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Comparative Product Review: Six Web Application Firewalls

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Compared to Imperva, the Citrix dashboard is plain and uninformative. We were disappointed by the weak reporting features, which offered only four types of administrative reports--an Executive Summary, a Security Sum-mary, a Configuration Summary and an Inspection Report, which listed the attacks.

In addition to Web Application logs, Barracuda provides syslogs, network firewall logs and Web firewall logs, each with its own page under the Logs tab on the dashboard. Overall, the logging displays were visually confining and dull. Reporting capabilities were as disappointing as those offered by Citrix, limited to alerts, diagnostics and error reports. They lacked the rich level of detail and customization found in Imperva and Breach.

F5 delivers excellent monitoring, alerting, historical and forensic capabilities, but the reporting tools are only mediocre Executive, Events, Security and Attack reports, despite the phenomenal amount of information gleaned through the multiple types of monitors that continuously track HTTP, HTTPS, TCP, FTP and other network protocols.

Bee Ware's monitoring capabilities were limited to real-time application activity and security logs, which are viewed via the administrative interface or ex-ported as syslog log files. Alerting was limited to SNMP traps and syslog messages. Security administrators require instant notification through

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a variety of methods, such as SMS and email, the moment a critical event occurs.

Bee Ware only offered two basic types of logs--security and access. Each provides a table of events and each event could be clicked on for additional information. We found the logs to be more helpful than the reports for which they provided the data. Reports were limited and poorly designed in their graphical display.


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This was first published in March 2008

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