Software Briefs: Sonicwall, CA

Software Briefs: Sonicwall, CA

Sonicwall introduces new IPS to Australia

SonicWall has launched its Intrusion Prevention Service (IPS) in Australia, charging much less here than for the equivalent service in the US. IPS, which uses deep packet inspection and 1700 signatures to block intruders, had been launched in the US with a $US500-$US800 annual subscription fee. But following complaints from some New Zealand resellers, the US vendor has made the service available locally from $500 per year. SonicWall regional manager, Tim Dickinson, admitted concerns had been expressed across the Tasman but claimed to have heard no such grumbles in Australia. Resellers have been given a 12-month service to get used to it and the service was already selling well, he said, although he stressed it was not targeted at smaller customers. “This is an enterprise-class product using complex algorithms. It is like a comparison between an ordinary front door and an automatic one with triple deadlocks,” he said. The service promises protection against known buffer overflow vulnerabilities in software, as well as various worms, Trojans, peer-to-peer spyware and backdoor exploits.

CA belatedly meets its revenue forecasts

Computer Associates (CA) has released its delayed fourth-quarter financial report, meeting the earnings and revenue forecasts it provided earlier this month. CA had revenue for the quarter of $US850 million, up 10 per cent from $US775 million in last year’s fourth quarter. Net income for the quarter was $US89 million, or $US0.15 per share. In last year’s fourth quarter, CA lost $US106 million. Excluding a number of special charges, CA reported operating earnings per share of $US0.18, slightly above the $US0.17 consensus forecast of analysts polled by Thomson First Call. The calculation excludes expenses related to acquisitions and CA’s settlement of shareholder litigation. A $US10 million charge for an offer CA made the government as part of settlement discussions about ending government probes of its past accounting violations was also excluded.

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