Peter Stephenson,CeRNS,

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Review: FortiGate-300A

Review: FortiGate-300A

The FortiGate-300A is a fullfunction front-end system for protecting a network in a way that goes far beyond intrusion prevention. It also has a built-in firewall and anti-virus protection as well as web filtering. Each port on the unit can be firewalled with specific rules and policies, allowing protected VLANs and isolated networks to be created.
May 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: InstaGate PRO

Review: InstaGate PRO

The InstaGate has several interesting features. It can become more than just a firewall and IPS, as eSoft offers different software extensions, called SoftPaks. These include anti-virus, web filters, and IM and peer-to-peer filters. Apart from being an all-in-one device, it has a range of customisable reports and alert logs. It also includes several real-time monitors and keeps track of all internal and external activity.
May 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: ipANGEL

Review: ipANGEL

This device features real-time vulnerability discovery on the network and can tune and adapt its policies for the best protection. As it learns more about the network, it customises its defences for the environment.
May 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: Nortel Threat Protection System

Review: Nortel Threat Protection System

The Nortel Threat Protection System runs on a Sourcefire platform, something that surprised us. The product is a flexible system composed of multiple sensors and a management console.
May 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: Reflex IPS100

Review: Reflex IPS100

Reflex’s IPS100 is loaded with features. It gives a thorough inspection to all network traffic, and can also be used to filter certain traffic. The device operates inline and examines for both external as well as internal threats.
May 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: Sentivist Real Time Threat Protection System

Review: Sentivist Real Time Threat Protection System

NFR is one of the pioneers in intrusion detection and prevention, and its pedigree shows in this product.
May 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: Sourcefire 3D IPS1000

Review: Sourcefire 3D IPS1000

The Sourcefire box does all the things an IPS should do. It fits comfortably in the category of an average IPS, although it must be remembered that the Sourcefire 3D Suite includes a ton of IDS, scanning, and vulnerability management capability which falls outside the context of this review. As an IPS, the box has no standout features, and nothing specifically separates it from other IPSs.
May 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: TippingPoint 200E

Review: TippingPoint 200E

Since 200E is what we call a learning device, it requires a little time on the network to begin protecting assets.
May 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: Top Layer IPS 5500-50

Review: Top Layer IPS 5500-50

This device incorporates several features in one box. It has real flexibility, with fully adjustable and customisable policies, port configuration, and management screens. It also offers several different report types, which make finding clear information about attacks or network activity easy. Reports can also be created according to a schedule set by an administrator and saved on the device for review later.
May 1 2006 12:00AM
Paying the cost to be the boss

Paying the cost to be the boss

In our organizations, we need to take a strong lead in many areas. The first area is awareness. There used to be a commercial where an executive, with a bit of a smirk, tells an IT engineer that he just opened an email attachment — like he was told not to. In our organizations, we know that sort of thing is happening somewhere in the company.
Apr 14 2006 8:14PM
Review: FortiGate-300A and FortiAnalyzer-100A

Review: FortiGate-300A and FortiAnalyzer-100A

This unit is an appliance and is very complex from the moment you take it out of the box and plug it in.
Apr 14 2006 12:00AM
Review: MIMEsweeper for Web

Review: MIMEsweeper for Web

Clearswift's MIMEsweeper for Web applies the company's email filtering system to the internet. It will install on a single Windows 2000/2003 server and works as a web proxy, scanning all requests.
Apr 14 2006 12:00AM
Review: SurfControl Web Filter

Review: SurfControl Web Filter

This venerable product is, as one would expect from one with its pedigree, fully loaded with features. As well as a full-service customizable URL filter, SurfControl contains an anti-spam agent, spyware shield, instant messaging and peer-to-peer shields, anti-virus, and games protection. The differences between this product and our Best Buys are minimal and we rate SurfControl highly recommended.
Apr 14 2006 12:00AM
Review: WebMarshal

Review: WebMarshal

WebMarshal lacks documentation and an intuitive interface, which makes it very difficult to work with and configure.
Apr 14 2006 12:00AM
Review: Websense Security Suite - Lockdown Edition

Review: Websense Security Suite - Lockdown Edition

This is a very popular product and you can see why from the moment you insert the CD, all the way through to having it completely up and ready for use. Websense is easy to use and configure. The set-up wizard has very clear steps and leaves no doubt to the installer that the program is installing correctly.
Apr 14 2006 12:00AM
Review: WebWasher CSM

Review: WebWasher CSM

This was the second of our Best Buys. It is very simple to set up and work with.
Apr 14 2006 12:00AM
Books IT security pros need

Books IT security pros need

I went through my library and picked out a few of the books that I think are the most useful and important for the security professional with little time for reading.
Mar 6 2006 10:13PM
Are infosec pros complacent?

Are infosec pros complacent?

I had a very interesting conversation with a colleague recently. He had a disturbing take on the state of information security and, particularly, practitioners (of which he is one). He took the position that security professionals who have been around a while are becoming – no, making themselves – dinosaurs. Having been in this field well over 20 years myself, I, of course, found that a disturbing notion. You know what happened to the dinosaurs. Not a pretty thought.

Feb 7 2006 8:00PM
Review: Auditor Enterprise

Review: Auditor Enterprise

NetClarity’s Auditor is a fine example of a fully featured appliance that offers not just vulnerability assessment, but also ties results to compliance and ongoing information systems audit programs. Beginning from the superb documentation and ending with the high value for the money, this product shines.
Feb 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: AZScan

Review: AZScan

AZScan has a way to go to become a world-class vulnerability assessment tool – the product is not intuitive. First, one needs to know quite a bit about the product being audited. Second, there is no online help or tool tips. Third, the menu choices don’t always behave as expected. Set-up seems easy at first, but details often don’t work.
Feb 1 2006 12:00AM

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