Stonesoft has announced the availability of the StoneGate IPS-1205 appliance, designed to protect intranet users and data centre services against advanced attacks, while maintaining gigabit network speeds.

The company said that the StoneGate IPS-1205 offers internal network users efficient protection against client-side attacks, as when users are browsing infected websites these attacks come in as responses to internal network user requests. At gigabit network speeds, these threats can cause significant infection and damage across the network.

Among its features is the ability to protect against malware that may spread from infected USB sticks to laptops and further to internal networks. It also gives administrators monitoring of network protocols and applications, as well as web content control capabilities.

Malicious network traffic can be blocked automatically and unwanted web content can be controlled with built-in category-based web filtering at any network location. Erratic protocol behaviour and applications are automatically logged and reported, which significantly shortens troubleshooting time.

Tomi Kononow, product manager at Stonesoft, said: “The need to protect the network from internal threats and attacks is dire, but so is the need for organisations' networks to operate at gigabit speeds. With this appliance, Stonesoft is telling organisations that they can finally have both benefits – the highest level of security without sacrificing the speed of traffic across the network.”