Netgear Tackles SMB Security with ProSecure Appliances

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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.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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