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 the digital content editor for InformationWeek. Prior to this role, Emily worked within UBM America's technology group as an associate editor on their content marketing team. Emily started her career at UBM in 2011 and spent four and a half years in content ... 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
Current Issue
Security Operations and IT Operations: Finding the Path to Collaboration
A wide gulf has emerged between SOC and NOC teams that's keeping both of them from assuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of IT systems. Here's how experts think it should be bridged.
Flash Poll
New Best Practices for Secure App Development
New Best Practices for Secure App Development
The transition from DevOps to SecDevOps is combining with the move toward cloud computing to create new challenges - and new opportunities - for the information security team. Download this report, to learn about the new best practices for secure application development.
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
In past years, security researchers have discovered ways to hack cars, medical devices, automated teller machines, and many other targets. Dark Reading Executive Editor Kelly Jackson Higgins hosts researcher Samy Kamkar and Levi Gundert, vice president of threat intelligence at Recorded Future, to discuss some of 2016's most unusual and creative hacks by white hats, and what these new vulnerabilities might mean for the coming year.