AlgoSec Adds Matrix Analysis To Firewall Analyzer

Solution analyzes multifirewall, multivendor environments to optimize firewall rules, reduce risk, maintain compliance and increase network security and performance

November 21, 2008

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Reston, VA, and London, November 18, 2008 - AlgoSec today unveiled AlgoSec Firewall Analyzer (AFA) Version 5.0 extending the solution's capabilities to deliver the industry's first Matrix Analysis, or tiered firewall-specific analysis system. With Matrix Analysis, enterprises, managed service providers (MSPs), consultants and auditors receive unprecedented insight into multi-firewall and multi-vendor environments based on their relative hierarchy in the network.

AFA Version 5.0 is available to businesses and organizations worldwide in multiple form factors and depending on the specific needs and requirements of each individual enterprise network. Delivered via the SaaS model or in virtualized environment or as software or an appliance, the AFA provides the flexibility that businesses need to manage multi-firewall, multi-vendor, including Check Point, Cisco and Juniper, security environments.

AFA Version 5.0 also contains advanced features to streamline firewall change and risk management, and provide IT governance where it did not exist, allowing key stakeholders to have the necessary visibility to make informed decisions.. Highlights of Version 5.0 include:

* Matrix Analysis for evaluating several firewalls together, from single or multiple vendors, based on their relative hierarchy (path) in the network, ensuring tighter security and unmatched rule-base optimization; * Parallelization for enabling multiple analyses to be run in tandem reducing hardware requirements saving costs ; * Powerful additional optimization features including identifying unused objects within rules, and the ability to detect rules that are covered not only by earlier rules but also by subsequent rules; * Deepened vendor specific features for Check Point, Cisco and Juniper/NetScreen firewalls, routers and VPNs; * Modular, granular reports based on specific AlgoSec Product Editions (Operations, Optimization, Risk & Enterprise Editions); * Enhanced User Experience including Group Dashboards, superior topology diagram, and robust Web GUI functionality.

"Until AFA, firewall audit and analysis had been an elusive goal as it was a cumbersome, time-consuming manual process that was virtually impossible to execute in highly complex enterprise network security environments," said Dr. Avishai Wool, AlgoSec CTO and Co-Founder. "AFA V 5.0 sets a new standard for firewall operations and security risk management by providing unmatched automated analysis and insight into enterprises' changing and dynamic infrastructures to ensure optimization, security and compliance."

Called a "must-have" technology by Network World Magazine, more than 200 leading enterprises rely on AlgoSec's flagship AFA product line to intelligently automate what are traditionally difficult, and time-consuming issues surrounding firewall, router and VPN administration, audit and compliance. AlgoSec also is the provider of FireFlow(tm), the market's leading end-to-end change lifecycle management solution from submission to audit. Dubbed the "next hot-ticket item" by eWEEK Magazine, FireFlow ensures that security policy changes - from request to audit -- are approved necessary and implemented as intended.

"The credit crunch has led to more acquisitions, more market consolidation, and even part-nationalization of various banks. Greater financial regulations will follow in the slipstream of the credit crunch, inevitably leading to more compliance hurdles that will need to be overcome. Merging organizations are faced with the challenge of enforcing policies across completely different firewall platforms. Budget holders require instant ROI. In short, it's about working more efficiently, working more effectively; working smarter. Version 5.0's advanced feature set attests to AlgoSec's ability to understand and meet the increasing market demand for comprehensive firewall operations and security risk management solutions," said Hans Haverhals, Director of IT Security Practice at NET2S, the leading international consultancy specialized in Capital Markets, and AlgoSec Gold Partner. AFA version 5.0 is publicly available. For more information or to request an evaluation please visit:

About AlgoSec AlgoSec provides advanced management solutions for computer network security. Global 2000 organizations use AlgoSec's market leading software to analyze, audit and certify firewall and router ACL policies, and for change management, security compliance and policy optimization. AlgoSec offers operations and security personnel unparalleled visibility and guidance to ensure their firewall policies are secure and comply with regulations including PCI DSS, SOX and ISO 27001 and adhere to industry best practices. AlgoSec's firewall and VPN analysis software solutions work across all available platforms from the leading three enterprise firewall vendors: Cisco, Check Point and Juniper/NetScreen.

AlgoSec, FireFlow and the AlgoSec logo are trademarks of AlgoSec. All other trademarks are property of their respective holders. For more information about AlgoSec visit:

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