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Quick Takes: New VPN takes pass on firewall

Edward Hurley, Assistant News Editor

Check Point releases new firewall-less VPN product

Check Point Software Technologies announced this week VPN-1 Net, a new standalone virtual private network product aimed at branch offices and remote locations. Additionally, Ramat Gan, an Israel-based company is renaming its VPN-1 Gateway integrated firewall/VPN product VPN-1 Pro.

VPN-1 Net has all the networking capabilities of VPN-1 Pro but without a firewall. The product works with firewalls from Check Point and other makers. VPN-1 Net is well-suited for companies that want to install VPNs in smaller offices to replace wide area networks, said Greg Smith, CheckPoint's director of product marketing.

Unlike other VPN products that price based on number of users, pricing for VPN-1 Net is based on the number of VPN tunnels. Pricing starts at $1,000 for five tunnels. The software will run on a PC or an appliance.

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Sophos takes guess work out of safe computing

UK-based Sophos recently announced new threat reduction features that help prevent companies from previously unseen viruses and e-mail-aware worms. In addition to protecting customers from more than 73,000 known viruses at the email gateway, MailMonitor for SMTP v1.1 also enables corporate customers to automatically activate additional safe computing precautions.

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Sanctum's AppShield 4.0 protects against application-level attacks

Sanctum, Inc. has unveiled AppShield 4.0, the next generation of Sanctum's patented application security firewall. Through its patented Dynamic Policy Recognition Engine technology, AppShield automatically and intelligently identifies the legitimate requests made of an e-business site and permits only those actions to take place, enforcing the Web and business logic of the site.

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