Astaro Security Gateway Version 8

By | 14/07/2010

Astaro Security Gateway Version 8.000 has been released. You will find a fresh WebAdmin GUI and improved auditing and compliance features. New features like VPN reporting, WebAdmin change tracking, new rights & roles abilities for multiple administrators, and the ability to print out the entire configuration for auditing or record keeping have been introduced. Support for IPv6 and a new 64-bit kernel have been implemented, along with many convenience features such as an easy way to search through all of WebAdmin and country blocking  to prevent all communication with entire countries or regions.

About Astaro Security Gateway Version 8
This new version includes the following new features. Presented here is a general overview; for extended information and descriptions (and the full list of all changes in Version 8 ) please see the accompanying ASG Version 8 release notes(PDF link).

What’s New? Highlights of Major New Things

  • Updated WebAdmin – New colors, fonts, and visuals make WebAdmin more easily readable with crisper overall presentation
  • IPv6 – Support has been added for the next iteration of IP addressing throughout ASG
  • New Kernel and Base System – Provides 64-bit support, massively increased hardware compatibility, and better performance
  • Country Blocking – Deny communications to/from any combination of countries and/or regions
  • Web Application Security – A new subscription has been added to our protection portfolio which protects your web servers from modern attacks, hackers, viruses and data theft
  • Flash-Based Reporting – Reporting data can be displayed via animated charts which add strong visual representations to how the data is presented
  • WebAdmin Rights & Roles – Let multiple administrators or auditors share duties by separating access permissions; for example giving someone the ability to work only with the Mail Quarantine
  • Configuration Change Tracking – Aid compliance and accountability efforts by identifying what was changed by an administrator on a forensic level
  • Printable Configuration – Save the contents of the entire system as an XML file to aid compliance efforts and record keeping
  • New Online Help – Improved layout coupled with new feature set updates this reference to be faster and more useful in retrieving information on demand
  • VPN Remote Access Reporting – Displays usage graphs for the various types of user connections, along with historical data for examining session information
  • WebAdmin Menu Search – Instantly filter the menu to show sections of WebAdmin based on a search query box; great for locating an option or feature quickly
  • Web Content Filter Override – Allow configured users and groups to bypass URL filtering block pages by providing credentials and entering a reason, all of which can be tracked using new override reports

Other Features and Changes

  • New installer for software appliances with improved navigation and troubleshooting options
  • Custom certificates support lets you remove browser warnings when accessing WebAdmin or the UserPortal
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controller authentication support
  • Reverse DNS for creating reverse mappings in static DNS
  • Uninterrupted Intrusion Protection updates keep traffic flowing when new patterns are introduced
  • Rule numbering is preserved during search queries, making it easier to locate the resulting rules and where they sit in the configuration order
  • Exceptions improvements for HTTP/S and IPS now allow the use of granular “and/or” operators
  • Site-to-Site VPN’s using PSK may now have different keys using PSK probing when configured as respond-only
  • Multiple syslog servers are supported which allows logging data to be sent to multiple locations simultaneously for preservation
  • Dozens of other usability improvements and minor feature additions!

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