TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Focus Review: Juniper/Netscreen Protection

Volume Number: 23 (2007)
Issue Number: 01
Column Tag: Real World Review

Focus Review: Juniper/Netscreen Protection

Today's big bad world presents its challenges...

By Marianne Shilpa Jacobie and Neil Ticktin

The Dangers

For whatever reason, there's a group of people out there in the world who think it's fun or right to poke around and disrupt networks that are not theirs. As a result, we have more secure networks today that include routers and switches, firewalls, and VPNs (virtual private networks).

One of the biggest brands in the security business is NetScreen, which is part of Juniper Networks. Juniper has a variety of offerings, but we're going to focus on three products: the NetScreen 25, the SA 2000 and the NetScreen 5GT Wireless.

Netscreen 25

The NetScreen 25 (and the 50) are security appliances. These are integrated devices that target the enterprise "branch" office as well as remote offices, and small to medium-sized businesses. The idea is that this box protects the perimeter of your network from unwanted activities.

The NetScreen-25 offers 100Mbps of firewall and 20 Mbps of VPN performance. It can support 32,000 concurrent sessions, and 125 VPN tunnels. The NetScreen-50 offers even greater capacity: 170 Mbps of firewall and 45 Mbps of 3DES or AES VPN performance, with support for 64,000 concurrent sessions, and 500 VPN tunnels.


NetScreen-25

The most important feature to the NetScreen-25/50 is that you plug it in, and it works. With little configuration, this box will immediately start protecting your network with various deep inspection firewall services, denial of service protection, and more.

This is a very capable box, and we watched it prove it's worth in stopping attacks cold that came from all over the world. It's amazing how many times networks get attacked, and the NetScreen-25 just deals with it ... cleanly and transparently.

Finally, take your pick of interfaces to match your managing style: Web UI, CLI, or NetScreen's Security Manager central management system application.

At $2,500 and up, street price, you'll more than make up for this in time on your first attack, or in creating VPNs. See http://www.juniper.net/products/integrated/ns_2550.html for more information

Juniper Networks Secure Access 2000

The Secure Access 2000 (SA 2000) SSL VPN was introduced to the Juniper Network Secure Access series in 2005. It utilizes the SSL security protocol, a secure access transport mechanism available in all standard web browsers. This enables small to medium-sized companies to provide controlled remote and extranet access to employees, partners, and clients with no infrastructure changes, DMZ deployments or software agents.


Juniper SA 2000

Apart from lowering the total cost of ownership, this function allows companies to secure access to the corporate intranet, enabling administrators to restrict access to various employees, contractors or visitors, based on the information and resources they need. The SA 2000 is based on industry-standard protocols, therefore its investment can be leveraged across many applications and resources over time. It also boasts extensive directory integration (including LDAP!) and advanced software feature sets such as multiple hostname support and a customizable user interface.

The SA 2000 series provides complete end-to-end layered security, including endpoint client, device, data and server layered security controls. The numerous security options from the end-user device to the application data and servers, also covers coordinated threat control with Juniper Network's IDP product line. Juniper's endpoint defense initiative incorporates native functionality, client and server-side API's (created in partnership with best-of-breed endpoint security vendors), and advanced malware protection capabilities. While this keeps your Mac systems secure, it really shines for those initially difficult-to-secure Windows machines.

With the native functionality, client computers can be checked at the beginning and throughout the session to verify an acceptable security posture requiring or requesting network ports. Files and processes can also be checked, and their authenticity validated with MD5 checksums. The native host checker also performs security and applications checks, and carries out pre-authentication checks and enforcement. Enterprises are also enabled to write their own host check method to customize policy checks. Again, this targets Windows machines, as they need this kind of help and monitoring.

The SA 2000's access privilege management capabilities provide dynamic controlled access at the URL, file, application and server-level. This is based on a variety of session specific variables that include identity, device, security control, and network trust level.

Streamlined manageability of Juniper's SA 2000 provides role-based delegation of administrative tasks and a central management option for more unified administration. There is also a self-service feature for users that lowers help-desk support costs. Auditing and logging is fine-grained, and there are three different secure access methods to allow administrators provision by purpose. The streamlined feature set that the SA 2000 comes with would enable an enterprise to deploy secure remote access as well as a basic customer/partner extranet or secure intranet.

A cluster pair deployment option for the SA 2000 ensures high-availability across the LAN and the WAN.

An advanced license feature for the SA 2000 provides additional state-of-the-art features that would satisfy the needs of other complex deployments of varied audiences and uses, including Juniper's Central Manager. You'll find the SA 2000 Base System for about $2,000, with the Advance License at an additional cost. More information at http://www.juniper.net/products_and_services/
ssl_vpn_secure_access/secure_access_2000/

NetScreen-5GT Wireless Firewall/VPN

Ok, so you have your VPN heart with the SA 2000, and your perimeter firewall with the NetScreen-25, what about remote office security? That's where the NetScreen-5GT comes in. The NetScreen-5GT is an enterprise-class network security solution for remote office security.

