Access "Redefining free security software"
This article is part of the October 2007 issue of Tips from the 2007 Security 7 Awards
Remember when Nessus updates and plug-ins were free? It wasn't that long ago. And when the latest Snort signatures were a few gratis clicks away too? Those were the days when the best open source security software was free, as in free beer. Well, Nessus had to grow up; Snort too. They've been commercialized by those that built them, and that was inevitable. After all, this is a capitalistic society, and eventually the socialism that is the free software movement just doesn't pay the bills. Today, the core Nessus engine is free, and you can still get Snort at no cost, but the free beer analogy has gone a little flat. Timely updates will cost you an expensive license agreement, and the words copyright, patent and acquisition have infiltrated the lexicon of "the community." Smart guys like Renaud Deraison at Tenable and Marty Roesch at Sourcefire have mastered teetering the fragile boundary between upsetting the bottom line and satisfying their open source following. ClamAV was the latest open source project to see dollar signs and cross over to ... Access >>>
Premium Content for Free.
Achieving Access Control with Symark PowerBroker 5.0
In this product review, discover everything you need to know about Symark PowerBroker 5.0, such as policy control, logging and reporting capabilities, configuration and management.
Guardium SQL Guard 6.0 product review
Guardium SQL Guard 6.0 is evaluated on its ability to monitor access to SQL databases. SQL Guard ensures a system of checks and balances between the security and database engineering teams.
Knoppix-NSM removes complexity of Snort-based network security monitoring
by Russ McRee, Contributor
Open source Knoppix-NSM is a complete network security monitoring system on a single CD.
Device Management: Pointsec Protector software review
Pointsec Protector manages unsecured ports and endpoint devices while transparently delivering encryption, filtering content, enforcing policies and maintaining an audit trail, even when mobile devices are disconnected from the network.
BeyondTrust Privilege Manager 3.0 product review
BeyondTrust's Privilege Manager 3.0 addresses elevated user privileges through a Group Policy extension that allows organizations to control permissions for selected processes and applications.
- Achieving Access Control with Symark PowerBroker 5.0
SonicWALL TZ 180W firewall product review
SonicWALL TZ 180W is an effective firewall for small- and medium-size businesses with a subset of features that will appeal to network managers.
Proofpoint On Demand Product Review
In this product review, learn about Proofpoint On Demand antivirus and antispam features.
Security 7 Award winners successfully integrate security and business
The 2007 Information Security magazine Security 7 Award winners demonstrate how their strategies for integrating their security programs into the overall business.
Log management reins in security and network device data
Learn how to manage log data from security and network devices in order to manage security events in real time.
Automated configuration management tools clean out redundant rules
Change management becomes a tough challenge when implementing numerous firewalls.
- SonicWALL TZ 180W firewall product review
Learn to balancing security and usability
Security measures such as constant password changes, are becoming intrusive, and the return is questionable.
Interview: CISO explains enterprise's access control policies
Access control and authentication isn't as simple as setting up user IDs and passwords.
Vendor compliance management: Are health care software vendors HIPAA compliant?
Software used in health care is rife with vulnerabilities. It's time vendors shape up.
- Viewpoint: Hard drive encryption growing
Redefining free security software
Popular open source security products such as Nessus, Snort and Clam AV are being commercialized, redefining the notion of free software.
- Learn to balancing security and usability
More Premium Content Accessible For Free
The network of today's enterprise is larger and more diverse than ever, which means there's more for hackers to attack. So as enterprises update ...
In the rush to capitalize on big data, many companies forget that developing an ecosystem of structured and unstructured data means higher risk of ...
As the number of Internet-connected devices grows, the potential security challenges of the so-called "Internet of Things," or IoT, can no longer be ...