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Magnifire Listed As 'Visionary' In Firewall Magic Quadrant

Designation follows company's successful rollout of TrafficShield Version 2.5

MagniFire, Inc., a leading provider of web infrastructure security solutions, announced today the company has been placed in the Visionary Quadrant of Gartner's prestigious Firewall Magic Quadrant released this month. ("Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Firewalls, 2H03", by Richard Stiennon, 20 April, 2004).

The recognition from Gartner follows the company's introduction of TrafficShield 2.5. With new set-up "wizards" and the ability to operate in several different security modes with minimum user configuration, TrafficShield 2.5 delivers increased application firewall capability and a greatly improved crawler.

According to the Gartner report, to be considered as a challenger, visionary or leader a vendor must have both network level firewall capabilities and application level firewall capabilities in an integrated product. The key criteria for placement includes:

  • Ability to recognize and block attacks based on:
    • Protocol anomaly
    • Signatures of attacks
    • Content inspection
    • Behavior, usually based on history of usage
    • Traffic volume
  • Ability to recognize needs of the enterprise and build them into their product.
  • Investment in specialized network processing hardware (ASICs) or off the shelf content and security processors to do deep packet inspection at wire speeds.
  • Central management of many remote devices.
  • Ability to load balance or configure in a Highly Available mode.
  • Logging and reporting.
  • Fast paced roll out of new application defenses based on ability to do deep packet inspection.

TrafficShield enforces a positive security model that offers superior protection to passive or 'negative' security models. With its advanced ability to crawl web applications, TrafficShield inspects dynamic scripts, and protects the application from parameter tampering and attacks against the logic embedded in those active elements. This comprehensive approach is critical for today's complex web applications.

"We are genuinely pleased and excited to be acknowledged by Gartner in this way," said MagniFire CEO Eitan Bauch. "This report clearly acknowledges that the web application has become the new perimeter, and how vitally important it is to proactively protect Web servers from attack. We consider being named to the Visionary Quadrant a great confirmation our approach, and we are continuing to move forward on our execution."

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted April 2003 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. Gartner's permission to print its Magic Quadrant should not be deemed to be an endorsement of any company or product depicted in the quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is Gartner's opinion and is an analytical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It measures vendors against Gartner-defined criteria for a marketplace. The positioning of vendors within a Magic Quadrant is based on the complex interplay of many factors. Well-informed vendor selection decisions should rely on more than a Magic Quadrant. Gartner research is intended to be one of many information sources and the reader should not rely solely on the Magic Quadrant for decision-making. Gartner expressly disclaims all warranties, express or implied of fitness of this research for a particular purpose.

About MagniFire

MagniFire Websystems is a leading provider of comprehensive web infrastructure security solutions. Its highly scalable and flexible TrafficShield platform enables businesses to protect their most critical data, applications and customer relationships with a low total cost of ownership. Headquartered in New York with R&D facilities in Israel and sales offices in the UK, MagniFire is backed by premier venture firms including JVP, Lucent Venture Partners and other top tier private investors. For more information, please visit www.magnifire.com or call (212) 909-2772.

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