It is not always practical or even necessary to take a laptop on a trip, so a little more steel is needed to be sure of its safety while it is unguarded. That is a job for CompuClamp. This aptly named solution provides a secure fixing for a laptop rendering it immobile. And it isn’t a permanent feature; the clamp can be moved to any office desk, hotel room or wherever it is needed.
The trouble with a better mousetrap is that it soon becomes yesterday’s model: when you build security around a growing enterprise it is well to avoid obsolescence by adapting an EdgeForce appliance with its modular specification and performance.
In today’s world of CD-ROMs and high-capacity DVDs, it is easy to forget that there are other storage media which still have considerable popularity. One frequently overlooked example of this is the humble tape, which is still vital for many businesses. Modern tapes have extremely high capacities, and developments in fiber channel mean that recording speeds are incredibly fast. However, there is an inherent security risk – after the tape has been recorded, when the data becomes portable, and therefore at risk. This is increased if you send the tapes off site to a firestore. How can you be certain that the courier isn’t simply going to vanish with your confidential client records?
Swedish company Ingate may be a relatively new name in the firewall market, but its products have been getting an extremely positive reaction. The Ingate 1400 appliance is its solution for the medium-sized business; it is a black, 1U rack-mounted appliance, with four Ethernet ports, a COM port and a simple LED display.
Old hand BorderWare has decided to focus on one particular area of network security – email. Whereas most companies are happy enough to bundle email in with the rest of its internet traffic and allow the firewall to handle all of it, BorderWare’s MXtreme MX-200 appliance specifically focuses on the problems of email traffic.
This hardware solution is suitable for both the hardened teleworker or a small office environment. It brings with it not only a stateful inspection firewall, but also the protection of a VPN. For the user logging into an enterprise, MD5 authentication comes into play. This ensures encrypted communications and also foils any attempt to steal the SonicWALL password.
Symantec is a very old name in the security business, but it is not going to rest on its laurels. Its software-based Enterprise Firewall with VPN has had yet another upgrade since the last time we looked at it, and it offers quite a few new features to what was already a very powerful application. The application is also available pre-loaded on one of Symantec’s distinctive bright yellow appliances if you prefer.