Jon Tullett

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Review: Laplink PCdefense

Review: Laplink PCdefense

Everyone above a certain age remembers Laplink. Back before PCs were easily networked, you copied files from A to B by connecting serial or parallel cables and firing up the Laplink DOS agent. The firm has come a long way since then, and its range of data management and migration tools has expanded over the years.
Aug 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: KeyGhost USB Keylogger

Review: KeyGhost USB Keylogger

Physical keyloggers top the list of security nightmares for most in the profession. While full-blown remote access trojans are worse, they are also fairly easy to identify and block, both at installation and in use, but physical keyloggers are much harder to identify.
Jul 11 2006 12:00AM
Review: DFL-2500

Review: DFL-2500

D-Link’s DFL-2500 offers more network control than we expected, and does it at a good price for its class.
Jul 10 2006 12:00AM
Review: FortiGate-1000A

Review: FortiGate-1000A

We were pleased to see that this unit’s web GUI was one of the few being tested that defaults to a secure HTTPS connection. There is also a fully featured console available through serial connection, although it has a blank default password. That can be set, but a lot of users might forget, leaving their systems vulnerable.
Jul 10 2006 12:00AM
Review: Astaro Security Gateway

Review: Astaro Security Gateway

The ASG 425 is at the top end of Astaro’s 1U appliance range, with several smaller versions and two larger options available. The unit offers eight ports, but just one is active by default and is used for the internal segment (and web management). The rest must be specifically enabled and configured, which is our preferred default configuration: everything blocked by default.
Jul 10 2006 12:00AM
Review: PRO 4100

Review: PRO 4100

SonicWALL’s PRO line of UTM appliances offers a good collection of features over and beyond a basic firewall, although this core feature is well provided. The 4100 we received is at the upper end of the line, offering 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports and throughput of 800Mbps. A 2.4Gbps version is also available.
Jul 10 2006 12:00AM
Review: ZyXEL ZyWALL UTM

Review: ZyXEL ZyWALL UTM

The ZyWALL 35 is a mid-range model with four LAN and two WAN ports, and a throughput of 70Mbps.
Jul 10 2006 12:00AM
Review: Firebox XCore 2500

Review: Firebox XCore 2500

The Firebox range is always easy to pick out of a group, with its trademark red casing. The unit ships with a full complement of hardware, some enabled through software licenses.
Jul 10 2006 12:00AM
Review: TSP 7300

Review: TSP 7300

The Total Stream Protection (TSP) line was part of the package when Secure Computing bought CyberGuard. This model is a beefy 3U box, supporting up to 38 ports with a total filtered throughput of 2.8Gbps (or half that for AES-encrypted VPNs). Hot-swappable redundant power and RAID storage is standard, and the box fully supports high-availability in various configurations.
Jul 10 2006 12:00AM
Review: NETASQ F800 UTM

Review: NETASQ F800 UTM

NETASQ sent us a very attractive 1U box which boasted a very impressive collection of features. While most of these did work as advertised, it was let down by its interface and set-up process. But the box did perform rather well in the end.
Jul 10 2006 12:00AM
Review: Kerio WinRoute Firewall

Review: Kerio WinRoute Firewall

This was the only software being tested. WinRoute is intended to be installed on Windows systems, and there must be doubts about the product’s viability as Microsoft continues building features into ISA Server. For now, WinRoute is cheaper and offers features ISA does not.
Jul 10 2006 12:00AM
Review: UTM Plus

Review: UTM Plus

Network Box offers hosted security services based on its own custom appliances installed locally on end users’ networks. The company has a range of services designed to meet the requirements of firms of all sizes – from small home office users to large corporate enterprises.
Jun 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: RFprotect Endpoint

Review: RFprotect Endpoint

Despite the name, this is not similar to the endpoint products in this month’s endpoint security group test, hence its inclusion here on its own.
Jun 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: Skybox View 2.5

Review: Skybox View 2.5

This suite of security risk management applications contains components that analyze networks for vulnerabilities, identify risks, spot anomalous activity and report on it, raise alerts and track mitigation, then map the whole lot back to a set of business processes and risk models.
May 12 2006 12:00AM
Review: Configuresoft ECM and SUM

Review: Configuresoft ECM and SUM

Configuresoft’s Enterprise Configuration Manager (ECM) is a management application for configuration, patching, security, audit and compliance – and all from a single, very scalable console view.
May 12 2006 12:00AM
Review: ReadyARM

Review: ReadyARM

Avanton’s ReadyARM is an IDS appliance aimed at SMEs. It is based on open-source IDS and vulnerability-scanning software and has custom wrappers to hold it together, a web GUI and prepackaged reports.
Feb 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: MIMEsweeper Email Managed Service

Review: MIMEsweeper Email Managed Service

Clearswift is well-known for its MIMEsweeper filtering software, but entered two new markets in 2005. First, it introduced an appliance format of the product, and then launched a managed service with no fanfare.
Feb 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: RSA SecurID Appliance

Review: RSA SecurID Appliance

This appliance is aimed at SMEs wanting two-factor authentication, but which cannot manage their own authentication server. It supports up to 250 users, and automates much of the normal hassle of configuration and management. Despite the SME focus, a larger enterprise might use it to give a core group of users strongly authenticated access to intranet resources.
Feb 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: Mimecast Online

Review: Mimecast Online

Mimecast offers its technologies as an appliance and a managed service for smaller enterprises, run from three data centers. The service is almost wholly automated, with clients not expected to do much admin work at all beyond reporting.
Feb 1 2006 12:00AM
Review: BlackSpider MailControl

Review: BlackSpider MailControl

BlackSpider’s services have performed well in our previous, more filtering-oriented tests. The company is focused on mail and web filtering, and unlike other services, it has no plans to offer long-term mail archival, claiming limited demand — surprising, but there are good arguments for separating email management from archiving.
Feb 1 2006 12:00AM

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