The GFI LANguard network security scanner and vulnerability management tool won top honors, garnering high marks from readers in most categories. Readers particularly liked the product for its ease of installation, configuration and administration, comprehensive and flexible reports, and remediation capabilities. GFI LANguard performs network scans using vulnerability check databases based on OVAL and SANS Top 20, providing over 15,000 vulnerability assessments. The tool allows administrators to deploy and manage patches on all machines across different Microsoft operating systems.
Fortinet's FortiScan snagged the silver this year, winning praise from readers for its ease of installation, configuration and administration and for effectively and accurately identifying vulnerabilities in a timely matter. The appliance also received high scores for its scalability, remediation capabilities, and vendor service and support. FortiScan integrates endpoint vulnerability management, patch management, remediation, and auditing and reporting. A centralized administration console provides management of multiple FortiScan appliances.
Tenable Network Security
The Nessus vulnerability scanner, which Tenable Network Security offers in conjunction with its Security Center and Passive Scanner products, won the bronze medal. Readers gave the product high marks for effectively and accurately identifying vulnerabilities in a timely matter, and for ease of installation, configuration and administration. Survey participants also said they feel they're getting their money's worth with Nessus. The product features high-speed discovery, configuration auditing, asset profiling and sensitive data discovery.
2010 READERS' CHOICE AWARDS WINNERS
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.
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