BahatiGroup is proud to have been one of the first Untangle partners in South Africa, establishing our relationship in 2010. Untangle specialises in solutions designed to help small-to-medium businesses and distributed enterprises optimize their networks, while safeguarding their data and devices. Their award-winning products are trusted by over 40,000 customers and protect millions of people and devices.
Untangle is committed to bringing open, innovative and interoperable solutions to its customers through its rapidly growing ecosystem of technology, managed services, and distribution partners worldwide.
Untangle’s Network Security Framework provides cloud-managed security and connectivity options that work together seamlessly to ensure protection, monitoring, and control across the entire digital attack surface from headquarters to the network edge.
In the past, blocking websites based on the web address (URL) was done on the network firewall. The Internet evolved so that employees now access many types of websites and applications, both on-site and away from the office.
As functionality rapidly moved to the server, it sparked a meteoric rise in cloud-based applications and changed the way content would be delivered over the web. There are so many sited out there, we can now block sites via categories and not just the web address.
Network Visibility and Control
Application Control, Web Filter, and SSL Inspector provide administrators with the ability to see all websites and applications being accessed, even if they hop to non-standard ports or transfer data through HTTPS. Having visibility over traffic on the network ensures that policies are being enforced and users trying to bypass filtering are stopped.
Bandwidth Control is another requirement that most legacy solutions fail to address. With content quality now typically high-definition or above, controlling the number of bandwidth websites and applications used is key to maintaining reliable Internet access. Using Layer 7 DPI and SSL inspection, Untangle easily identifies all recreational traffic, preventing users from bypassing the controls, and puts shaping in place to stop network bottlenecks.
A single appliance and one-click user interface.
Control doesn’t stop at managing bandwidth usage for the web and applications, and managing what kind of content users can access is just as important. Some users need access to certain applications or web resources, while others do not meet regulatory compliance or data privacy requirements.
To solve this, the Policy Manager lets you set unique and granular policies for individuals, groups and departments. Session viewers and event logs identify individual users and the specific applications that are negatively impacting the network in real-time. Once identified, network administrators can stop users from streaming videos, downloading illegal content, and hiding their online activities.
Supporting BYOD and Open Wi-Fi
Untangle makes it simple for businesses to support BYOD (Bring your own device) and open Wi-Fi by identifying all users through a Captive Portal and, if available, Directory Connector. Once identified, Untangle ensures security and enforces policies so each individual user has the right access to network resources. Unidentified users can be put into a generic user group to limit their network access, preventing any security risks or bandwidth impacts they would otherwise have on the network.
Visibility and Control
Unlike today’s home Wi-Fi routers, Untangle NG Firewall logs traffic for rich, robust reporting into every facet of what’s happening online: sites your kids are visiting, neighbours jumping on your wireless network, and your newest IP-enabled gadget phoning home.
NG Firewall allows you to create rules for managing access to websites, applications, and content based on criteria like device, user, time of day, day of the week and more. You can see the effect of those rules through drill-down reports that can be monitored via the 360° Dashboard, a single pane of glass view into what’s happening on your network.
NG Firewall for the Home
You may already be running Untangle at your business, school or organisation. Now you can run Untangle at home, at a reasonable price. For only $50 a year, you can run HomePro on your own hardware, in a virtualised environment or on an Untangle appliance.
The HomePro package includes all NG Firewall applications, free and paid, except for: Branding Manager, Live Support, Virus Blocker. Each of these applications can be purchased separately. With HomePro, you still receive the benefits of Virus Blocker Lite.