ZyXEL Communications Inc. is announcing during the SANS 2005 Annual Conference, its ZyWALL P1 Personal Internet Security Appliance, a small, lightweight, plug-n-play firewall and VPN device for mobile computer users to secure their Internet connection and safeguard their corporate network while on the road or working from home.
While the number of corporate employees that work remotely has grown at a growing rate, the number of threats and ability to cause significant damage to the corporate network has also skyrocketed.
Measuring only five inches in length, three inches in width, and weighing only four and a half ounces, the palm-sized ZyWALL P1 is an extremely compact and portable device. It is equipped with a 10/100Mbps Ethernet WAN and LAN ports and can be powered by the USB port for additional convenience. With a Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall, it serves as frontline protection for individual PCs from Internet attacks. The lightweight, compact device also includes ICSA-certified IPSec VPN client support for mobile users to ensure a secure Internet connection. In addition, the ZyWALL P1 enables network administrators to enforce security policies on every endpoint PC whether in the office or in the field.
ZyXEL says that its ZyWALL P1 was designed to eliminate several deficiencies with currently available solutions that are predominatly software-based. The ZyWALL P1 offers a hardware-based VPN that is much faster than its software counterpart. Software-based solutions are hard to install and configure, unlike the ZyWALL P1 which comes with central management support. Further, organizations can now strictly enforce security policies since employees cannot disable or modify any of its security features as is possible with a software-based firewall.
With a VPN throughput of 30Mbps and total firewall throughput of 80Mbps, the ZyWALL supports 12 static routes, 2048 NAT sessions and 1 VPN (IPSEC VPN) session. The device can be managed via HTTP, Telnet or SSH.
In addition, the portability and compatibility aspects of the ZyWALL P1 make it extremely user-friendly for anyone to protect their system. The ZyWALL P1 is the first product of its kind to use Ethernet as the data conduit between itself and the PC while using the PC's USB port as a power source. In addition, since the data interface is Ethernet, the ZyWALL P1 is operating systems (OS) independent. It can easily be used on Windows, Macintosh, or Linux-based computers.