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The Register: Microsoft struts into Net security market; Would you buy a firewall from Bill?

Feb 19, 2001, 17:04 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Poulsen)

"Microsoft leapt into the network security market this week with the Valentine's Day introduction of its Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server -- a network firewall that will compete in the same arena as Check Point's FireWall-1 and Network Associates' Gauntlet."

"ISA Server includes integrated intrusion detection and Web proxying, among other features. The company says the firewall survived hacker penetration tests, and performed reliably in a public beta period that began last June. According to a Microsoft technical report, ISA Server even protects the company's corporate network, which handles a whopping forty thousand client computers accessing over forty million Internet URLs every day."

"Of course, that last part would be more impressive had Microsoft's corporate network not suffered a widely publicized intrusion last October. Then, earlier this month, the software giant got another security black eye when a distributed denial of service attack knocked its Web properties offline and it had to go running to Akamai for succor. And this week saw the Kournikova e-mail virus sweep through Windows machines, while Web vandals gleefully defaced the New York Times, Intel, Compaq and other sites by exploiting security holes in Microsoft's IIS Web server."

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