Consequently, network security managers have been forced to consider more comprehensive strategies and solutions that can be implemented quickly and easily across the network.
To that end, Datamation readers made Integrity 4.0 from Zone Labs Inc. their top pick in the security category of this year's Product of the Year Awards. Gateway Security 5460 from Symantec Corp. placed second, followed by Securify SecurVantage 4.0 from Securify, Inc.; FirewallAnalyzer Enterprise from eIQnetworks, Inc.; and NetDetector from NIKSUN, Inc.
Integrity 4.0 does a great job of managing remote laptops as well as desktops, and the ability to easily manage central, broad deployments is really what every security manager wants, says Eric Ogren, a senior analyst at Yankee Group in Boston.
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Integrity provides three security clients that can be used either independently or in any combination. Two of these, Integrity Agent and Integrity Flex, offer centralized IT security and policy management. The third, Integrity Desktop, is used in situations where central management is unnecessary.
Ogren also concurs that Gateway Security 5460 (SGS) from Symantec is a popular choice because of its ability to filter perimeter gateways.
"For small to medium businesses this single security appliance makes a lot of sense," Ogren says. "What this SGS product does is a nice job of integrating antivirus and URL filtering directly into the firewall."
That means if there is a branch office without an IT person on the premises, a single device can easily manage the security needs and be monitored remotely.