StillSecure Facilitates Adoption Of Freeware Intrusion Detection / Prevention System

By | March 27, 2006

StillSecure, provider of an award- winning, integrated suite of enterprise network security solutions, today announced that StillSecure Strata Guard Free, the company’s freeware IDS/IPS, is available as a VMware virtual appliance. End users can now access the pre-built, pre-configured and ready-to-run version of Strata Guard Free for Linux environments.

VMware virtual appliances are pre-installed application and operating system environments packaged in virtual machines, which are utilized by more than three million today. Virtual appliances eliminate the need for product installation and configuration, and can be easily deployed on x86 systems to get users and new services up and running immediately. Virtual appliances can be run using VMware virtual infrastructure products, including VMware Player and VMware Server, which are both available for free download at

“VMware provides a method for distributing Strata Guard Free to end users without requiring them to commit a dedicated server or worry about installation and deployment,” said Mitchell Ashley, CTO and VP of Customer Experience at StillSecure. “We released Strata Guard Free to help accelerate the adoption of IDS/IPS, and taking advantage of virtualization technology from VMware makes it even easier for users to deploy the product.”

As previously announced, Strata Guard Free is also available as a software appliance. With multiple options for installing and running the software, end users can choose the method that works best for them depending on personal preferences and the network environment.

“I´ve used Snort in the past so my familiarity with the inner workings of IDS/IPS made it easy to transition to a robust, feature-rich offering like Strata Guard Free,” said James Balcik, Security Analyst at First National Bank Minnesota. “Strata Guard Free is an easy to install and manage IDS/IPS with an intuitive interface, frequent rule updates, and multiple response options. It´s a great option for anyone with lower throughput requirements, and its availability as a VMware virtual appliance further simplifies the installation and configuration process.”

“Companies like StillSecure are increasingly distributing their software as VMware virtual appliances to allow end users to run software on their x86 systems, avoid lengthy installation and configuration processes, and better leverage their computing resources by running multiple environments on a single machine,” said Srinivas Krishnamurti, Group Product Manager of Developer Products at VMware. “With virtual appliances, StillSecure users can immediately get up and running and have a fully configured, self- contained IDS/IPS environment running on their x86 servers or PCs.”

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