Astaro Security Gateway Version 8.2 Establishes a New Generation of UTM

New features increase visibility, performance and control of networks
Mr. Jan Hichert, senior vice president, network se
Mr. Jan Hichert, senior vice president, network se
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Aug. 11, 2011 - PRLog -- Dubai, United Arab Emirates  – Astaro, a Sophos company and leading Unified Threat Management (UTM) provider, today announced the availability of version 8.2 of the Astaro Security Gateway (ASG). Chief amongst the over 60 new features or enhancements in version 8.2 are Application Control (Next Generation Firewall), Interactive Web Reporting and a new authentication agent. These new features and enhancements dramatically improve network performance while providing increased visibility and control over the network.

The new features and enhancements in version 8.2 provide organizations with the resources they need to meet the ever-changing challenges of securing a business network.  The increased control and visibility will allow organizations to make better decisions based on the company’s unique needs and network usage trends.  

“As technology changes, so too must the tools organizations use to control their networks,” said Jan Hichert, senior vice president, network security, Sophos. “With version 8.2 we once again ensure our customers can face current and future network and security challenges by offering the next generation of firewall technology - Application Control.”

Some of the new features include:

•   Astaro’s Application Control improves network visibility, blocks unwanted applications and empowers IT administrators to prioritize bandwidth usage.  This information can then be used to make educated decisions that will have the most impact on the business; molding their security policy to precisely fit how their company uses the Internet.
•   The enhanced Interactive Web Reporting tool provides administrators with a superior user experience tailored to showcase information in a way they expect to see it. Administrators will be able to save customer filters and subscribe to periodical mail reports.
•   The Authentication Agent allows administrators to authenticate users by name instead of IP address. This provides increased control over access in profiles and makes reports easier to read.
The Astaro Security Gateway version 8.2 includes over 60 other enhancements or new features. These include, support for 3G/UMTS USB modems, Form Hardening for Web Application Security, Web Filtering Safe Search Enforcement, enhanced virtualization support, SNMP v3, weighted balancing for WAN Uplink and server load balancing, group0in-group support for network groups, SSID to Access Point assignment, rebootless reconfiguration of Access points and more. Additional information about features and enhancements can be found here:

In addition to the new features available in version 8.2 of the ASG, the newest edition of the flagship Unified Threat Management solution now includes a technical preview of Astaro’s upcoming Log Management product that is integrated into the Astaro Security Gateway and available for all users to try for free.

About Astaro
With over 56,000 installations worldwide, Astaro protects business, school, healthcare and government networks against IT security threats. Astaro combines the latest technologies in all-in-one solutions that are easy to deploy and manage. Distributed by a global network of certified partners, Astaro provides complete protection for headquarters, branch offices and data centers. Founded in 2000, Astaro, now a Sophos company, continues to be a leading vendor in the fast-growing market for Unified-Threat-Management. More information can be found at

About Sophos
More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing security and data protection solutions that are simple to manage, deploy and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network access control solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers. With more than two decades of experience, Sophos is regarded as a leader in security and data protection by top analyst firms and has received many industry awards.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at

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