Long the king of search engines, Google assumed the throne in messaging security in this year's survey. While giving Google (Postini) Message Security service high marks across the board, readers particularly singled out its ability to detect and block spam, phishing attempts, viruses and spyware in messaging traffic, as well as its end-user transparency. Ease of integration with existing messaging applications, and ease of installation were also noted as high points.
Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall
This year's second place finish goes to Barracuda Networks' Barracuda Spam & Virus Firewall. Respondents were impressed with the intangible features of this product, recognizing its return on investment and vendor service and support as high points. But its technical features are also strong: According to readers, it trailed Google only slightly in the categories of spam detection and blocking, and end-user transparency. Also of note were its solid scores for comprehensive and flexible reporting.
Websense Email Security
Taking home the bronze this year is Websense Email Security with respectable scores across the board. Of all categories, readers noted the service's integration with existing messaging capabilities as its strongest point, followed closely by its spam detection and blocking, and its end-user transparency. Archiving support was also a stand-out feature for the software-as-a-service email security, and readers seemed generally pleased with its reporting capabilities and ease of installation.
2010 READERS' CHOICE AWARDS WINNERS
Introduction and Methodology
Best Antimalware Products
Readers vote on the best business-grade desktop and server antivirus and antispyware products.
Best Authentication Products
Readers vote on the best digital identity verification products, services, and management systems, including PKI, hardware and software tokens, smart cards.
Best Data Loss Prevention Products
Readers vote on the best network, client and combined data loss prevention software and appliances for enterprise and midmarket deployments.
Best Identity and Access Management Products
Readers vote on the best identity and access management products, including user identity access privilege and authorization management, single sign-on, user identity provisioning.
Best Intrusion Detection and Prevention Products
Readers vote on the best intrusion prevention/detection products, including network-based intrusion detection and prevention appliances, using signature-, behavior-, anomaly- and rate-based detection.
Best Messaging Security Products
Readers vote on the best antispam, antiphishing, email antivirus and antimalware filtering, software and appliance products, as well as hosted "in-the-cloud" email security services.
Best Mobile Data Security Products
Readers vote on the best mobile data security products, including hardware- and software-based file and full disk laptop encryption and removable storage device protection.
Best Network Access Control Products
Readers vote for the best NAC products, including appliance, software and infrastructure user and device network access policy creation, compliance, enforcement and remediation.
Best Network Firewalls
Readers vote on the best network firewalls, including enterprise-caliber network firewall appliances and software, and stateful packet filtering firewalls with advanced application/protocol layer filtering.
Best Secure Remote Access Products
Readers vote on the best remote access products, including IPsec VPN, SSL VPN, and combined systems and products, as well as other remote access products and services.
Best Security Information and Event Management Products
Security information and event management and log management software, appliances and managed services for SMB and enterprise security monitoring, compliance and reporting.
Best Unified Threat Management Products
Readers voted on the best unified threat management products, including UTM appliances that feature firewall, VPN, gateway antivirusm URL Web filtering and antispam.
Best Vulnerability Management Products
Readers vote on the best vulnerability management products, including network vulnerability assessment scanners, vulnerability risk management, reporting, remediation and compliance, patch management and vulnerability management lifecycle products.
Best Web Security Gateway Products
Readers vote on the best Web security gateway products, including software and hardware, hosted Web services for inbound and outbound content filtering for malware activity detection and prevention.