updated 11:20 pm EST, Mon December 17, 2007
Firebox X updated
WatchGuard Technologies recently updated its Firebox X network protection hardware to neutralize the latest Java threats against Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger users. Malicious web pages are reportedly the most common methods of implementation for viruses or attacks, but WatchGuard says that its equipment prevents against these kind of incursions by running network traffic through its Application Proxy technology - a proxy that separates user traffic from web-source to neutralize these exploits. Application Proxy is currently available in all of WatchGuard's products, including the Firebox X line of protective hardware.
"Unlike deep packet inspection firewalls, which only examine lower layers of data packets, an application proxy can actively inspect and mitigate malicious code right at the application layer," said Eric Aarrestad, Marketing VP for WatchGuard. "When activated, the application proxy function in WatchGuard Firebox X solutions can detect and deter this type of web-based, application-layer attack before it can turn into something more severe."