October 7, 2008

New Stonesoft Firewall Provides Remote Offices With Next Generation Functionality and Increased Internet Performance

Stonesoft, an innovative provider of integrated network security and resilient connectivity solutions, today introduced the StoneGate FW-310 for remote offices with increased throughput and improved performance in connecting employees to the central office network. The StoneGate FW-310 is the latest addition to Stonesoft's expanding physical and virtual security solutions portfolio.

Remote offices cannot afford service downtime or security threats any more than central sites can, but they often lack local resources for on-site administration. The StoneGate FW-310 has been designed to meet the needs of remote offices, providing full-scale network security and guaranteed always-on business connectivity.

"The deployment and management of a full-scale network security solution requires local IT resources and expertise that most remote offices just don't have. There is a clear demand for a solution that is easy to use and protects network data at the perimeter or at network segments. The new StoneGate FW-310 offers increased throughput and performance, enabling remote offices to protect their networks at a very competitive cost-performance and cost-functionality ratio," highlights Pentti Lehtinen, Director of Product Management for Stonesoft Inc.

Comprehensive protection

More and more remote offices require a direct connection to the Internet. Whereas the central site often offers good protection against malicious traffic and threats from the Internet, this requires routing traffic through the central site and may slow down the connection speed.

The StoneGate FW-310 offers next generation firewall features to protect remote offices so that they can more efficiently connect with the Internet. With its integrated full intrusion prevention capabilities, the StoneGate FW-310 allows secure Web surfing from remote offices.

"We used our extensive experience in the field of intrusion prevention and added this functionality as an integrated part of the new firewall appliance. The new StoneGate FW-310 has been designed to meet the needs of remote offices for security and uninterrupted information flow," added Lehtinen.

Easy configuration and unified management

The StoneGate FW-310 is an easy-to-deploy solution designed to protect remote offices from the most advanced and sophisticated attacks. The StoneGate FW-310, like all StoneGate appliances, is centrally managed with the StoneGate Management Center, which eliminates barriers, limitations and security compromises across both physical and virtual networks, a key differentiator for the Stonesoft portfolio. This means that security policies can be consistently enforced throughout the entire network delivering significant cost savings, flexibility and sustainability for geographically dispersed deployments.

With 250 Mbps capacity and 60 Mbps VPN throughput, the StoneGate FW-310 is a powerful, yet cost-efficient tool for ensuring the network security and connectivity of remote offices. With four interfaces the StoneGate FW-310 also enables small-scale network segmentation. The solution also features built-in firewall clustering, quality of service (QoS), bandwidth management, and patented Multi-Link(TM) ISP load balancing. These features ensure that remote offices have the same level of network availability and performance as central offices.


The StoneGate FW-310 is available in October 2008.


Photographs of the StoneGate FW-310 are available on the Stonesoft Web site.

About Stonesoft Corporation

Stonesoft Corporation (OMX: SFT1V) is an innovative provider of integrated network security and resilient connectivity solutions to secure the information flow of distributed organizations. Stonesoft customers include organizations with growing needs requiring advanced network security and always-on business connectivity.

The StoneGate(TM) Platform unifies firewall, VPN, IPS and SSL VPN, blending network security, end-to-end availability and award-winning load balancing into a centrally managed system for both physical and virtual environments. The key benefits of the StoneGate solutions include low TCO, excellent price-performance ratio and high ROI.

The StoneGate Management Center provides centralized management for StoneGate Firewall with VPN, IPS and SSL VPN. StoneGate Firewall and IPS work together to provide intelligent defense throughout the enterprise network while StoneGate SSL VPN provides enhanced security for mobile and remote use. The StoneGate Virtual Security Solutions protect the network and ensure resilient connectivity in virtual network environments.

Founded in 1990, Stonesoft Corporation is a global company with corporate headquarters in Helsinki, Finland and Americas headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit www.stonesoft.com.