N.C. ports zap malware

The North Carolina State Ports Authority is using the Webgate
appliance from Mi5 Networks to control Web usage and neutralize

Webgate inspects Web traffic between internal computers and the
Internet to neutralize malicious URLs, spyware, botnet Trojans and
viruses, according to the company.

Webgate’s “ability to detect machines that are
controlled by a botnet gives my IT team the added confidence of
knowing that even if malware sneaks onto the network, we can
identify it, block outgoing traffic and fix the machine before the
problem can spread,” said John Flisher, IT manager for the
ports authority.

State ports in Wilmington and Morehead City and inland terminals
contribute 85,000 jobs and $299 million in state and local revenues
each year. The port authority’s computer network helps
maintain operations, communications and management of vessel
traffic, cargo, customs and warehousing.

Webgate pinpoints and shuts down botnets if they are brought
onto the network by mobile workers. It also can perform automated
cleanup of infected machines, Mi5 Networks officials added. The
Webgate platform inspects Web traffic on all ports and protocols at
gigabit speeds with no user-discernible slowdown.


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Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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