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2014 Information Security Readers' Choice Winners

We asked readers to pick the best security products in 22 categories. Find out which products earned top honors in our 2014 Readers' Choice Awards.

Introduction

The votes are tallied. The readers have spoken.  Information Security is honoring readers’ picks for the best security hardware, appliances and services in our ninth-annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

We invited readers to complete online surveys in August to identify the top security tools from a list of more than 400 products. We also requested respondents write in and name any products that we may have missed. More than 1,700 IT security professionals cast votes in one or more of this year’s 22 categories and told us which products they can’t live without. New categories in 2014 include Denial-of-Service Products, Threat Intelligence Services and Wireless Network Security Tools.

What sets Information Security Readers' Choice winners apart from products honored with the other industry awards? We ask our survey respondents to only rate the security tools in use in their environment, and then score each product based on criteria specific to the category. For each criterion, respondents score the product on a star scale of one (poor) to five (excellent). Winners are based on the cumulative responses for each product category criterion. This year we are recognizing multiple winners in each category because the top products, according to those surveyed, are just too close to call.

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2014 Award Winners

We congratulate the 2014 Information Security Readers' Choice Award winners! Check out the winning tools for each category.

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Best application security products

Learn about the trio of readers' favorite enterprise application security products recognized in our 2014 Readers' Choice Awards. Continue Reading

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Best enterprise authentication products

The market leaders in the enterprise authentication category faced stiff competition this year from some noteworthy upstarts. Continue Reading

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Best cloud security products

Traditional security technologies like malware detection and application control are moving to the cloud. Readers pick the best cloud security products of 2014. Continue Reading

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Best data loss prevention tools

This year, our survey respondents had high praise for two enterprise DLP systems that stood above the rest. We are pleased to honor them here as the winners of our 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards. Continue Reading

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Best denial-of-service protection products

The contenders in this year's Denial of Service category, which makes its debut in the Readers’ Choice Awards, are designed to protect websites, applications and core infrastructure. Continue Reading

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Best email security products

Readers pick the top email security products of 2014, including antispam, antimalware, email filtering, email archiving and antiphishing tools. Continue Reading

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Best encryption products

Readers pick the best encryption products of 2014. One winner provides encryption within cloud apps; another tackles interoperability across various desktops and devices. Continue Reading

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Best endpoint security products

The two winners in this year’s Endpoint Security category excelled in effectively detecting, blocking and cleaning up malware, according to voters. Both products are also advancing their functionality, through cloud options or security intelligence features. Continue Reading

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Best enterprise firewall products

The two products identified as the best in the Enterprise Firewalls category faced fierce competition. Both winners are of the "next generation" variety. Continue Reading

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Best identity and access management products

Readers vote for the top identity and access management systems of 2014. IAM tools offer access privilege and authorization management, SSO and identity provisioning. Continue Reading

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Best intrusion prevention and detection systems

Does the standalone intrusion prevention system still have a place in the enterprise? Readers vote on this year’s top IPS products. Continue Reading

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Best mobile data security products

The contenders in this year’s Mobile Data Security category made up a formidable field of widespread technologies. Continue Reading

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Best network access control products

Readers pick the top network access control products in 2014. NAC systems track users and devices, including BYOD in today’s challenging network security environments. Continue Reading

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Best remote access products

Readers pick the best remote access products of 2014. Remote access appliances ensure users can connect to corporate computers or networks regardless of location. Continue Reading

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Best risk and policy management products

Readers picked the top providers of risk policy management tools in 2014. Continue Reading

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Best security information and event management products

Readers pick the top security information and event management systems in 2014. Two products reached the top of the leaderboard, earning Readers' Choice Awards for one newcomer and a longtime SIEM favorite. Continue Reading

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Best threat intelligence tools

Readers select the top threat intelligence tools of 2014 that deliver feeds on timely, emerging threat information as well as threat identification. Continue Reading

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Best unified threat management products

A UTM appliance is a single tool that monitors and manages a variety of security applications and infrastructure. Readers pick the top unified threat management products of 2014. Continue Reading

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Best vulnerability management products

A pair of established vendors shared top honors in the vulnerability management products category of the 2014 Readers' Choice Awards. Continue Reading

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Best Web application firewalls

Voters awarded high marks to Web application firewall products from longstanding security vendors in the 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards. Continue Reading

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Best Web security products

Web security products do everything from application scanning to content filtering. Readers pick the best products of 2014. Continue Reading

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Best wireless network security products

A new category in this year’s Readers' Choice Awards identifies the best wireless network security products of 2014. Continue Reading

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