FireEye's Botwall Series 4000 appliances now integrate information from the company's global intelligence-gathering network to improve the appliances' protection against botnet infestation.

The Botwall appliances help locate bots that have already penetrated a network and help to keep new bots out. Appliances deployed at disparate customer sites can be joined together in an intelligence network that gathers information about botnets and makes it available to all network participants. Shared information includes data about new botnets, their methods of network penetration, as well as the location of botnet command and control centers.

"Botnet infiltration has grown to major proportions, but few as yet recognize just how serious the threat really has become. Events such as the Estonian botnet attack and the Storm worm indicate the potential scale and impact. This is risk on a different level from other forms of attack, with the potential for widespread disruption. These factors demand a new assessment of the risk-as well as recognition that traditional approaches face significant challenges in containing the threat. Companies like FireEye are combating this problem head on and I applaud them for their dedication," said Scott Crawford, CISSP, ISAP, ISSMP, research director with Enterprise Management Associates (EMA)."

The rackmount appliances are capable of operating at network speeds up to 6Gbps, and a centralized management system (CMS) is available that streamlines appliance deployment, offers centralized reporting, and serves as a data warehouse for audited events.

Pricing for the FireEye CMS starts at $10,000 per unit, and FireEye Botwall Series 4000 appliance models start at $21,000 per unit. Participation in the FireEye Botwall Network is available on a subscription basis. For more information about how the Botwall appliances work, go to "VM on Appliance Shuts Down Bots"