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Better control equals better network security

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Channel Data, the distributor of Cyberoam identity-based unified threat
management appliances, has released the latest version of Cyberoam firmware,
designed to offer greater control over web surfing activities in corporate
and education environments.

Mike Hamilton, Channel Data MD, says users will now be able to block access
to more than 500 000 dubious websites hosted over the SSL (Secure Sockets
Layer) communications protocol – a predecessor to transport layer security –
which has allowed more than 150 million serious corporate network breaches
on a global basis since 2005.
"Users of legacy networks need to be brought up to speed as far as
protection from risks associated with data leakage, the spread of malicious
content and unproductive, time wasting web downloads through web-based proxy
sites and applications," he says.
"With SSL encrypted traffic comprising a significant percentage of all
traffic still going through corporate network gateways, it can result in
sizable security holes in the network fabric as it opens users to SSL-based
proxies that bypass most existing content filtering solutions.
"With Cyberoam's new firmware installed, users will now be able to update
their security by increasing their web database categories to reflect – and
counter – emerging surfing trends."
Hamilton says web usage studies reflect a significant rise in traffic to
HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol)-based online radio, TV and video content
in addition to downloads of software and other utilities for mobile phones.
"In addition to its existing ability to block uploads of files and feeds
over HTTP, Cyberoam's content filtering system has added a host of new URL
categories, giving it one of the most comprehensive databases with which to
thwart those who gain access to unproductive, time-wasting and often
dangerous web sites in corporate time."
"Cyberoam now offers greater granular control and provides detailed
information about HTTP uploads along with user names, enabling audit
controls to support corporate compliance requirements," he adds.
Complementing this new offering, Channel Data has introduced Cyberoam IPS,
designed to prevent any possible spyware on the network from sending out
sensitive data. It also gives details of the infected PC (or PCs) with user
and spyware application names, helping network managers to take immediate
corrective action.