UserGate Proxy and Firewall 6.0 – A Full-Fledged VPN Server and IDPS System
Entensys, a leading Russian developer of information and online security tools, announces the release of UserGate Proxy & Firewall 6.0.
UserGate Proxy & Firewall is a UTM (Unified Threat Management) class solution that facilitates the configuration and monitoring of shared access to local and Internet resources, filtering of FTP and HTTP traffic, as well as administration of the enterprise network. Information security is ensured by means of a built-in firewall and anti-virus modules. UserGate Proxy & Firewall provides detailed statistics on users’ online activities.
The new version of the product features a full-fledged VPN server capable of creating “server-to-server” tunnels and routing traffic between subnetworks. UserGate Proxy & Firewall supports “client-server” connections.
The software uses the highly efficient Firebird DBMS as an integrated database. Users can also connect to a MySQL server. Therefore, the growth of the data volume in the database will no longer affect the program’s performance.
The built-in firewall component has been updated. It now features an Intrusion Detection and Prevention System (IDPS) that protects the system from scanning and flooding. Attack notifications are now logged and sent to the email address specified in the program settings.
The billing system has also been significantly improved. Most user-requested features have been implemented: subscriptions, prepaid traffic, tariff-based speed limitations, additional paid services and much more. The new version makes it possible to assign the “Billing operator” role to an account that will manage users’ accounts and view statistics via the administration console.
The product uses the Entensys URL Filtering 2.0 content filtering technology that now features new site categorization rules. Sites related to information security and parental control, as well as the most popular non job-related sites browsed by employees have been moved to separate groups. The updated technology also offers higher filtering speed.
The developers placed special emphasis on improving the performance of the NAT driver. The solution correctly works with fragmented packets, VLAN and supports QoS prioritization, which produces a positive effect on the quality of Internet telephony (SIP, Skype, etc) and minimizes the risk of losing signal during a conversation.
The HTTP proxy component has been completely reworked. Offering better speed, support of NTLM authorization and keep-alive connections, it now also supports a range of ports and multiple services for content publishing.
Users’ web browsing statistics are available in the updated web statistics system. The module generates special reports and builds charts based on existing web browsing information. The administrator can view the necessary data in the most convenient form.