Symantec and Sun Develop iForce Intrusion Detection Appliance

10/30/2003 - Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), and Sun Microsystems, Inc., announced the release of the enhanced iForce Intrusion Detection (IDS) Appliance, Powered by Sun and Symantec. A complete high-speed network intrusion detection appliance, the solution extends the network's defense against today's attacks, which can cause organizations significant damage and cost millions of dollars in lost revenue.

The iForce IDS Appliance is an advanced network IDS appliance that combines Symantec ManHunt 3.0 with the uncompromising Sun Fire V60x server running on a hardened version of the Solaris Operating System, x86 Platform Edition. The system provides flexible deployment options by monitoring up to 2 gigabits per second on copper- or fiber-based networks.

"The iForce IDS Appliance demonstrates our commitment to providing an uncompromising, high-speed IDS appliance that protects critical information infrastructures," said Sandeep Kumar, director of product management at Symantec. "Symantec ManHunt also integrates with other Symantec Intrusion Protection solutions, which includes Symantec Host IDS and Symantec Decoy Server, to secure each layer of the network infrastructure."

"The Sun Fire V60x system, running on the Solaris OS x86 Platform Edition, provides enterprise-class security and availability to the iForce IDS Appliance," said Manish Bhuptani, senior director of Network Services Market Development at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Working with Symantec, we can provide our joint customers with a pre-tested, configured appliance that helps them secure their network infrastructure at a low cost."

The iForce IDS Appliance offers other valuable capabilities and features that make it easy for customers to install and manage a complete integrated solution, including:

In addition, the iForce IDS Appliance is backed by Symantec Security Response, the world's leading Internet security response team. Symantec Security Response works around the clock to understand and research security threats, and provides security updates and the latest security context information including exploit and vulnerability information, event descriptions and event refinement tools.

Availability and Support
The iForce IDS Appliance features seven models with varying bandwidth protection to address a wide range of enterprise requirements, starting at a suggested price of $12,500. All seven models - 100Mbps, 200Mbps, 500Mbps, 1Gbps fiber, 2Gbps fiber, 1Gbps copper and 2Gbps copper are available and supported in North America through Arrow Electronics' MOCA division and sold to authorized resellers. Please visit for more information.

About Symantec ManHunt
Symantec ManHunt is a network intrusion protection solution that monitors network traffic at speeds of up to two gigabits per second on up to six-gigabit interfaces, dependent upon system configuration. Its multi-layered detection architecture combines protocol anomaly detection, signature detection, denial-of-service and scan detection, and IDS evasion detection to accurately and effectively identify attacks. It also offers a state-of-the-art analysis and correlation engine that filters out redundant data and analyzes only relevant information, providing attack awareness without the data overload.

About the Solaris Operating System
The Solaris Operating System (Solaris OS) is the premiere OS for the enterprise. With over 300 new features, the Solaris 9 OS is the most scalable, available, manageable and secure services platform for the networked world. By focusing on industry standards, the Internet, innovation and integration, the Solaris 9 OS delivers a documented lower cost of operation. The Solaris OS is the leading UNIX[r] platform operating system with Sun servers owning 54 percent worldwide UNIX market share in shipments and 34 percent worldwide UNIX revenue share, according to Gartner Dataquest's 3Q02 Servers Quarterly Statistics.

About Symantec
Symantec, the world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security software and appliance solutions to individuals, enterprises and service providers. The company is a leading provider of client, gateway and server security solutions for virus protection, firewall and virtual private network, vulnerability management, intrusion detection, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management technologies and security services to enterprises and service providers around the world. Symantec's Norton brand of consumer security products is a leader in worldwide retail sales and industry awards. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in 36 countries. For more information, please visit

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, iForce, Sun Fire, Solaris and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, exclusively licensed through X/Open Company, Ltd. Symantec and the Symantec logo are trademarks or registered trademarks, in the United States and certain other countries, of Symantec Corporation.

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