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Stop Leaks with New Outpost Firewall Pro 2009

Latest version of Agnitum’s headline firewall scores 99% in Matousec Leaktests

ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA, July 8, 2008: The security experts at Agnitum, the leading personal firewall developer, are pleased to announce that the latest version of Outpost Firewall Pro (OFP) 2009, released on July 2, 2008 as part of the Outpost Pro 2009 line-up, has already come out on top in the most recent Firewall Challenge test. This test, performed by Matousec Transparent Security (www.matousec.com) on July 3 and 4, 2008, put Outpost ahead of more than 40 other personal firewalls and security suites, receiving a 99 % efficiency rating in leak-tests.

A leaktest is a program designed to determine if a firewall’s outbound protection can be bypassed using specific techniques. A failure in any leaktest indicates that the software is unable to prevent the user’s data from leaking out if that particular technique is used by a hacker or other malware, hence the term “leaktest”. Many of the techniques used in Matousec’s leaktests are already in use by real-world malware: spyware, Trojans, keyloggers, worms and other cyber threats. The leaktest score is as important for a personal firewall and/or security suite software as a crash-test for a car: you never expect the circumstances to be tested, but it is better to have close to 100% protection than to cross your fingers.

Leaktests are not the only challenge security software should be able to resist. Matousec Transparent Security also analyses firewall efficiency in:

  • general bypassing tests that emulate malware attempts to bypass protection generally without targeting specific components
  • termination tests that emulate attempts to disable the product and its defense functions;
  • spying tests (including keyloggers and packet sniffers) that test whether a product is able to prevent malware from spying on a user’s data
  • performance tests

Matousec Transparent Security has recently implemented a new, even stricter and more challenging, methodology of testing, which is described on the researcher’s web-site at http://www.matousec.com. Detailed test results are available at http://www.matousec.com/projects/firewall-challenge/results.php.

"As always, we are grateful to the Matousec team for doing a great job in keeping firewall developers on their toes! The latest tests show there is still room for improvement, even in Outpost's proactive protection, but we believe we can reach the magic 100% very soon", said Alexey Belkin, Chief Software Architect at Agnitum.

Agnitum’s products have focused on strong outbound protection since the first version of Outpost some six years ago. More information about Outpost is available at http://www.agnitum.com/products/outpost/index.php.

About Agnitum

Founded in 1999, Agnitum Ltd. (www.agnitum.com) is committed to delivering and supporting high-quality, easy to use security software. The company’s products are standalone Outpost Firewall Pro and Outpost AntiVirus Pro, securing personal and family desktops; Outpost Network Security, ensuring reliable endpoint protection and performance for small business networks; and Outpost Security Suite — an all-in-one Internet security solution.

For more information, please contact:

Pavel Goryakin
Agnitum Ltd.
Email: goryakin@agnitum.com
Tel.: + 7-812-336-52-46, ext. 113
Skype: goryakin
Blog: agnitumblog.blogspot.com

 

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