Multi-Tech Tackles Sobig.f Virus, Blaster Worm with Security Appliance

9/5/2003 - The Multi-Tech RouteFinderTM Internet Security Appliance line provides protection against two of today’s most common threats to enterprise networks. With email viruses like Sobig.f on everyone’s list of most dangerous threats to email users, and the new Blaster worm attacking a vulnerability in Windows operating systems, it is important that enterprise security appliances utilize the most up-to-date technologies to protect networks from both of these threats. The RouteFinders provide both optional anti-virus software from Kaspersky® Labs (, an international data security software developer, and the newest in firewall technologies that block malicious network worms looking for opportunities to cause problems.

The RouteFinder products are comprehensive security systems for Internet connections. Consisting of integrated VPN-gateways and firewalls that provide the maximum level of network protection while not decreasing connection performance, they use the latest in data encryption technologies, user authentication tools, anti-virus capabilities and firewalls. RouteFinder products ensure remote users, remote divisions, clients, partners and suppliers have protected connections with the corporate network.

One of the RouteFinder’s options is the fully functional email anti-virus scanner, with the integration of the Kaspersky Anti-Virus technology that has been very effective in fighting the Sobig.f virus. Multi-Tech customers who install the anti-virus function can set up the capability to do automatic updates of virus definitions every 60 minutes over the Internet. The anti-virus function instantly scans all incoming and outgoing e-mail in exposing and neutralizing viruses, network worms and Trojan programs. To thoroughly check for viruses Kaspersky Anti-Virus scans file attachments, including archived and compressed files, embedded OLE objects and message body text.

The RouteFinder’s firewall is designed to help provide protection against attacks such as the new Blaster worm. By being behind the firewall, networked users are protected by having ports blocked that would allow such a worm onto the network. Network administrators however need to be diligent about not leaving networks vulnerable by opening ports not needed or leaving them open unnecessarily. This means understanding system characteristics, its access requirements, and working very carefully before changing default settings.

“Recent events again point out the importance of having robust protection for all computers and networks,” states Chip Harleman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Multi-Tech System. “That protection must include provisions for protecting against both worms, and viruses. The new Blaster worm continues to raise havoc among computers with Windows operating systems, while Sobig.f gains an ever more pervasive foothold among email users who are not wary of unidentified attachments. The Multi-Tech RouteFinder helps bring you protection against both threats. Knowing that this current spat of worm and virus activity will not be the last, it is important that users take any lull in activity as a chance to better prepare themselves for the next round. With a state-of-the-art firewall helping to protect against worm threats like Blaster, and our alliance with Kaspersky Labs for anti-virus protection, our RouteFinders continue to provide users the best in Internet Security Appliance technology and the best in virus protection.”

An ISO 9001:2000 certified global manufacturer of award-winning Internet, remote access, and telephony products, Multi-Tech Systems provides end-to-end solutions for small to medium-sized businesses. Multi-Tech’s products are available through a worldwide network of business partners (distributors, resellers, system integrators, ISPs, and ISVs), or in embedded solutions from OEMs.

Privately held, Multi-Tech Systems has over 60 U.S. patents and numerous international patents. The company’s intellectual property portfolio includes patents covering transmission of multiplexed voice, data and video packets used in technologies such as Internet telephony, PC telephony, voice over IP or frame relay, and DSVD modems. For additional information, contact Multi-Tech at 800/328-9717 or 763/785-3500, via fax at 763/785-9874 or browse the company’s World Wide Web home page at

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