Symantec scores a coup for its intrusion prevention tool

Symantec Corp. has gained an Assurance Level 3 Common Criteria certification for its ManHunt intrusion prevention tool.

The Cupertino, Calif., company's ManHunt is the first intrusion prevention system to be awarded Common Criteria EAL 3.

The application monitors network traffic at speeds of up to 2Gbps across interfaces of up to 6Gbps. It identifies attacks through protocol anomaly detection, signature detection, denial-of-service and scan detection, and intrusion detection evasion.

Nineteen participating nations recognize the Common Criteria, a set of standards for evaluating security software against vendor claims or user requirements.

Private approved laboratories conduct the evaluations. Computer Sciences Corp.'s security testing lab in Annapolis Junction, Md., evaluated ManHunt.

The program is overseen in the United States by the National Information Assurance Partnership, a collaboration between the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Security Agency.

Common Criteria certification for security products is required by the Defense Department and for national security systems elsewhere in government.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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