New UTM from Kerio Technologies Offers Strong Protection from Evolving Internet Threats
Kerio Technologies today unveils the latest evolution of its gateway security product line, Kerio Control. Building upon Kerio WinRoute Firewall’s 13-year heritage, the new UTM server solution and software appliance offers network administrators complete network security and a wealth of tools to manage user access and optimize performance. Equipped with an embedded IDS/IPS engine, Kerio Control provides comprehensive management of rapidly evolving security threats.
Front and center in the new product are its Intrusion Detection and Prevention capabilities (IDS/IPS). Based on industry standard Snort technology, Kerio Control’s IDS/IPS classifies and stops attacks against servers, applications, clients and infrastructure components. An integrated three-level threat rating system allows a graduated response to each incident based on the severity of the threat. The signature database used for traffic analysis is enhanced by the included IP blacklists.
“At Triton, we have always been extremely happy with the Kerio’s straightforward user interface, easy VPN, and detailed reporting,” says David Denchik, President of Triton Technical, a premier IT consulting firm and a Kerio Certified Partner from Seattle, WA. “The new Kerio Control introduces both IDS and MAC address filtering which are both welcome additions that will enable us to meet client requirements without purchasing separate hardware or software. We are particularly excited about Kerio’s implementation of IDS and the ease of support of having this feature integrated in one solution.”
Kerio Control comes with a fresh new Web Administration console, raising the standard for manageability of security and UTM products. The Web Administration has the look and feel of a true desktop application, making the enforcement of sophisticated network policies a snap for most IT administrators, a startling difference compared to the management tools of other UTM appliances.
Kerio StaR, the cornerstone data analytics component of Kerio Control, interprets and displays network activity in a variety of comprehensive views, to assist in identifying security threats, traffic patterns, and performance bottlenecks. Just like the new Web Administration, Kerio StaR is accessible from any browser, giving managers instant insight into the web behavior of every single employee or user in their network. The database-driven Kerio StaR gives administrators useful trend reports based on historic data, allowing them to view and inspect changing usage patterns and take swift action on any emerging network abuse.
Kerio Technologies is transitioning to new anti-virus and anti-malware technology partner, Sophos. Kerio Control 7 is the first Kerio product to ship with an embedded high-performance Sophos anti-virus engine that provides the option to scan to all inbound and outbound web, email and FTP traffic for malware. While Kerio Control provides numerous plug-ins for other commercial and open-source anti-virus products, Sophos is a recommended option for every customer installation of the new UTM as it provides a seamless experience and painless setup.
ICSA labs certified as a Corporate Firewall, Kerio Control provides both network and application layer security. Kerio Control puts special focus on the client-to-server VPN, providing an unparalleled choice of VPN clients for all major platforms – Mac, Windows, and Linux. Kerio VPN Client works with practically any combination of operating system versions, giving modern organizations tremendous flexibility in the way they deploy VPN to their users.
“Kerio Control 7 is the elaborate execution of a very simple idea – a gateway security product that provides seemingly endless options, yet all are very easy to implement,” says Scott Schreiman, CEO of Kerio Technologies Inc.
Whether deploying as a hardened Linux software appliance or a certified Windows application, Kerio Control can run on 32-bit and 64-bit server or workstation systems. The Kerio Control 7 software appliance can turn any PC into a dedicated UTM appliance using the ISO image, while the specially designed virtual appliance for VMware can be easily imported into existing virtual environments to maximize ROI on existing IT equipment.
The Kerio Control server license starts at USD$255 and includes 5 users, with 5-user packs starting at just USD$120. Unlike most competitors, Kerio has no added fees for VPN clients.
Kerio Control is available for download immediately with a 30 day unrestricted evaluation period.
About Kerio Technologies, Inc.
Innovating in Internet security since 1997, Kerio Technologies, Inc. provides Internet messaging and firewall software for small to medium-sized businesses and organizations worldwide. Kerio is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has offices in New York, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Russia. Kerio is a member of CalConnect, a calendaring and scheduling consortium; a premier member of the Apple Developer Connection; and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner. Kerio has more than 4,400 business partners in 108 countries. Technology partners include Sophos, eSoft, and Notify Technology Corporation.