10:00 AM
Connect Directly

Tiny Firewall Tackles SOHO Security

Untangle rolls out a 5-inch firewall.

They shrunk the firewall: security software and appliance vendor Untangle this week at the RSA Conference in San Francisco debuted a five-inch square firewall that it claims is the smallest of any network security appliance.

The u25 is aimed at small businesses with under 50 users as well as the "prosumer" -- consultants or other professionals working out of their homes, retail shops, and Wi-Fi cafes, says Amy Abatangle, CMO of Untangle.

Abatangle says the u25 is relatively simple to configure and allows users to create their own widgets and comes with a more modern interface. “Others come with pre-configured reports, which are a little bit limiting,” she says. It's a plug-and-play setup, and is priced at half of what Untangle charges for its current lowest-end firewall.

“Home networks are now getting to the complexity level of a small business,” with multiple devices running at once, such as television sets with Apple TV and other IoT appliances, she says. “Insecure endpoints are coming online,” says Abatangle, and “the weak spot is the Wi-Fi router.” 

“IT Pros have been asking us for years to be able to run Untangle at home,” says Abatangle. “This was to address that need."

According to Untangle, the u25 has unified threat management (UTM) capabilities including features of the most recent Untangle NG Firewall release, version 12. It can manage Internet traffic by application, website, port, protocol on a per-user or per-group basis. The u25 also includes virtual private network (VPN) capability plus captive portal for use with the Wi-Fi model. In addition, the device provides bandwidth control, WAN balancing, and failover. 

Emily Johnson is an Associate Editor on UBM America's Content Marketing team. Prior to this role, Emily spent four and a half years in content and marketing roles supporting the UBM America's IT events portfolio. Emily earned her B.A. in English from the University of ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
User Rank: Ninja
3/7/2016 | 9:50:12 AM
Seems cool...
It seems like a cool premise but I fail to see how this extends past router firewalls in terms of UTM. Most of the functionality described can be accomplished by a gateway. Maybe a hardware buffer between the router and the public internet is prefereable but I think from a UTM perspective that it needs to offer more if it wants to be adopted in the home over what is currently offered via firewall on home routers/gateways.
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: You should see what I wear on my work from home days!
Current Issue
The Changing Face of Identity Management
Mobility and cloud services are altering the concept of user identity. Here are some ways to keep up.
Flash Poll
10 Recommendations for Outsourcing Security
10 Recommendations for Outsourcing Security
Enterprises today have a wide range of third-party options to help improve their defenses, including MSSPs, auditing and penetration testing, and DDoS protection. But are there situations in which a service provider might actually increase risk?
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
Published: 2015-10-15
The Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) subsystem in the Linux kernel through 4.x mishandles requests for Graphics Execution Manager (GEM) objects, which allows context-dependent attackers to cause a denial of service (memory consumption) via an application that processes graphics data, as demonstrated b...

Published: 2015-10-15
netstat in IBM AIX 5.3, 6.1, and 7.1 and VIOS 2.2.x, when a fibre channel adapter is used, allows local users to gain privileges via unspecified vectors.

Published: 2015-10-15
Cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability in eXtplorer before 2.1.8 allows remote attackers to hijack the authentication of arbitrary users for requests that execute PHP code.

Published: 2015-10-15
Directory traversal vulnerability in QNAP QTS before 4.1.4 build 0910 and 4.2.x before 4.2.0 RC2 build 0910, when AFP is enabled, allows remote attackers to read or write to arbitrary files by leveraging access to an OS X (1) user or (2) guest account.

Published: 2015-10-15
Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) 1.1j allows local users to gain privileges via vectors involving addition of an SSH key, aka Bug ID CSCuw46076.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio

The cybersecurity profession struggles to retain women (figures range from 10 to 20 percent). It's particularly worrisome for an industry with a rapidly growing number of vacant positions.

So why does the shortage of women continue to be worse in security than in other IT sectors? How can men in infosec be better allies for women; and how can women be better allies for one another? What is the industry doing to fix the problem -- what's working, and what isn't?

Is this really a problem at all? Are the low numbers simply an indication that women do not want to be in cybersecurity, and is it possible that more women will never want to be in cybersecurity? How many women would we need to see in the industry to declare success?

Join Dark Reading senior editor Sara Peters and guests Angela Knox of Cloudmark, Barrett Sellers of Arbor Networks, Regina Wallace-Jones of Facebook, Steve Christey Coley of MITRE, and Chris Roosenraad of M3AAWG on Wednesday, July 13 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss all this and more.