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A10 Networks Eliminates SSL Blindspots, Offers A Converged Security Solution

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With the expanding pervasiveness of the Internet comes the need for advanced security. In response, more and more Internet traffic is being encrypted. The downside to this is that attackers are using encryption to avoid detection. Enterprises that don’t have some form of SSL inspection for encrypted data will find themselves vulnerable to attackers who are masking their data. While they tend to build firewalls around their networks in hopes of keeping their data secure, very few corporations will actually monitor SSL traffic, leaving their sensitive data vulnerable.

A10 Networks announced the availability of its Thunder SSL Insight (SSLi) technology, a feature within A10’s Thunder Application Delivery Controller that should allow corporations to screen encrypted traffic for potential threats. A10’s Thunder ADC works by sending data to the ADC from a client for decryption, which is then sent to a separate security appliance for inspection. Data is encrypted by Thunder ADC and sent to a server, which sends an encrypted response back to Thunder ADC. Finally, Thunder ADC decrypts the response and sends it to the separate security appliance for final inspection, which is sent back out to the client.

SSL Insight’s purpose is to allow corporations to analyze encrypted network data; provide solutions against cyber attacks; and maximize performance, availability and scalability for their networks. To achieve all of this, Thunder ADC employs SSL processors and SSL acceleration hardware. Thunder ADC can load-balance multiple devices and manage all connections seamlessly. Thunder ADC also redirects traffic based on application type, such as email or web traffic. Thunder ADC also employs A10’s aFleX scripting for users to control which traffic is intercepted and which is scrubbed. Finally, with a subscription, Thunder ADC may categorize traffic from over 460 million domains to prevent attacks from malicious websites.

In addition to the Thunder SSLi, A10 Networks introduced the Thunder Convergent Firewall (CFW,) which is built onto A10's existing Advanced Core Operating System (ACOS) platform. The Thunder CFW line is a converged security solution that offers a Gi/SGi firewall for integrated DDos and Carrier Grade NAT, which mobile carriers may find useful. Similarly, data centers will likely utilize the Thunder CFW's integrated DDoS protection, Server Load Balancing, and IPSec site-to-site VPN for data security and privacy. The Thunder CFW may be managed via A10's aGalaxy Centralized Management System.

A10 Networks’ Thunder SSL Insight for the Thunder Application Delivery Controller and Thunder Convergent Firewall are available now. The Thunder CFW will get aGalaxy support in Q2 of this year.

Alexander Quejado is an Associate Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware and Tom's IT Pro. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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