CrossNodes Product Briefing: Network Security Suites

On average nowadays, the total cost of information security is 0.4 percent of a company's revenue. That is expected to accelerate to 44 percent within ten years. As a practical matter, network managers have basically two choices -- the integrated network security suite or managed security provider. Though this buyer's briefing will concentrate on security suites, a great many of the vendors included also offer managed security services. CrossNodes Product Briefings provide an overview of what you need to know before purchasing a specific technology, and include round-up listings of current products from each of the major vendors.

By Dayna Delmonico | Posted Jun 25, 2001
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Now is the time to address all your information security needs. Why? According to Gartner's "Total Cost of Ownership Model for Information Security" it will cost you ten times more by 2011 if you don't. Total cost of information security is 0.4 percent of a company's revenue, on average now. That is expected to accelerate to 44 percent within ten years. As a practical matter, network managers have basically two choices -- the integrated network security suite or managed security provider. Though this buyer's briefing will concentrate on products, know that a great many of the vendors we've included also offer managed security services. Where ASPs haven't caught on with IT yet for most applications, managed security services is doing pretty well.

In theory, integrated security suites should provide total security for any network. Product lines can include software and/or network devices. Most or all of the following should be part of the vendors full security solution offerings:

  • Firewalls
  • VPNs
  • Virus scanning
  • Content filtering
  • URL authentication
  • Reporting
  • Network management

For the most part, the products in the marketplace are from well-established vendors and are product names you probably know. However, with all these pieces needed to round out complete offerings for the enterprise, vendors have had to take certain steps to ensure full product lines. In the last three years partnerships or acquisitions have been the order of the day to filled in product lines. For example, Axent Technologies (Raptor) was purchased by anti-virus king Symantec Corp, PGP's Gauntlet is now Network Associates who is also the market leader. Cisco was also in the buying mood which allowed them to incorporating security at a chip level in their routers and switches. CheckPoint took the partnership route with other ISV products being certified to work within their Open Platform for Security (OPSEC).

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