LoadMaster can keep agency Internet secure and smooth
- By John Breeden II
- Apr 16, 2013
Sometimes the volume of information a federal agency has to sift through can get out of hand. Even with a fat pipe, there is always room for bandwidth improvement. Yet the best way to handle this, with a load-balancing appliance, can create its own problems if security isn't also considered.
Kemp Technologies is attempting to alleviate all of those concerns with the brand new LoadMaster 5305 FIPS appliance. The newest member of the load balancer family is certified as a Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 with a Level-2 hardware security module (HSM) to assure secure handling of Secure Sockets Layer certificates, according to company.
The HSM's FIPS certification ensures the secure handling of SSL certificates to provide the highest level of security. Passwords are immediately destroyed as soon as any third party attempts to gain access. The tool also features complete load-balancing functionality with full maintenance and support services, so it can work well like any normal load balancer despite the extra security functions.
All of Kemp's LoadMaster products include Layers 4-7 load balancing, content switching, server persistence, SSL offload/acceleration, and application front-end capabilities (caching, compression, intrusion prevention system), plus one full year of product support.
John Breeden II directs the GCN Lab.