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Removing complexities that threaten network security



The complexity of network security management, combined with shrinking IT budgets, is the number one threat facing network security today. According to Gartner “more than 99 percent of firewall breaches are caused by misconfigurations rather than firewall flaws.” This is a challenge for today’s large organizations which frequently have as many as 15 different security products and hundreds of devices – ranging from firewall/VPN appliances to load balancers – within its infrastructure. Because many of these devices don’t work well together and must be managed across a geographically dispersed network, this can substantially increase the potential points of failure across the network.

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StoneGate 5.0 offers a long list of groundbreaking features that deliver simplified, proactive network security and reduced network management costs. A few of the new features include:

  • Third-party Event Management: The StoneGate Management Center 5.0 provides the first platform for proactive network security management of entire networks, including physical and virtual environments, as well as third-party device events. This gives organizations access to real-time device monitoring, event correlation, logging and reporting of the switches, routers and security appliances from different vendors across their networks. As a result, administrators can significantly streamline troubleshooting and incident management time.
  • End-Customer Domains: StoneGate 5.0 enables management of different customer environments with a single management server – a major development for large organizations and MSSPs challenged by the administration and cost of managing multiple servers for each domain. Since configurations can be shared across domains, administrators can quickly make configuration changes or reuse configurations.
  • Enhanced Rule-base Optimization Tools: StoneGate 5.0 simplifies security policy management through a unique set of rule-base optimization tools. With these tools administrators can easily detect unused and redundant rules and optimize rule order to enhance network and security performance. In addition, rules can be created directly from logs for faster incident management.
  • Web Portal: With StoneGate 5.0, administrators and MSSPs’ customers gain Web portal access to policies, logs and reports anytime, anywhere and from any device. In addition, MSSPs can create customized user interfaces for their end-customers.
  • Geographic Pinpointing of IP Addresses: StoneGate 5.0 allows organizations to see real-time visual geographical representations of network traffic to quickly spot anomalies and attacks.


Today’s organizations are facing a double-edged challenge – how to improve network security with fewer resources. StoneGate 5.0 removes the complexities that threaten network security as we know it today. Just as importantly, the TCO reductions that StoneGate 5.0 delivers will be instrumental in helping organizations succeed in this recessionary climate.

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