Products of the Year 2007:

Web Security Gateways

Silver Award:

McAfee Secure Web Gateway

McAfee's offerings have always focused strongly on malware prevention, so it may not come as a surprise that the vendor's Secure Web Gateway received high ratings from readers on its ability to detect known and unknown Web-based threats.

The Secure Web Gateway uses McAfee's home-grown antimalware engine, kept updated by Avert Labs. Its antispam capabilities also detect phishing URLs that may come from malicious emails.

Readers also recognized the Secure Web Gateway's alerting system, which can report on-box or forward stats to McAfee's compatible ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO).

Its Web-filtering URL database is supplied by Secure Computing's SmartFilter, and according to McAfee, the Secure Web Gateway filters Web traffic at the rate of up to 200 Mbps.

The Secure Web Gateway uses McAfee's SiteAdvisor to examine site reputation and block connections to harmful sites. Active content scanning, which allows the removal of JavaScript or ActiveX content from pages, is also a major function of the filtering engine. It also blocks instant messaging and detects outbound connections to spyware-related URLs.

NOTABLE McAfee sells two enterprise appliances, with the higher-end box supporting more than 5,000 users and providing 200 Mbps of HTTP filtering.

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