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February 2003

NetIQ's five-point security architecture

As a Windows-centric security information management (SIM) solution, NetIQ's Security Manager works well in homogenous Windows networks, offering enterprises an efficient means of monitoring security and network devices, correlating and analyzing event data, and updating policies and configurations. Where Security Manager falls short is in its lack of support for non-Windows applications and devices. NetIQ added agents for a short list of "leading" security and networking devices, leaving many non-Windows platforms unsupported. With some finesse, admins can port logs to Security Manager for analysis, but that involves a cumbersome process and detracts from the SIM's ability to do real-time security management. In the right environment, though, Security Manager does a good job of fulfilling its role. More than just an event correlation engine, the centralized console is a performance monitor, a policy compliance checker and an information archive. For version 4.1, NetIQ added an enhanced incident-management console, better ...

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