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


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Wireless firewalls, access control and security systems, and IPSes


SonicWALL TZ 190

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Readers gave SonicWALL TZ 190 high scores in access control, intrusion detection and migration, ROI, vendor support, ease of installation and integration with wired security management systems, earning the product the gold in this category.

SonicWALL TZ 190 includes several unified threat management (UTM) features, such as gateway antivirus, deep packet inspection firewall, antispyware and antispam, combined with the ability to connect to 3G wireless broadband networks via an approved wireless broadband PC card.

The option of using cell phone networks as a backup connection enables organizations to utilize DSL as their primary connection, but if the DSL fails, there is still a working connection, which increases reliability, says John Gordineer, product line manager at SonicWALL.

The device is centrally managed via SonicWALL's Global Management System, which allows administrators to perform simplified configuration, enforcement and management of global security policies, VPN and services.

NOTABLE SonicWALL has been aggressive in the last two years, acquiring LassoLogic, enKoo, MailFrontier and Aventail, while expanding its target market from a strict SMB focus to larger enterprises.


Cisco Wireless Security Suite
Cisco Systems

Readers applauded the Cisco Wireless Security Suite for its scalability, integration with wired security management systems, vendor support and granular and flexible policy creation, earning the product the silver medal.

The set of products provides intrusion detection, an integrated authentication framework and scalable centralized security management. WPA and WPA2 security is supported for authentication and data encryption.

The solution allows IT organizations to take readings and monitor what is in their airspace, whether there are threats, rogue access points, and more, says Chris Kozup, senior manager of mobility solutions at Cisco.

Cisco offers three wireless security solutions: a PCI product for retail environments, aiding in compliance with the PCI DSS; a version of Cisco NAC for wireless networks; and a policy and compliance solution that helps companies align IT networks and systems with business strategy and policy.

NOTABLE Cisco acquired Cognio last September to boost its wireless security efforts by, among other things, detecting and mitigating sources of RF interference.

This was first published in April 2008

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