Readers' Choice Awards '08: IT Security Products of the Year


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Vulnerability assessment and management systems


IBM Internet Security Systems Internet Scanner, Proventia Network Enterprise Scanner

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Taking home an award for the second year in a row, IBM's set of vulnerability management products is at the core of Big Blue's security portfolio.

Its Internet Scanner application focuses on network-wide asset discovery, vulnerability assessment and reporting. The optional SiteProtector add-on can manage multiple instances of Internet Scanner, including scheduling, prioritizing and automating scanning events. It relies on vulnerability data from the ISS X-Force research team.

The company's set of Proventia Network Enterprise Scanner appliances offers both assessment and remediation elements. Beyond various asset identification, classification and assessment methods, the product offers remediation features like vulnerability prioritization, traditional and virtual patching via IBM's Proventia IPS system, and activity ownership, tracking, logging and reporting.

Available in two versions, the Enterprise Scanner 750 desktop can assess up to 250 assets per hour, while the 1500 rack-mounted unit can handle up to 800 assets per hour.

NOTABLE IBM acquired ISS for $1.3 billion in 2006.

This was first published in April 2008

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