May 09, 2001, 4:10 PM — Fiberlink announced at NetWorld+Interop that it is teaming up with Network ICE to offer a firewall/intrusion detection package with Fiberlink's VPNterprise Internet remote access service.
Users that buy the service will get Network ICE's BlackICE software to install on their end-user PCs to protect their Internet VPN connections from intruders.
These remote connections expose users' VPNs to attacks from the Internet, says Bob Moskowitz, a senior security analyst with ICSA. Earlier this year, the Microsoft corporate network was attacked in just this way, he notes.
By packaging the intrusion detection software with a firewall as well as Fiberlink's dialer, customers can avoid the potentially complicated chore of trying to get all three pieces of software to work compatibly on end-user PCs, Moskowitz says.
Fiberlink's VPNterprise service supplies users with Internet access via multiple ISPs. Fiberlink provides a dialer that connects its customers to the nearest and least congested ISP in the area they are calling from.
After logging into Fiberlink's network, end users connect to corporate VPNs. Fiberlink servers check that the calling PC has the proper security policies and software installed and active.
Fiberlink supports Cisco and Nortel VPN gear.
The intrusion detection service is available now and costs $9 to $15 per month per user, depending on how many users an enterprise is buying the service for.