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11 April 2004
Volume II, Issue IV 

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In this issue of Behind the Shield, Guardian Digital's chronicle of Internet and open source security news, we'll cover company highlights, thoughts from our CEO and revealing points on how Guardian Digital products are rapidly changing the face of open source for business.

Read on to learn how Guardian Digital's innovation resulted in the development of the first fully open source intrusion detection and prevention system.

Guardian Digital Customers:
"Guardian Digital's Integrated Solutions Incorporate the Perfect Balance of Security, Functionality and Manageability."

With the necessity of network security systems in the corporate environment growing more apparent, companies such as Aalborg Instruments in Orangeburg, NY are turning to Guardian Digital to for solutions to secure online operations.

With a comprehensive suite of solutions including integrated security and productivity applications, Guardian Digital products have found the perfect balance between functionality, manageability and security. Looking for this balance, system administrators at Aalborg Instruments implemented numerous Guardian Digital solutions including EnGarde Secure Linux, Secure Mail Suite, Secure VPN Server Suite and Internet Acceleration and Management Server.

Working seamlessly together, these robust solutions have provided Aalborg with the tools they need to create, secure and maintain a powerful Internet presence. Comprehensive access controls and monitoring capabilities give administrators everything necessary to ensure the corporate network is protected from both internal and external threats.

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Guardian Digital Releases First Open Source Intrusion Detection and Prevention System

Guardian Digital recently released the next generation Internet Defense and Detection System (IDDS). Engineered with the security expertise of Guardian Digital, IDDS is the first fully open source all-in-one intrusion detection and prevention system.
Utilizing the best open source tools, IDDS offers a comprehensive, cost-effective solution for organizations looking for a powerful way to defend their corporate network against both common and uncommon Internet threats.

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Industry Note
Measuring Security IT Success

In a time where budgets are constrained and Internet threats are on the rise, it is important for organizations to invest in network security applications that will not only provide them with powerful functionality but also a rapid return on investment.

In most organizations IT success is generally calculated through effectiveness, resource usage and most importantly how quickly the investment can be returned. To correctly quantify the ROI of information technology, organizations usually measure cost savings and increased profits since the initial implementation. Additionally, ROI can also be affected based on the overall impact the investment has on employee productivity and overall work environment of the company.

With regards to security IT purchases, however, it is much more difficult to calculate an accurate ROI. When it comes to securing a corporate network, it is nearly impossible to assign a dollar amount to the level of security necessary to keep organizations safe from increasing Internet threats. Making incorrect decisions in this area could lead to an exhaustion of resources or an oversight in specific areas needing protection, potentially resulting in debilitating and costly security breaches.

To avoid such situations, it is essential that all organizations invest in a solid infrastructure with flexibility and room for future expansion. In addition, leveraging open source solutions consistently deliver greater ROI, substantially increase security protection, and deliver better flexibility. Such an investment will fundamentally change how information is managed and present results in a more quantifiable metric when presenting to them management.

Dave Wreski, CEO Guardian Digital, Inc.

Guardian Digital In the News


Processor.com Interviews Guardian Digital CEO
Dave Wreski

Guardian Digital CEO Dave Wreski recently shared his expertise with Processor.com editor Douglas Schweitzer regarding the necessity of network security planning.

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Guardian Digital Upgrades Secure Mail Suite

Guardian Digital CEO, Dave Wreski sits down with E-Security Planet reporter John Desmond to discuss the newest features and unique Content and Policy Enforcement Engine found exclusively in Guardian Digital Secure Mail Suite.

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Growing acceptance of Linux has dark side

There are still few viruses aimed at Linux, says David Wreski, chief executive officer of Guardian Digital Inc ., an Waldwick, N.J., maker of Internet and security applications for Linux, but there have been Linux-specific viruses and worms and the threat is growing.

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At a Glance
Internet Productivity Suite

Guardian Digital Internet Productivity Suite (IPS) is a comprehensive Internet and security management system designed to deliver increased user productivity and bulletproof network security. Combining the best and most necessary applications from Guardian Digital's award winning enterprise portfolio of products, IPS delivers a cost-effective solution with features including Internet services, a complete email system with spam and virus protection, proxy caching, wireless integration and secure VPN services.

Designed specifically to enhance the performance of small business networks, IPS creates an efficient and powerful Internet presence while consistently protecting users form both internal and external threats. Easy configuration and comprehensive support services ensure secure and uninterrupted operation ideal for constrained IT departments.

Engineered to be secure, Internet Productivity Suite is a completely integrated solution that provides the applications and security features necessary to maintain an efficient and powerful Internet presence while protecting internal users from the increasing and persistent risk to operating on the Internet today.

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Guardian Digital Mailbag

Q. I am considering building a home network. Can you give me some advice on how to make it secure?

A. Making a home network secure can be a bit complicated. Here are some quick tips to help you get started.

  1. Make sure that each computer that will be on your network includes updated virus protection.

  2. Use a personal firewall to hinder unauthorized access and to control the traffic coming into and leaving your PC.

  3. Use complex passwords. When constructing your password be sure to use a combination of case, characters, number and symbols to make it as difficult as possible for intruders to guess their way to accessing your network.

  4. In an effort to avoid intrusions, shut off PCs and wireless routers at night or whenever you will not be using your network for a substantial period of time.

  5. If children will be utilizing your home network, you should set up a form of web content filtering protect them from accidentally accessing inappropriate websites and content.

The Behind the Shield editors encourage their readers to submit questions. The most frequently asked questions will appear in future issues. We look forward to answering all your inquiries! Email us at info@guardiandigital.com


Hints & Tips from Experts

Security Planning & Policy -- Guardian Digital is pleased to provide Behind the Shield readers with informative expert advice on what network security really means. Each month a new topic of interest will be chosen to supply you with useful tips and information not offered elsewhere. This month, we'll have a brief discussion on the necessity of security planning and establishing a security policy for your users.

Assessing risk and making practical decisions before installing any system is the best approach to security planning. You can go a long way towards providing good security planning by establishing a strong security policy. A security policy is a written document that outlines exactly what is and is not permitted behavior when using the system. Once written, it should be reviewed and distributed to all users of the system. As system capabilities evolve and Internet threats change, this policy should be periodically updated and redistributed. No system can be fully secure, but with due diligence and attention to detail, many security threats can be avoided.

Partner Profile
Symtrex, Inc.

Through national and multi-national partners including Symtrex in Toronto Canada, Guardian Digital is able to provide their productivity and security solutions to customers worldwide.

Founded in 1988, Symtrex Inc. is a leading provider of corporate security solutions. Symtrex offers a wide array of security products and services ranging from vulnerability assessment, firewall, VPNs, secured email, secured web hosting, intrusion detection systems and security architecture. It is the unique focused approach of Symtrex that enables them to provide complete solutions that are customized for each client, regardless of size or operating systems.

Symtrex partnered with Guardian Digital due to their focus on exceptional security and ease of use. Utilizing the Guardian Digital product family, Symtrex is able to provide secured web hosting and email services to a number of our small and medium sized companies at a fraction of the cost.





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