Open Text upgrades security with SOCKS Client
Content may be king, but unless its secure, it will behave like more like the Joker in your Enterprise CMS rather than the King.

And with the number of security threats on the web growing, Enterprise Content Management (ECM) companies like Open Text (news, site) are working hard to see what solution they can develop to close the back-door on their systems.

This week, Open Text has announced the immediate availability of the latest version of their security solution -- Open Text SOCKS Client -- an enterprise-grade SOCKS V4 and V5 client.

The principal problem at the moment is that many vendor applications cannot work with firewalls or proxy servers and forcing enterprises to leave holes in their infrastructures to enable users access legitimate websites.

Access Through Proxies And Firewalls

Open Text SOCKS Client provides a relatively simple solution to this by providing a rules based engine that allows systems administrators to specify what application traffic should be secured.

By doing this, they effectively enable the right traffic to gain access to hosts on the far side of firewalls or proxy servers by redirecting connections from those external hosts into the SOCKS server, which validates, or rejects, that connection.

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Open Text SOCKS Client enables traffic to gain access to hosts on the far side of firewalls, or proxy servers

Its simplicity stems from the fact that it does not require changes to the enterprise applications code.

Open Text SOCKS Client is designed for single users, corporate users and third-party vendors, and can be used with all Windows operating systems on 32-bit and 64-bit platforms.

That said, it was designed with the enterprise user in mind and comes with an easy-to-use interface that allows personalized rule-based settings that can be configured according to the needs of the given enterprise.

Concerns that larger enterprises may have about load balancing on the SOCKS server have been dealt with by allowing the Client to randomly select one of any SOCKS servers listed during initial configuration, which also guarantees security in the event of the failure of one of the servers.

It the event a server does fail, or there are other problems, it comes with an established customer-support organization.

Easy Installation Process

Ready for centralized deployment throughout a given enterprise, Open Text SOCKS Client has a number of features that make it easy to use, including:

  • Install with an existing network without having to make any alterations to existing applications
  • Ensure loads to SOCKS servers are distributed evenly
  • Fail-over function to ensure security is not compromised in the event of central server failure.
  • Enhancement to security with DNS resolution (and reverse resolution) allowing it to identify threat addresses
  • Centralized MSI-based installation for managed deployment
  • Customer support system.

As OEM software, it allows third parties to implement the SOCKS client in any existing network application, which like SOCKS for enterprises, will limit the amount of code changes needed to install it while at the same time leaving existing workflow practices as they are.