Readers' Choice Awards 2011

For the sixth consecutive year, Information Security readers voted to determine the best security products. More than 1,500 voters participated this year, rating products in 14 different categories.

Methodology
Respondents were asked to rate only the products in use in their organization, and rate each product based on criteria specific to each category. For each criteria, respondents scored the product on a scale of one (poor) to five (excellent). In addition, each criteria was given a weighted percentage to reflect its importance in that category.

Winners were based on the cumulative weighted responses for each product category criteria. Editors arrived at a product's overall score by calculating the average score it received for each criteria, applying the weighted percentage and adding the adjusted scores.

Table of contents:

Best Antimalware Products 2011

Readers vote on the best business-grade desktop and server antivirus and antispyware products.

Best Authentication Products 2011

Readers vote on the best digital identity verification products, services, and management systems, including PKI, hardware and software tokens, smart cards.

Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention Products 2011

Readers vote on the best intrusion prevention/detection products, including network-based intrusion detection and prevention appliances, using signature-, behavior-, anomaly- and rate-based detection.

Best Identity and Access Management Products 2011

Readers vote on the best identity and access management products, including user identity access privilege and authorization management, single sign-on, user identity provisioning.

Best Messaging Security Products 2011

Readers vote on the best antispam, antiphishing, email antivirus and antimalware filtering, software and appliance products, as well as hosted "in-the-cloud" email security services.

Best Mobile Data Security Products 2011

Readers vote on the best mobile data security products, including hardware- and software-based file and full disk laptop encryption and removable storage device protection.

Best Network Access Control Products 2011

Readers vote for the best NAC products, including appliance, software and infrastructure user and device network access policy creation, compliance, enforcement and remediation.

Best Policy and Risk Management Products 2011

Readers vote on the best risk assessment and modeling, and policy creation, monitoring and reporting products and services, IT governance, risk and compliance products, and configuration management products.

Best Secure Remote Access Products 2011

Readers vote on the best remote access products, including IPsec VPN, SSL VPN, and combined systems and products, as well as other remote access products and services.

Best SIM Products 2011

Security information and event management and log management software, appliances and managed services for SMB and enterprise security monitoring, compliance and reporting.

Best Unified Threat Management Products 2011

Readers voted on the best unified threat management products, including UTM appliances that feature firewall, VPN, gateway antivirusm URL Web filtering and antispam.

Best Vulnerability Management Products 2011

Readers vote on the best vulnerability management products, including network vulnerability assessment scanners, vulnerability risk management, reporting, remediation and compliance, patch management and vulnerability management lifecycle products.

Best Web Application Firewalls 2011

Readers vote on the best standalone Web application firewalls as well as WAFs that are part of application acceleration/delivery systems.

Best Web Security Products 2011

Readers vote on the best Web security products, including software and hardware, hosted Web services for inbound and outbound content filtering for malware activity detection and prevention.