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Digital Debuts AltaVista Firewall 98

Digital Equipment Corp. today unveiled AltaVista Firewall 98, an updated version of the company's Internet security software product for Windows NT and UNIX platforms.

Digital said the NCSA-certified AltaVista Firewall 98 is the first product of its kind to safeguard networks by increasing its response automatically and performing evasive procedures as attacks are increased.

In addition, when used in conjunction with AltaVista Tunnel 98, the product enables network administrators to extend their intranets and deploy virtual private networks (VPN).

Digital said the firewall also supports "demilitarized zones" (DMZ) or isolated LANs so that users can deploy servers for customer support or business-to-business commerce applications. Web servers, mail servers, and anonymous FTP servers are also protected in demilitarized zones but can still be accessed from the Internet.

AltaVista Firewall 98 also allows users to integrate third-party products into their security environment by adding content vectoring protocol (CVP) support.

Other enhancements include the ability to set customized security needs by department, new alarming functionality, a combination of DNS servers and a DNS proxy on the firewall server, and Web proxy authentication on all platforms.

"With this announcement, we're responding to security managers' needs for greater protection for their private networks, more options for third-party solutions and simpler administration of company-wide security policies and guidelines," said Don Harbert, vice president of Digital's Internet Business Unit, in a statement.

"AltaVista Firewall 98 builds on our extensive experience in Internet and intranet security solutions, and takes an active role in preventing unauthorized access and ensuring the highest level of network defense."

Pricing for AltaVista Firewall 98 is $2,495 for 25 nodes, $3,995 for 50 nodes, $7,995 for 200 nodes, and $14,995 for an unlimited number.

Shipping in July, the product is available for Windows NT (Intel and Alpha) or Digital UNIX (Alpha).