September 1, 2000
Arbor, Michigan based Cybernet Systems announced the expansion of
its firewall product line with the launching of the NetMAX Professional
Suite. The NetMAX Professional Suite is an add-on software module
that adds network security, connectivity, and file and print-sharing
in an all-in-one package.
Systems, a rather diverse firewall vendor, started out as a human
to machine interaction company, Cybernet's gesture recognition technology
is designed to re-engineer how people interact with computers. The
underlying technology observes human hand and body motions and interprets
gestural signals in order to control devices. 
is betting that gesture recognition technology will ultimately replace
physical input devices such as keyboards, mice, and remote control
devices. Gesture recognition is an excellent complement to voice
recognition. If gesture and voice recognition can interoperate with
information security devices, we expect Cybernet Systems to lead
Source: Cybernet Systems, Inc.
Imagine the possibilities if the administration of a firewall could be
made so simple that even a junior level technician could administer it.
Instead of knowing what TCP and UDP ports to block and going in and editing
and updating a firewall rule set, wouldn't it be nice if you could just
tell your firewall "block porn" or "block Telnet" or "allow NewYorkTimes.Com."
Gesture recognition technology is a way to allow hearing-impaired individuals
to use sign language to perform administrative tasks by saying "block
porn" in sign language. Today administering a firewall is typically done
by senior level technical staff. By making a firewall truly simple to
administer, a grade-school teacher could easily control what sites were
made viewable to an elementary classroom.
The NetMAX Professional Suite is a product that is best suited for small
to medium-sized businesses. Their firewall is based on a proxy architecture
rather than a stateful packet inspection architecture. The NetMAX firewall
product can run on top of the following operating systems: