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Fake news? Annoying. Fake products? Now that’s serious business.

One of the greatest advantages of open source security software is you can go read the code, do your own evaluation, and make changes if you want to. The disadvantages are reliance on someone else - sometimes volunteers, sometimes engineers paid by a company - to keep the code up to date through ongoing effort including patching CVEs, progressing the code base as the underlying operating system evolves, adding new features and functions, vetting community contributions, coordinating package updates, orchestrating testing and release distribution, and more. But how do you know the code you are running is authentic, unaltered pfSense® or TNSR™ software?

Beyond the ‘Next Generation’ Firewall - Take Me There

The next generation firewall (NGFW) market is anticipated to grow to $4.3B by 2022. Market growth is now being fueled by cloud appliances, small to medium enterprise adoption, and IoT / BYOD device explosion. These forces are leading to a sales bonanza for NGFW vendors. After all, deep packet inspection for complex security decision-making is tough stuff. It requires specialty silicon, monolithic software, and steep vendor support hand-holding. Translation? Expensive.

TNSR Spreads Its Wings

Earlier this week, Netgate® and FidelisSecurity announced an integrated solution that combines Netgate TNSR™ with Fidelis Network® sensors to enable advanced visibility, threat detection, and data loss/theft detection for applications and data hosted within Amazon Web Services (AWS). We’d like to expand on the announcement just a bit.

CSPs Ready to Steamroll with Open Source Networking

Light Reading/Heavy Reading and Linux Foundation Networking (LFN) have released a vendor-sponsored report titled “Open Networking Survey Report”. The report speaks volumes about service providers - across the globe - rapidly and pervasively embracing the power, flexibility and economics of open source software to drive the future of communications services. Take a look at the report here. You might also enjoy Roz Roseboro’s blog covering the same topic. Roz is Light Reading’s Principal Analyst - Cloud Infrastructure and Management. In her blog, our own Jim Thompson, Netgate CTO, figures prominently.

Netgate integrates pfSense® software with Google Cloud Identity to Simplify User Access to Traditional Apps

The forced march to cloud is underway for every business, government agency and educational institution. But it doesn’t happen seamlessly, or overnight. It takes time for organizations to move apps from on premises data centers to a private or public cloud infrastructure. That introduces complexity for IT, which must ensure secure access for users who need access to apps both in the cloud and on-premises. Things get tricky, cumbersome, and expensive to manage if one set of sign-on credentials and infrastructure are required for on-premise apps and a second set / infrastructure are required for cloud apps.

Netgate Dual-Ethernet MinnowBoard Turbot with pfSense® - Special Offer!

Many of our readers are familiar with the Netgate® Intel® Atom™ 2-core and 4-core Dual-Ethernet MinnowBoard Turbot products. They’ve certainly been popular, and for good reason - ‘bang for the buck’. For processor-intensive small-frame traffic, these two systems rock. Take a look at this performance chart with Packet Filtering enabled:

pfSense 2.4.4-RELEASE now available

We are excited to announce the release of pfSense® software version 2.4.4, now available for new installations and upgrades!

pfSense® Release 2.3.x EOL Reminder

Network security is serious business so let’s get right to the point: pfSense® software version 2.3.x is nearing End Of Life, October 31, 2018.

Cloudy with a Chance of Premises

When we released TNSR 18.05 in June, I talked about the “behemoth router” and a few use cases that support its disruptive potential. Today, our second release, TNSR 18.08 is live on AWS.

SG-5100 Desktop Available for Pre-order

We are pleased to announce the addition of the Netgate® SG-5100 pfSense® Security Gateway appliance, our latest Intel C3000 based appliance, which provides significant performance and engineering improvements relative to the SG-4860.


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