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Israeli company Checkpoint Software Ltd has come out with the latest version of its widely-used CheckPoint Internet FireWall software, introducing the client authentication, encryption and address translation features promised back in April. FireWall-1 2.0 now supports secure access at the client’s level, rather than requiring each application on the client to log in independently. RSA and Diffie Hellman encryption is out now in the US, for protecting information now being carried over internal networks. Its own SWZ1 encryption is available outside the US. FireWall-1 2.0 enables selective encryption rather than all-or-nothing. Address translation is said to overcome the problem of IP addressing limitations (and hides internal addresses from the Internet) by dynamically allocating usrers with whatever IP addresses are available at a given time. Other work still under way includes enhanced auditing for accounting, plus packaged products that address specific configuration requirements. Closer integration with S imple Network Management Protocol manager is promised, to the point where FireWall can be managed from that type of management console. The 30-strong company said internal (within an organisation) and external Internet security requirements will drive its growth. With Solaris, SunOS and HP-UX under its belt, there are other implementations, including NT, scheduled for 1996. FireWall 2.0 costs from $5,000 for up to 50 nodes in a lightweight configuration. The mid-range product costs $10,000 for up to 250 nodes minimum, while an unlimited licence is $19,000. The encryption module starts at $3,000; a network security centre, with enterprise and routers security management is from $40,000. An internal FireWall-1 module is $6,000; authentication is $8,000.

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