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Crystal Bedell

The security space is littered with a myriad of vendor offerings, which can make it difficult to identify the right tool or product for your organization's specific needs. Time and again we hear from users who want expert, non-biased insight on particular products. That's why we offer two columns focused on security solutions written by recognized industry experts:

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Strom's Security Tool Shed and Scheier's Security Product Roundup.

David Strom is the senior technology editor for VAR Business magazine, where he writes feature stories and does new product research and testing. He is also president of his own consulting firm in Port Washington, NY, dedicated to improving the quality of networked products and explaining Internet technologies to corporate computing managers.

In each edition of his column, Strom's Security Tool Shed, David takes a close, hands-on look at a vendor offering and outlines the pros and cons based on his own experience with the product. He also includes basic specifications such as cost, platforms supported and more.

Robert Scheier is a seasoned journalist and former analyst. In his column, Scheier's Security Product Roundup, Robert examines a specific category of security tools and let's you know the state of the market, the key players and their offerings.

For a sampling of both columns and other product reviews you can find on, visit our Featured Topic. If you'd like to receive either product review via e-mail, update your membership profile. And, as is always the case, I appreciate your feedback. Let me know which product reviews you find the most useful and what type of products you'd like reviewed in the future.

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