Information Security Magazine, following extensive review, has published its list of the top security products for 2004. Evaluating products in a baker’s dozen of categories, and with a first, second, and third place in each (gold, silver, and bronze, respectively), this is one extensive and thorough cross-product comparison!
Aunty particularly likes that they provide not only a blurb about each gold-winning product, but provide user comments for the silver and bronze winners.
The thirteen categories tracked include Antivirus and Antiworm, Network Firewalls, Intrusion Detection Systems, Intrusion Prevention Systems, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), Security Appliances, Patch Management, Security Management Systems, Vulnerability Management, Identity Management, Content Filtering, Authentication and Authorization, and Emerging Technologies.
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The Gold winner for Antivirus and Antiworm was Sophos Anti-Virus (way to go, guys!), and for Content Filtering it was Postini’s Perimeter Manager. Aunty especially liked the name of the Gold winner for Patch Management, which was, aptly, BigFix Patch Manager. Microsoft Windows Update Service took the bronze in that category. Said the user comment for that entry, “Microsoft’s patch management might lack a couple of features, but it’s good enough overall, and it’s free.” Astute observations, those.
It’s a great report, and well worth the cost of surfing over to TechTarget.com to read the whole thing.
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