easier to manage, while the subscription-based services provide 24/7 protection with zero-day capabilities. What’s more, the security appliance takes on a managed services flavor, which should increase its appeal to solution providers servicing small businesses.