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11 October 2004
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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 was chosen as a security solutions provider for the Government of India.

Guardian Digital Provides Secure Solution for Leading New York ISP & Cable Service Provider

Community Home Entertainment a leading ISP and cable service provider partnered with Guardian Digital when looking to expand their customer offerings to broadband Internet connections. Providing CHE with a secure platform for internal network operations as well as an end-user interface for customer Webmail and account maintenance, Guardian Digital's secure solutions are having a dramatically positive impact on the consistent availability and security of that of CHE's network and their customers. "Our customers are always looking for better protection from their ISP connection. It is our duty to make sure our system is as secure as possible and Guardian Digital offers us the best way to do that," said a senior liaison for the company.

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Government of India Taps Guardian Digital to Implement State-of-the-Art Security Solution for Space Program

Guardian Digital, Inc., the world's premier open source security provider is partnering with the Government of India to implement its suite of security and productivity applications at the Government's Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) headquarters. With deployment well underway, ISRO's enhanced solution portfolio includes EnGarde Secure Linux, Internet Acceleration and Management Server, Secure Mail Suite, EnGarde WorkGroup Suite and Internet Defense & Detection System. "After an exhaustive evaluation of several security solutions, we found Guardian Digital's platform, with its exceptional functionality and excellent security, best met our specific needs, stated Dr. N. Ramani, a visiting scientist associated with ISRO's Information Security planning."

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Industry Note

A Decade of Internet Security

The closing weeks of last month marked the tenth anniversary of the inception commercial Internet security. Internet Security Systems celebrated a decade in business and as an industry we celebrate a decade of securing cyberspace for all users. In the last 10 years the Internet security industry, as well as the Internet as a whole, has grown dramatically developing into an essential part of mainstream culture. Looking back who ever would have thought that our entire livelihood stemmed from a simple idea; create a safe environment for corporations to be able to conduct business over the Internet.

I think it is safe to say that idea came to fruition with flying colors. We are now capable of conducting entire business functions solely through the use of the Internet. Direct mail has become a thing of the past and business phone calls are near obsolete. All communications, commerce, and business operations can be conducted entirely from ones desktop. Unfortunately as the world we live in is deemed unsafe, so is the world we surf in. The number of active cyber criminals is growing by the day and the actions they partake in, including everything from stealing bandwidth to the transferring of viruses and worms, to intruding upon corporate networks, is conducted with the intent to cause inconvenience and in some instances severe network harm. With corporate networks being vital to the every day operational success of millions of world wide businesses, network and Internet security has never been more necessary.

In the beginning, organizations data security requirements were simple. Most systems utilized a password for authentication purposes and a firewall to keep intruders out. As technology improved and companies increasingly requested additional capabilities to better utilize the resources of the Internet, so too did their exposure to exploitation. The first solutions came in way of intrusion detection systems. Designed to analyze network traffic and alert administrators to unusual activity, intrusion detection is presently one of the best network security resources available. From the inception of the intrusion detection system in the mid 1990's, the necessity for Internet security solutions has sky rocketed. No longer would a firewall, password, and a single intrusion detection system keep unlawful visitors away from corporate assets. We soon had to develop virus scanners, spam filters, network intrusion detection, host intrusion detection, intrusion prevention, encryption, and a plethora of others. Once those were developed and packed on to corporate servers you would think it would be safe right? Wrong. Now we were safe from outside intruders for the time being, but what about the internal threats? We then had to begin protecting networks from disgruntled employees, inexperienced administrators, and other inside people who could pose a threat. Enter the widely held usage of internal access controls, application filters, and content filters. So now we are done right? Wrong. All these threats evolve as quickly (if not faster) then the technology itself, so in order to stay completely secure, all of these applications and security mechanisms have to be maintained, updated, and be forced to evolve with the growing and ever-changing risk factors. That is a lot of security.

Bottom-line? Internet security is a marathon; a race against time. As an industry we have to outsmart hackers and cyber vandals before they outsmart us. We have to continue to innovate in hopes of one day reaching the goal of an Internet utopia. Is that possible? Probably not. As we get smarter so will those trying to exploit the technology the Internet provides. What we can do is never give up the pursuit and after 10 full years of trying, I don't imagine that we ever will.

Dave Wreski, CEO Guardian Digital, Inc.

At a Glance
WebShare Manager

Guardian Digital WebShare Manager is the perfect compliment to the wide-array of productivity applications available in Secure Mail Suite. Providing everything necessary to effectively collaborate with co-workers, WebShare Manager includes shared calendaring, appointment & project management, addressbooks, message boards, shared and private contact management, and much more. The sophisticated web-based system allows employees to access information from anywhere, delivering an unmatched combination of convenience, efficiency, and security for any corporate environment.

Built atop Secure Mail Suite and the award-winning EnGarde Secure Linux platform, WebShare Manager is the easiest, most cost-effective way to keep an entire office productive, organized, and well-connected. Simplified web-based administration significantly lessens time spent on system administrative duties, allowing IT administrators to concentrate on other core competencies. Guardian Digital's user-friendly interface allows end-users to efficiently and effectively utilize all the organizational tools the system offers, resulting in a substantial increase in employee productivity and the enrichment of inter-office communication efforts.

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Guardian Digital Mailbag

Q. How do I go about identifying an attempt at email fraud?

A. Unknowing users comply with these instructions thinking they are providing the information to a trusted source and in actuality are providing their personal information to a criminal. These actions can result in unlawful transfer of money, unauthorized payments, and other illegal acts. The best defense against this type of activity would be to not divulge any personal information over email. If you receive an email message asking for information, be sure to telephone the requesting company first to confirm the legitimacy of the message.

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

Guardian Digital In the News

SAP News: Workplace Web use: Give 'em an inch.

Guardian Digital CEO Dave Wreski sits down with SAP News editors to discuss the dangers accompanying workplace Internet usage and in conjunction, the importance of corporate policy enforcement.

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Does Linux Really Offer Improved IT Security?

Security News contributing editor, Douglas Schweitzer interviews Guardian Digital CEO and security expert, Dave Wreski on the positive impact of Linux on IT security.

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Hints & Tips from Experts

Security Sources

As we constantly reaffirm, proper IT security is essential to the growth and technical evolution of the Internet and a key component to security is awareness. It is common knowledge that an educated administrator or user will be more adeptly able to secure their network and/or desktop, but education can not stop with proper configurations and programming techniques. It is important that administrators and users alike remain informed about the consistent and ever-changing Internet threats facing their network, keep abreast of latest technology offerings and security techniques, and most importantly keep on top of security advisories and updates. Remaining informed with all the latest information is essential but can understandingly be overwhelming and time consuming. There are a myriad of online resources available to help administrators and users understand IT security, keep up-to-date with the latest industry news, vendor announcements, and vulnerability advisories. Below are a few highly regarded and qualified security references.


Be sure to explore the contents of these sites on a regular basis along with those of your chosen IT hardware and software vendors; news, vendor offerings, and advisories are updated daily.

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 will have a brief discussion DNS security.

Partner Profile

Through national and multi-national partners like Turnkey Solutions in Louisiana, Guardian Digital is able to provide their productivity and security solutions to customers worldwide.

Turn Key Solutions, LLC is a service company committed to helping clients reach their business and fiscal goals through cutting edge technology. Responsive, friendly service and reliable, quality work make the foundation of the relationships we build with clients. Our service to clients and employees is based on the principles of integrity, respect, and accountability. We partnered with Guardian Digital due to their demonstration and dedication of these same principles.

For further information on Turnkey Solutions please visit their website at www.turnkeysol.com





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