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Milkyway Firewall Gets U.S. Patent

Global network security provider Milkyway Networks announced that the company's proprietary Bi-Directional Transparency technology has been awarded a U.S. patent.

Milkyway's patented technology, a standard feature on all versions of the company's SecurIT FIREWALL solutions for Sun OS, Solaris, and Windows NT, allows internal network users a high level of transparency for proxy-based firewalls.

It enables these users to connect through the company's SecurIT FIREWALLs without pre-configuring their network clients (Telnet, FTP, Internet browsers, etc.) or forcing them through a two-step process to connect to the Internet.

Users benefit from the transparency of a router or packet filter coupled with the top-level security of a proxy-based firewall.

The company has implemented Bi-Directional transparency since the inception of the Black Hole Firewall for Unix in 1994 and currently incorporates it into all of its SecurIT FIREWALL products. Milkyway holds the exclusive rights to bi-directional transparency technology within its products.

"Bi-directional transparency removes a tedious--and sometimes vulnerable--step in user-to-server connections and, in turn, creates a more secure network environment," said Ian Ferguson, Milkyway's president.

With six offices worldwide, Milkyway Networks is a leading global supplier of Internet and intranet security applications designed to safeguard mission-critical information on corporate networks. Milkyway is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE) under the symbol MKY.