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Icon Labs’ Floodgate Packet Filter Named One of the 2011 Hot 100 Technology Products

UBM Electronics’ EDN has named the Floodgate-Packet Filter embedded firewall one of the “100 Hot Products of 2011.” Icon Labs’ Floodgate-Packet Filter was selected as a significant contribution to security technology in embedded networking


Icon Labs’ Floodgate Packet Filter Named One of the 2011 Hot 100 Technology Products by EDN Complete Embedded Firewall Solution

Protects Embedded Devices from Internet-based Attacks with Static Filtering, Stateful Packet Inspection and Threshold-Based Filtering 

West Des Moines, IA -  ( December 7, 2011)

Icon Labs ( a leading provider of embedded networking and security technology, today announced that UBM Electronics’ EDN has named their Floodgate-Packet Filter embedded firewall one of the “100 Hot Products of 2011.”  The 2011 EDN Hot 100 highlights the electronics industry’s most significant products of the year based on innovation, significance, usefulness, and popularity.

According to Rich Pell, Executive Editor of EDN and Designlines, UBM Electronics, who oversaw and contributed to the EDN Hot 100, “Icon Labs’ Floodgate-Packet Filter was selected as one of this year’s EDN Hot 100 Products for its promise as a significant contribution to security technology in embedded networking.  By providing an embedded firewall that enables network-connected embedded devices to filter data packets before they’re processed, and thus avoid potentially harmful external attacks, this technology helps bring closer the realization of the ’Internet of Things.’”

“This awards program has been in existence since 1993 and over the years has highlighted many industry trends – this year is no different. We are very pleased to showcase the top products of the many thousands announced during the past year that especially caught the attention of our editors and readers,” added Pell. The complete list of EDN’s Hot 100 Products can be found online at or within the December 15, 2011 issue of EDN Magazine. “The selection of Floodgate to the EDN Hot 100 is a great honor and represents another endorsement of Icon Labs’ leadership in embedded device security, and the importance of firewall technology for embedded devices,” said Alan Grau, President of Icon Labs.

 “According to IDC, there are now 5 billion devices connected to the Internet and attacks against embedded devices have become front page news.  Firewalls have long been a cornerstone of security in home and enterprise networks.  Floodgate brings firewall technology to embedded devices, providing protection against a wide range of attacks and closing a critical security loophole.”

Floodgate’s threshold-based filtering protects against denial of service attacks, broadcast storms, and other conditions that result in a flood of unwanted packets.  Rules-based filtering allows white-listing and black-listing based on criteria such as port number, protocol, or source IP address. Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) provides dynamic packet filtering based on the state of a connection. 

Icon Labs’ Floodgate Firewall is provided as a portable source code library and is easily integrated with any embedded operating system and TCP/IP stack and has been ported to Green Hills Software’s INTEGRITY and VelOSity, Wind River’s VxWorks and LynuxWorks’ LynxOS.  Floodgate makes it easy to add complete, configurable firewall protection to your product regardless of the embedded platform.

About Icon Laboratories, Inc.

Icon Labs is a leading provider of embedded networking and security solutions.  Founded in 1992, Icon Labs is headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, visit, send email to, or call 1.888.235.3443 (U.S. and Canada) or 515.226.3443 (International).About EDN (, a leading UBM Electronics brand, is the comprehensive information resource for the electronics original equipment manufacturer segment, providing in-depth technical information for electronics design engineers and news and strategic business insight for executives. 

About UBM Electronics  

UBM Electronics is the global leader in media and marketing solutions for the electronics industry.   UBM Electronics delivers results for the key influencers and decision makers involved in the design, development and commercialization of technology through its market leading brands, peer communities and professional education services.  

More than 2.2 million engineering professionals engage with UBM Electronics brands which include EE Times, EDN, EDN China, EDN Asia, EDN Japan, Design News and Test & Measurement World, TechOnline, Designlines and across the globe to accelerate technology sales. The international electronics community gathers at UBM Electronics market leading events such as the Embedded Systems Conferences, DesignCon and ARM Technology Conference to share, learn, discuss, and advance the critical issues and challenges facing the electronics industry. Additionally, UBM Electronics provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation marketing, integrated media, custom solutions and research.  UBM Electronics is part of UBM (UBM.L) a global provider of media and information services for professional B2B communities and markets. 


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