Novell tightens Internet borders at Brainshare

At its annual Brainshare user conference here on Monday, Novell Inc. plans to roll out an upgrade to its BorderManager security management product designed to secure and monitor access to the Internet.

Continuing the Provo, Utah-based company's push to Web-enable all its products, Border Manger 3.7 includes Web-based firewall administration, which is designed to simplify the configuration and maintenance of a corporate firewall.

Another feature in Version 3.7, virus request blocking, helps guard against HTTP viruses such as Code Red and Nimda by recognizing and reacting to the traffic patterns of those viruses, according to Novell officials.

In addition, BorderManager 3.7 expands VPN client support to Windows XP and ME workstations, and will ship with a personal firewall designed to enhance security for remote users and workstations.

To update Internet filtering capabilities of BorderManager, Novell teamed up with third-party vendor SurfControl, which provides a content database that can track and monitor a company's Web activity and helps restrict access to inappropriate Web sites, Novell officials said.

BorderManager 3.7 is scheduled to ship in April, Novell said.

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