The NetScreen-5GT Wireless is a part in a series of firewall/VPN line of products offered from Juniper. It is part of an integrated security solution combining stateful firewall, deep inspection firewall, IPSec VPN, antivirus and web filtering for securing a small remote office, retail outlet, or broadband telecommuter.

The NetScreen-5GT is specifically aimed at those that want to run an 802.11 b/g wireless network in a secure setting. But it gives you some fairly sophisticated features including restricted security zones (e.g., home vs. work zones), configurable wireless security zones (each with their own SSID for different types of users), redundancy for high availability, support for dual connections, fast failovers with redundant VPN tunnels and VPN monitoring.



NetScreen-5GT Wireless: Front and Back

At a street price of around $1,000, it's a great, integrated solution for those that need a secure remote office or home office, and especially one that wants seamless VPN integration with an SA 2000. For more information, see http://www.juniper.net/products/integrated/ns_5series.html

Conclusion

You need to secure your network -- one way or another. If you aren't, you're asking for trouble. Once you do secure your network, run some reports, you'll realize how often people are trying to break in. Miss one patch of some piece of web server software? They will break in.

Juniper has a set of world-class products that will protect you without you needing to be a security expert (although, you do need to know what you're doing on some level -- there's no magic here). Whether you configure them to the hilt, or use them in a more plug-in-play environment, you'll have a level of protection that will give you peace of mind. While you may not want to pay $1,000 for a router, or more for VPN and firewall software, you are protecting your network for a reason. Juniper's offerings will give you an end-to-end solution, that works well with the Mac.


The editors of MacTech Magazine are a jolly crew who spend their work time playing with their Macs and their spare time working with their Macs. You can reach them at editorial@mactech.com.

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

GarageSale 7.0.7 - Create outstanding eB...
GarageSale is a slick, full-featured client application for the eBay online auction system. Create and manage your auctions with ease. With GarageSale, you can create, edit, track, and manage... Read more
SpamSieve 2.9.28 - Robust spam filter fo...
SpamSieve is a robust spam filter for major email clients that uses powerful Bayesian spam filtering. SpamSieve understands what your spam looks like in order to block it all, but also learns what... Read more
Thunderbird 45.7.1 - Email client from M...
As of July 2012, Thunderbird has transitioned to a new governance model, with new features being developed by the broader free software and open source community, and security fixes and improvements... Read more
Opera 43.0.2442.991 - High-performance W...
Opera is a fast and secure browser trusted by millions of users. With the intuitive interface, Speed Dial and visual bookmarks for organizing favorite sites, news feature with fresh, relevant content... Read more
OnyX 3.2.4 - Maintenance and optimizatio...
OnyX is a multifunction utility that you can use to verify the startup disk and the structure of its system files, to run miscellaneous maintenance and cleaning tasks, to configure parameters in the... Read more
VueScan 9.5.71 - Scanner software with a...
VueScan is a scanning program that works with most high-quality flatbed and film scanners to produce scans that have excellent color fidelity and color balance. VueScan is easy to use, and has... Read more
Slack 2.5.1 - Collaborative communicatio...
Slack is a collaborative communication app that simplifies real-time messaging, archiving, and search for modern working teams. Version 2.5.1: New The way we load teams you don't view often has been... Read more
HandBrake 1.0.3 - Versatile video encode...
HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. Features Supported Sources VIDEO_TS folder, DVD image or real DVD (unencrypted... Read more
Vivaldi 1.7.735.46 - An advanced browser...
Vivaldi is a browser for our friends. In 1994, two programmers started working on a web browser. Our idea was to make a really fast browser, capable of running on limited hardware, keeping in mind... Read more
Vivaldi 1.7.735.46 - An advanced browser...
Vivaldi is a browser for our friends. In 1994, two programmers started working on a web browser. Our idea was to make a really fast browser, capable of running on limited hardware, keeping in mind... Read more

