Symantec Security Information Manager
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After last year's second place finish in the SIEM category, Symantec took home the gold this year with its Security Information Manager. The product garnered top marks from readers for its ease of integration and compatibility with existing systems -- an important feature for a product type known to require a longer deployment timeline. It also scored highly for its granular and flexible policy definitions, event correlation capabilities and data archiving, making it a solid standout.
Trend Micro Control Manager
Perhaps known more for its antivirus and anti-spam products, Trend Micro came in second this year with its Control Manager. The product earned solid marks for its ease of installation -- a feature for which SIEM is not generally known -- and ROI. In addition, readers were generally pleased with its effective dashboard and ease of integration, and gave respectable marks for the product's ability to map data to policy or compliance requirements.
Coming in third was ArcSight's Enterprise Security Manager (ESM), which was singled out for its ability to map network and application data to security policy or compliance regulations: a key driver for many enterprise SIEM implementations. Readers also gave the product high marks for event correlation and the effectiveness of the dashboard in visualizing status and implementing policy, with only slightly lower marks than Symantec for data archiving.
2010 READERS' CHOICE AWARDS WINNERS
Introduction and Methodology
Best Antimalware Products
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Best Authentication Products
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Best Data Loss Prevention Products
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Best Identity and Access Management Products
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Best Intrusion Detection and Prevention Products
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Best Messaging Security Products
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Best Mobile Data Security Products
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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.