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December 2004

Best security products of 2004

Seasoned security pros recognize that security isn't just about products; it's about people, process and policy. But products are inarguably the most visible, tangible and accessible tools of IT risk management. They are the mechanisms for carrying out the strategic policies and processes that drive security's success in any organization. Information Security's "2004 Products of the Year" is a compilation of the best commercial products across 13 categories. Unlike other security product awards, the judge for these awards was you, the information security practitioner. Information Security and our research partner, TheInfoPro, conducted 416 in-depth interviews of security managers working in 273 companies, evaluating a total of 1,239 products. The rating for each gold, silver and bronze winner is a composite score based on the following criteria: vendor's brand or reputation, quality of product, delivery of product as promised, quality of technical support, technical innovation, strategic vision, competitive positioning of the ...

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