Global Technology Associates

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Global Technology Associates, Inc.
Privately held company
IndustryNetwork security
HeadquartersOrlando, Florida USA
ProductsUnified threat management (UTM), Firewalls, Antivirus, Intrusion-prevention system, Antispam, VPN, URL Filtering, Virtualization, IPv6

Global Technology Associates, Inc. (GTA) is a developer and pioneer of Internet firewalls. The company is privately held with its headquarters, development and support facilities based in Orlando, Florida.


GTA was founded by a group of software engineers in 1992, and in 1994 was one of the first companies to introduced a commercial firewall. The original firewalll they introduced was the GFX-94. The GFX-94 was an stateful firewall with unique dual walled design that consisted of two separate hardware devices comprising the inner and outer firewall. The GFX-94 was in the first group of firewalls certified by the NCSA (now ICSA). In 1996 GTA introduced the first tiny footprint firewall, the GNAT Box firewall, which fit entirely on a 3.5" floppy diskette. The GNAT Box firewall evolved into the current GB-OS.[citation needed] GB-OS is the operating system for all GTA firewalls and carries the ICSA Firewall Certification.

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ItDefense Magazine March 2006
"Stop 'em with a box", Network World Aug 8, 2000 David Strom
"Tiny Firewalls Fill a Niche." Network World, November 30, 1998 Christopher Null