SOURCE: Astaro

January 10, 2007 10:33 ET

Linux Magazine Selects Astaro as One of the "Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2007"

BURLINGTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 10, 2007 -- Astaro Corporation (, a leader in delivering powerful, easy-to-use, unified threat management (UTM) security appliances, today announced that it has been named one of the "Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2007" by Linux Magazine. The list features vendors that are best positioned in the coming year to spur Linux and Open Source adoption while delivering on the immediate needs of the marketplace.

"For over five years our Open Source development model has been a key ingredient for our success," said Jan Hichert, Astaro CEO and co-founder. "We have always been proud of being able to demonstrate that product companies and the Open Source community can work well together."

Astaro sponsors Open Source projects such as Netfilter, ClamAV, Openswan, Strongswan, and Openvpn, and has been a contributor to several others.

The line of Astaro Security Gateways protect computer networks from a variety of threats including viruses, hackers, spam, spyware, phishing, and unauthorized content.

The Linux Magazine "20 Companies to Watch" list features the vendors that are making a significant impact on the next-generation of Linux and Open Source adoption. Linux Magazine selects companies that have the ability to spur Open Source adoption in all facets of Information Technology, are technology and service innovators, and develop practical solutions for the Open Enterprise. Visit for more information.

Astaro's family of Gateways integrates nine, best of breed, security applications that cover all aspects of security including network (firewall, VPN and intrusion protection) Web security (spyware protection, virus protection for the Web and content filtering), and e-mail security (virus protection for e-mail, spam protection, and phishing protection).

In December, the company announced two awards it had received: In their annual end-of-year product roundup feature entitled "Leaders of the Pack," CRN weekly magazine awarded Astaro with a "Best Security Appliance." SC Magazine awarded the Astaro Security Gateway with a "Best of 2006" in the Firewall category.

About Astaro

Astaro Corporation is headquartered in Burlington, Mass. and Karlsruhe, Germany. The Astaro Security Gateway has won numerous industry awards and is protecting over 30,000 networks in 60 countries, including such companies as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Los Alamos National Labs, Stanford University and Watsco, Inc. Astaro products are distributed by a worldwide network of 450 solutions partners who offer local support and services. Visit for more information.

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