GTA Announces Anti-Virus Filtering on New Firewall Appliances

16 Dec 2004
Business News

Global Technology Associates, Inc today announced Mail Sentinel Anti-Virus powered by Kaspersky Lab Anti-Virus technology available on four new firewall appliances - GB-2000, GB-2000e, GB-250 and GB-250e. With the release of GNAT Box OS version 3.6 and Mail Sentinel Anti-Virus, GTA is offering customers an enhanced gateway solution with a commercial grade anti-virus module embedded in the firewall email proxy.

'GTA was driven by customer demand to include antivirus filtering in our firewall products,' said Paul Emerson, President of GTA. 'After evaluating several products, GTA selected the Kaspersky Lab Anti-Virus technology to power our AV solution. Kaspersky Lab is a leader in antivirus detection, and their SDK allowed us to embed the solution within the small footprint of our firewall system software'.

The Kaspersky Anti-Virus technology provides full-featured, advanced anti-virus filtering within the firewall email proxy without compromising firewall throughput. GTA's Mail Sentinel Anti-Virus is enabled by entering a simple activation code, thus eliminating the need to download and install separate software.

GTA's new firewall products are designed for the SME market. Mail Sentinel Anti-Virus provides the most up-to-date antivirus definitions downloaded automatically. The GB-2000 firewall family offers enterprise level perimeter security, and the GB-250 firewall family is a total perimeter solution for smaller businesses or remote offices.

'We are very pleased to be integrated with Global Technology Associates' firewall appliances,' said Kaspersky Lab's Business Development Director Vitaly Bezrodnykh. 'Over the last five years, the number of malicious programs which Kaspersky Anti-Virus software detects has increased almost 80 times. This is due to the several hundred new viruses which appear every week. More importantly, many viruses spread extremely rapidly, penetrating the machines of the majority of Internet users in just a few hours. Therefore it's become of the utmost importance for email and Internet users to be able to update their virus protection in a timely manner, throughout the network.'

'Kaspersky Lab is the first in the industry to release hourly updates to its antivirus databases. This move protects users better than the typical daily updates released by competitors. An additional benefit for technology partners based in North America is the local technical support offered by Kaspersky Lab in the US and Canada, specially focused on complex technology integration projects. By integrating Kaspersky Anti-Virus into their firewalls, GTA has enabled their customers to provide their users with timely and efficient protection against viruses.' adds Mr. Bezrodnykh.

GTA's new firewalls (GB-2000, GB-2000e, GB-250 and GB-250e) featuring Mail Sentinel Anti-Virus will be available with the release of GNAT Box OS version 3.6.

About Global Technology Associates, Inc.

Global Technology Associates, Inc., is a world leader in cost-effective network security solutions; its products include firewall/VPN appliances and firewall/VPN system software. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, the privately held company has since 1994 been the developer of firewalls that lead the market in price/performance. GTA has international distribution partners in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania.