Intrusion Prevention: Stonesoft's SGI-2000S IPS


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Price: SGI-2000S, $31,900; SGI-200ANZ, $8,950

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of intrusion detection/prevention systems has increased considerably, in part because of improved effectiveness and the need to comply with federal and industry regulations. Stonesoft offers a strong new entry into this crowded market with its StoneGate IPS products.

StoneGate's security platform is highly flexible and scalable, featuring a three-tier architecture--user interface, management and IPS (and firewall if you own it as well). Organizations can deploy clusters with up to 16 nodes.

We tested the SGI-2000S IPS sensor appliance and SGI-200ANZ analyzer device (for event correlation).

Since the appliances come with IPS engines installed, we only needed to install the three management components, which we put on a single Windows server. (Linux and Solaris OS versions are available.)

Wizard-driven installation and configuration of the management server, which can manage all Stonesoft products, is fairly simple.

There's no auto-update capability, so we recommend you download and install the latest IPS signature updates (released about once per week) as regularly as possible.

This was first published in September 2007

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