Ready, aim, firewall

Firewall stands for SMBs
D-Link Inc., a networking solutions provider for consumer and business, has added a new D-Link firewall to its NetDefend family that is designed to be cost-effective for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The D-Link DFL-S500 is a VPN SSL Firewall that ships with seven LAN ports, two WAN ports, and a user-configurable port to support local servers such as e-mail, Web, and FTP. It provides customized security and remote access benefits, including Web-based clientless access and full network access without pre-installed desktop software. Providing organizations with a secure single-platform format to extend networking resources from virtually any remote user with Internet access, the D-Link NetDefend DFL-S500 SSL VPN Firewall minimizes desktop support costs and eliminates the need for a costly security and management infrastructure.

Secure network-in-a-box
Enterprise gateway security company Secure Computing Corp. is offering SnapGear with TrustedSource, an enhanced version of its all-in-one Internet appliance for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and remote offices. The new version of SnapGear delivers enhanced VoIP capabilities, VPN offloading, connection tracking snapshots and the ability to deliver customized local-language versions. Many of these new features are directly aimed at reducing the costs associated with growing and securing SMB networks. SnapGear also incorporates global intelligence from TrustedSource, which, like a credit agency, provides credit scores to enable reliable commerce, providing behaviour-based reputation scores for IPs, domains, URLs and e-mail messages. Using this real-time scoring, SnapGear with TrustedSource allows organizations to drop connections from malicious sources at the gateway to help prevent security threats such as spam and phishing, and reclaim bandwidth and reduce downstream server processing.

Label printing for EDI
An e-commerce solutions provider to small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) in the distribution supply chain, eZCom Software has added capabilities to its Lingo managed electronic data interchange (EDI) service. One important new capability allows vendors to automate the printing and pre-ticketing of Universal Product Code (UPC) labels and anti-theft devices. This helps SMBs cut down the time required to produce the UPC tickets and stickers that vendors are often required to attach to merchandise making its way to sales floors of large retail chains. The process used by most SMB vendors today is manual and prone to error. eZCom’s Lingo service functions like an e-commerce passport, supplying an easy browser interface designed around individual companies’ trading needs. It allows companies to converse with any trading partner, regardless of formats or communication languages, managing multiple trading relationships and e-commerce standards.

Cable tester
Fluke Networks Canada Inc.‘s MicroScanner2 Cable Verifier shows installers the four most important test results – cable length, wire map, cable ID and distance to break or short – as visual representations on a single screen, making testing faster and reducing the chance of human error switching between tests. MicroScanner2 also recognizes and displays which types of services are available at the outlet being tested, such as 10/100/1000 Ethernet, POTS telephone service, or Power over Ethernet (PoE) so that cabling technicians can quickly differentiate between cabling and service problems during installation or troubleshooting. Users can verify and ID tag RJ11, RJ45, and coax cables without adapters and MicroScanner2 is also a built-in tone generator, producing both analog and digital tones compatible with Fluke Networks’ IntelliTone Pro Probe. This permits precise identification of specific wire pairs and cables on active networks.

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