Best Network Firewall Products 2010

Fortinet FortiGate-1240B

Fortinet's FortiGate-1240B appliance provides a comprehensive and high-performance array of security and networking functions including protection against network,

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content, and application-level threats without degrading network availability and uptime. Readers praised FortiGate's ability to block intrusions, attacks and unauthorized network traffic, and its application-layer/protocol/HTTP controls, earning the product the gold medal. FortiGate also received high marks for its ease of installation, confirmation and administration. The FortiGate-1240B features a purpose-built processor, the FortiASIC Network Processor, to provide security throughput at switching speeds.

Juniper Networks SSG, ISG appliances
Juniper Networks

Earning the silver this year, Juniper Networks' SSG and ISG appliances provide a comprehensive set of unified threat management (UTM) security features, including stateful firewall, IPSec VPN, IPS, antivirus (anti-spyware, anti-phishing, anti-adware), anti-spam, and Web filtering. Readers rated the products highly for vendor service and support, ability to block intrusions, attacks and unauthorized network traffic, and central management. The SSG and ISG appliances also scored well for their application-layer/protocol/HTTP controls.

Cisco ASA 5500 Series
Cisco Systems

The Cisco ASA 5500 Series Adaptive Security Appliances garnered the bronze this year, winning high marks from readers for their ability to block intrusions, attacks and unauthorized network traffic, along with their application layer controls. Cisco ASA 5500 also earned high ratings in the area of vendor service and support. The appliances, built on the Cisco PIX security appliance technology, provide application-aware firewall services with identity-based access control and denial of service protection.


  Introduction and Methodology
  Best Antimalware Products
Readers vote on the best business-grade desktop and server antivirus and antispyware products.
  Best Authentication Products
Readers vote on the best digital identity verification products, services, and management systems, including PKI, hardware and software tokens, smart cards.
  Best Data Loss Prevention Products
Readers vote on the best network, client and combined data loss prevention software and appliances for enterprise and midmarket deployments.
  Best Identity and Access Management Products
Readers vote on the best identity and access management products, including user identity access privilege and authorization management, single sign-on, user identity provisioning.
  Best Intrusion Detection and Prevention Products
Readers vote on the best intrusion prevention/detection products, including network-based intrusion detection and prevention appliances, using signature-, behavior-, anomaly- and rate-based detection.
  Best Messaging Security Products
Readers vote on the best antispam, antiphishing, email antivirus and antimalware filtering, software and appliance products, as well as hosted "in-the-cloud" email security services.
  Best Mobile Data Security Products
Readers vote on the best mobile data security products, including hardware- and software-based file and full disk laptop encryption and removable storage device protection.
  Best Network Access Control Products
Readers vote for the best NAC products, including appliance, software and infrastructure user and device network access policy creation, compliance, enforcement and remediation.
  Best Network Firewalls
Readers vote on the best network firewalls, including enterprise-caliber network firewall appliances and software, and stateful packet filtering firewalls with advanced application/protocol layer filtering.
  Best Secure Remote Access Products
Readers vote on the best remote access products, including IPsec VPN, SSL VPN, and combined systems and products, as well as other remote access products and services.
  Best Security Information and Event Management Products
Security information and event management and log management software, appliances and managed services for SMB and enterprise security monitoring, compliance and reporting.
  Best Unified Threat Management Products
Readers voted on the best unified threat management products, including UTM appliances that feature firewall, VPN, gateway antivirusm URL Web filtering and antispam.
  Best Vulnerability Management Products
Readers vote on the best vulnerability management products, including network vulnerability assessment scanners, vulnerability risk management, reporting, remediation and compliance, patch management and vulnerability management lifecycle products.
  Best Web Security Gateway Products
Readers vote on the best Web security gateway products, including software and hardware, hosted Web services for inbound and outbound content filtering for malware activity detection and prevention.

This was first published in September 2010

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