Stonesoft has launched a security mechanism that can act as a traditional or next-generation firewall and intrusion prevention system and a unified threat management product.

The Stonesoft Security Engine can act as one or several of these products simultaneously and is delivered through an integrated technology platform and managed via a single management centre.

Available from April, Stonesoft said that the engine delivers full-blown security capabilities, including best-of-breed data inspection, anti-evasion and full situational and contextual awareness, to protect against even the most advanced threats. It is available as a physical appliance, software or virtual solution.

According to the company, the engine revolutionises the delivery of network security by allowing customers to choose the platform and capacity required, and then self-configure the product mode and security capabilities based on their current needs. It allows the user to reconfigure and reuse the product as network and business demands evolve.

It also said that the engine eliminates the need to physically upgrade technologies and security products over time as it automatically receives new security features and performance improvements.

Ilkka Hiidenheimo, CEO and founder of Stonesoft, said the vision is to stop approaching security as a fixed product or definition and, instead, offer solutions that have the adaptability and scalability of a service.

“We have achieved this goal by creating something that can evolve, adapt, scale up and transform in time. These requirements mirror the feedback we have received from customers for the last decade,” he said.

Ash Patel, country manager for UK and Ireland at Stonesoft, said: “We did not want to develop another Swiss army knife type of product. Most of the industry's recent attempts to provide loosely integrated multi-functional security have resulted in compromised security capabilities.

“In contrast, the Stonesoft Security Engine delivers any desired grade of security from mass to military and everything in between. This allows organisations to quickly adapt to changing threats and business demands. It's a level of agility and security that has never been seen before.”