Review: DeepNines i Trust Security Platform

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Review: DeepNines i Trust Security Platform

DeepNines’ Security Edge Platform (SEP) takes a new look at UTM. This device does not become the gateway, but instead works with an existing firewall and sits between the internet and the perimeter to stop attacks before they can hit the firewall.

Beyond its interesting approach, this appliance also offers web content filters, blocking of P2P and chat programs, and fully customizable rule sets.

We found this product to be quite easy to deploy and manage. Initial configuration consisted of just setting a management IP address and loading the Java-based management console onto our management computer and we were up and running.

From there we instantly noticed the near real-time views of network traffic and statistics on the Edge Security Profiler screen, which is loaded in a separate web window. The management console itself is easy to navigate and managing the device was simple and intuitive.

This device gets high points for performance. While it is not as feature-rich as most UTMs, its approach to network protection is one of a kind. We also found its ability to tie directly into Active Directory for easy policy creation and Group Policy management to be a key benefit.

Documentation for this product includes installation instruction sheets and a user guide, as well as documents for setting up both Active Directory and eDirectory integration.

DeepNines offers phone and email support 24/7, as well as a small knowledge base via the website. We find that support is above average for this product.

Frontline 910 (10Mbps) base UTM starts at US$5,000, while the largest base UTM, Frontline 91000 (1Gig+), starts at US$48,000 with varying sized models in between. Additional functionality modules can be purchased separately.

We find this product a good value for the money due to its interesting approach to perimeter security and its ease of use. However, the appliance is a bit low on features, so we find it does not deliver the whole scope of protection that we have come to expect from today’s UTMs.

For: IPS and content filter that sits outside to stop attacks before they reach the network
Against: Small feature set
Verdict: A unique product at a good price but with a limited feature set

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