Microsoft preps Firewall upgrade

Thursday, 30 January 2003, 12:12 PM EST

Microsoft is preparing a second version of its enterprise firewall Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server, focusing on application-level security and XML web services.

Microsoft said it is finalizing plans for a second, full version of its firewall nearly two years after ISA Server debuted.

Mike Nash, corporate vice president of Microsoft's security business unit, said Microsoft planned a beta this year, but was unable to provide an exact date for the beta or final product delivery.

Nash said version 2.0 would appeal to users as "an application-level firewall and beyond" moving up from a layer-four packet filter firewall.

ISA Server 1.0 already has application firewall capabilities, in addition to packet filtering, but many customers who deployed Microsoft's product use it in addition to an existing, trusted firewall product.

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