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Tunnel, Firewall to the rescue

Digital Equipment introduces two new Internet security products today for Intel-based computers, including the first NT firewall software to be certified by the National Computer Security Association.

Digital Equipment (DEC) introduced two new Internet security products today for Intel-based computers, including the first NT firewall software to be certified by the National Computer Security Association.

Digital's AltaVista Tunnel and AltaVista Firewall come from its AltaVista division, which Digital yesterday said it wants to spin off through an initial public stock offering that could raise $50 million. Digital would retain 80 percent ownership of a publicly-traded AltaVista.

AltaVista Firewall is designed to protect private networks from unauthorized intrusion via the Internet. AltaVista Tunnel allows for the creation of secure Virtual Private Networks (VPN) over the Internet, letting telecommuters, mobile workers, and branch offices communicate securely via the Net.

AltaVista Tunnel, due to ship September 30, runs on Windows NT, BSD/OS, FreeBSD, and Digital Unix. Pricing ranges from $99 for a single user to $2,495 for up to 512 concurrent users.

AltaVista Firewall, available August 30, runs on Windows NT, BSD/OS, and Digital Unix. Pricing ranges from $3,995 for 50 users to $14,995 for an unlimited number of users.

Test versions of both products can be obtained through September from Digital's AltaVista Web site.

A computer running a Unix Web server can use an NT firewall for security. Other vendors with NT-based firewalls include Devon Software, Netguard Ltd., Checkpoint Software Technologies, Microsoft, and Raptor Systems.

Network-1 Software is due to release an NT firewall by year's end.

NCSA said it is testing NT firewalls from other vendors for certification.

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