Internet Security Systems Enhances Server Protection for Linux Platform

By | April 10, 2006

Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS) (NASDAQ: ISSX), the worldwide leader in pre-emptive, enterprise security, today announced Linux support for its Proventia® Server Intrusion Prevention System product line. Following on the heels of its Q4 2005 release of Proventia Server for Windows, this latest addition to ISS’ product portfolio adds protection for the world’s third-largest server market. According to IDC, Linux servers generated $1.6 billion in revenue in Q4 2005, the fourteenth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth, with year-over-year revenue growth of 20.8 per cent.

“The extension of ISS´ vulnerability-based protection to the Linux server market creates a powerful opportunity for channel partners,” said Gary Fish, President and CEO of FishNet Security. “ISS´ recent release of Proventia Server for Windows was well-received among our customer base, and we expect to see the same amount of enthusiasm for this new product. Designed as a set-and-forget security solution for an organisation´s entire population of servers (not just for dedicated servers running mission-critical applications), the Proventia Server for Windows and Linux products provide comprehensive protection that is both low-cost and easy to install and manage.”

“With this additional support, ISS offers the most comprehensive coverage in the security industry for the top server platforms, including Windows, Linux, Solaris, HP-UX and AIX,” said Heath Thompson, vice president of product engineering at Internet Security Systems. “Recognising that the Linux market is growing rapidly and that many of our customers have heterogeneous environments, we also provide organisations the unique ability to manage security events for all of their servers using minimal resources through our Proventia Management SiteProtector™ console.”

Key features of Proventia Server for Linux include vulnerability-based intrusion prevention, Buffer Overflow Exploit Prevention (BOEP) and support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SuSE Linux Enterprise Servers. ISS’ vulnerability-based approach to intrusion prevention is based on the findings of the company’s X-Force® research and development team. This proactive approach allows organisations to protect against software vulnerabilities before specific threats on those vulnerabilities emerge in the wild and impact network assets. By leveraging ISS’ Virtual Patch™ technology, Proventia Server for Linux is constantly updated with vulnerability discoveries and can automatically patch and protect critical servers until organisations are able to obtain and apply patches from affected vendors.

Also key to ISS’ pre-emptive server protection strategy is the company’s BOEP technology, which protects hosts from attackers and worms that attempt to use known or previously unknown buffer overflow attacks to exploit the system or propagate. Server protection products and services from ISS combine intrusion prevention, enterprise firewalls and BOEP within a single agent to block a wide variety of Internet attacks from entering a system.

ISS’ server offerings play a key role in the company’s Proventia integrated security platform, which provides comprehensive protection for enterprise IT infrastructures from network to host. ISS’ multi-layered approach to security allows organisations to continually stay ahead of the latest threats trying to infiltrate their networks.

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