Best of remote access 2013

Sally Johnson, Contributor

Gold:  Check Point Remote Access VPN Software Blade, Check Point Software Technologies LTD.

Readers awarded the gold medal to Check Point's Endpoint Remote Access VPN Software Blade, applauding it for its end-user transparency, ease of use, integration and compatibility with existing platforms and applications and "excellent vendor support." The software was highly rated for its ease of installation, configuration and administration and its authentication support.

The Check Point Endpoint Remote Access VPN Software Blade supports full IPsec VPN connectivity and comes with a VPN auto-connect feature that automatically restores lost connections to ensure safe network connectivity. The product is integrated into Check Point's Software Blade Architecture and centrally managed by the Endpoint Policy Management Software Blade, which allows administrators to control all security functions via a single console.

The software provides users with secure, seamless access to corporate networks and resources when traveling or working remotely. Privacy and integrity of sensitive information is ensured through multi-factor authentication, endpoint system compliance scanning and encryption of all transmitted data.

Expert market reflection on category dynamics:

"Ideal remote access systems empower IT to make the enterprise open for business for all staff, from any location, at any time, using any modern platform -- this is what the virtual enterprise requires to be nimble, innovative, and effective. Moreover, they have to do this with minimal disruption to staff's ability to connect up and get working quickly and easily -- no more hurdles to working than are absolutely necessary to adequately secure enterprise access."

-- John E. Burke, principal research analyst, Nemertes Research

Silver winner:  Juniper Networks SA Series SLL VPN Appliances, Juniper Networks

Last year's gold winner, Juniper Networks' SA Series VPN Appliances took home the silver in 2013. Readers still rate it as being "excellent, reliable, secure and easy to use." The SA series includes the SA2500 for small and medium-sized businesses, SA4500 for medium-sized to large organizations, and SA6500 for large enterprises and service providers. A single SA6500 device can support up to 10,000 concurrent users with the ability to scale much higher with two- and four-unit clusters. The virtual appliance in the SA series runs on VMware software.

Bronze winner:  Netgear ProSafe VPN Firewall, Netgear

Netgear ProSafe VNP Firewall won bronze, with readers calling it "good, cheap and powerful." The firewall is an SNMP-manageable, high-performance network product designed to provide multidimensional security. Fully equipped and broadband capable, this VPN firewall comes with connection insurance: a built-in serial port for dial-up access. This feature helps maintain operation even if your broadband Internet connection fails. It also lets you retain an analog modem for emergency backup and provides a migration path from analog to bandwidth. Readers rated it highly for integration and compatibility with existing platforms and applications.

View the next item in this Essential Guide: Best of security information and event management 2013 or view the full guide: Security Readers' Choice Awards 2013

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