Mudd Masher arrives this week
Atooi Games, the minds behind Totes the Goat and Mutant Mudds, have a new game in the works -- Mudd Masher. The game, a hybrid of the independent studio's first two titles, is expected to launch this week on March 2. [Read more] | Read more »
The best sales on the App Store this wee...
The App Store has quite an exciting lineup of discount games this week that range across a variety of genres. It's a great opportunity to catch up on some of the premium games you may have been holding off on -- and some you can even grab for free... | Read more »
The best new games we played this week
Ah, here we are again at the close of another busy week. Don't rest too easy, though. We had a lot of great new releases in mobile games this week, and now you're going to have to spend all weekend playing them. That shouldn't be too much of a... | Read more »
Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch Guide: How to...
| Read more »
Rabbids Crazy Rush Guide: How to unlock...
The Rabbids are back in a new endless running adventure, Rabbids Crazy Rush. It's more ridiculous cartoon craziness as you help the little furballs gather enough fuel (soda) to get to the moon. Sure, it's a silly idea, but everyone has dreams --... | Read more »
Tavern Guardians (Games)
Tavern Guardians 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Tavern Guardians is a Hack-and-Slash action game played in the style of a match-three. You can experience high pace action... | Read more »
Slay your way to glory in idle RPG Endle...
It’s a golden age for idle games on the mobile market, and those addictive little clickers have a new best friend. South Korean developer Ekkorr released Endless Frontier last year, and players have been idling away the hours in the company of its... | Read more »
Tiny Striker: World Football Guide - How...
| Read more »
Good news everyone! Futurama: Worlds of...
Futurama is finding a new home on mobile in TinyCo and Fox Interactive's new game, Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. They're really doing it up, bringing on board Futurama creator Matt Groening along with the original cast and writers. TinyCo wants... | Read more »
MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL (Games)
MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: ENDLESS UPGRADES. CONSTANT DANGER. ANCIENT WISDOM. BOUNCY BALLS. Launch Sale, 40% OFF for a very limited time!!! MUL.... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

27-inch 3.3GHz 5K iMac on sale for $2099, sav...
B&H Photo has the 27″ 3.3GHz 5K Apple iMac on sale for $2099.99 including free shipping plus NY sales tax only. Their price is $200 off MSRP. Amazon also has the 27″ 3.3GHz 5K iMac on sale for $... Read more
21-inch iMacs on sale for up to $111 off MSRP
B&H Photo has select 21″ Apple iMacs on sale for up to $110 off MSRP, each including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 21″ 2.8GHz iMac: $1189 $110 off MSRP - 21″ 1.6GHz iMac: $999 $100 off... Read more
12-inch 1.2GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for $2...
Newegg has the 12″ 1.2GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook (sku MLH82LL/A) on sale for $1349.99 including free shipping. Their price is $250 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for this model.... Read more
13-inch MacBook Airs on sale for $100 off MSR...
B&H Photo has 13″ MacBook Airs on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 1.6GHz/128GB MacBook Air (MMGF2LL/A): $899 $100 off MSRP - 13″ 1.6GHz/... Read more
9-inch 32GB Silver iPad Pro on sale for $549,...
B&H Photo has the 9.7″ 32GB Silver Apple iPad Pro on sale for $549 for a limited time. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only. Their price is $50 off standard MSRP for this model... Read more
13-inch 2.0GHz Apple MacBook Pros on sale for...
B&H has the non-Touch Bar 13″ 2.0GHz MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for $100 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 13″ 2.0GHz MacBook Pro Space Gray (... Read more
15-inch Touch Bar MacBook Pros on sale for up...
B&H Photo has the new 2016 15″ Apple Touch Bar MacBook Pros in stock today and on sale for up to $150 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.7GHz Touch Bar... Read more
12-inch Retina MacBooks on sale for $1150, $1...
B&H has 12″ 1.1GHz Retina MacBooks on sale for $150 off MSRP. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY sales tax only: - 12″ 1.1GHz Space Gray Retina MacBook: $1149 $150 off MSRP - 12″ 1.1GHz... Read more
Apple restocks refurbished 11-inch MacBook Ai...
Apple has Certified Refurbished 11″ MacBook Airs (the latest models recently discontinued by Apple), available for up to $170 off original MSRP. An Apple one-year warranty is included with each... Read more
Apple Park Opens to Employees in April With T...
Apple has announced that Apple Park, the company’s new 175-acre campus, will be ready for employees to begin occupying in April. The process of moving more than 12,000 people will take over six... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Solutions Consultant - Apple (United...
# Apple Solutions Consultant Job Number: 55676865 Los Angeles, California, United States Posted: Feb. 22, 2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** As an Apple Read more
Programmer/Editor *Apple* Music Dance - App...
# Programmer/Editor Apple Music Dance Job Number: 55565967 Culver City, California, United States Posted: Feb. 23, 2017 Weekly Hours: **Job Summary** Apple Music Read more
Digital Marketing Specialist - *Apple* iClo...
# Digital Marketing Specialist - Apple iCloud Job Number: 54729233 Culver City, California, United States Posted: Feb. 22, 2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Read more
Marketing Specialist, iTunes & *Apple*...
# Marketing Specialist, iTunes & Apple Music Job Number: 55704205 Culver City, California, United States Posted: Feb. 23, 2017 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Read more
*Apple* Wireless Lead - T-ROC - The Retail O...
…of knowledge in wireless sales and activations to the Beautiful and NEW APPLE Experiencestore within MACYS. THIS role, APPLE Wireless Lead, isbrandnewas MACYS Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.