CrossNodes Product Briefing: Network Security Suites

By Dayna Delmonico | Jun 25, 2001 | Print this Page
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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).

Below are 10 vendors that currently offer integrated suites. Look carefully, however, at product names, because your favorite may no longer be with the vendor you expect. Other security vendors include NetScreen Technologies, Network Associates (PGP Security -- Gauntlet) Citadel Technologies and NetGuard, Inc.

Vendor: Aliroo
Web: www.aliroo.com
Product: PrivaSuite
OS(s): WinNT; MS Win 2000
Encryption/PKI: Yes
VPN: No
Virus Detection: No
Authentication: No
Intrusion Detection: No

Vendor: Anywhere Technology
Web: www.anywheretechnology.com
Product: EverLink Suite
OS(s): WinNT; OS/2; Linux
Encryption/PKI: Yes
VPN: No
Virus Detection: No
Authentication: Yes
Intrusion Detection: No

Vendor: Assured Digital, Inc.
Web: www.assured-digital.com
Product: ADI-AMS
OS(s): WinNT
Encryption/PKI: Yes
VPN: Yes
Virus Detection: No
Authentication: Yes
Intrusion Detection: No

Vendor: CheckPoint Software
Web: www.checkpoint.com
Product: CheckPoint RealSecure
OS(s): WinNT; Solaris
Encryption/PKI: No
VPN: Yes
Virus Detection: Yes
Authentication: No
Intrusion Detection: Yes

Vendor: Computer Associates
Web: www.ca.com
Product: eTrust
OS(s): WinNT; MS Win 2000; Unix
Encryption/PKI: Yes
VPN: Yes
Virus Detection: Yes
Authentication: No
Intrusion Detection: Yes

Vendor: CYLINK
Web: www.cylink.com
Product: PrivateWire 3.0
OS(s): WinNT; MS Win 2000; Solaris
Encryption/PKI: Yes
VPN: No
Virus Detection: No
Authentication: Yes
Intrusion Detection: No

Vendor: Fortress Technologies
Web: www.fortresstech.com
Product:  NetFortress M-Series
OS(s): WinNT; MS Win 98/2000
Encryption/PKI: Yes
VPN: Yes
Virus Detection: No
Authentication: Yes
Intrusion Detection: No

Vendor: Internet Security Systems
Web: www.iss.net
Product: SAFESuite Decisions
OS(s): WinNT; MS Win 2000; UNIX; Solaris; Linux RedHat
Encryption/PKI: Yes
VPN: Yes
Virus Detection: No
Authentication: Yes
Intrusion Detection: Yes

Vendor: Secure Computing Corp.
Web: www.securecomputing.com
Product SafeWord
OS(s): WinNT; MS Win 2000
Encryption/PKI: Yes
VPN: No
Virus Detection: No
Authentication: Yes
Intrusion Detection: No

Vendor: Sonic Systems
Web: www.sonicsys.com
Product: SonicWALL
OS(s): WinNT; UNIX
Encryption/PKI: No
VPN: Yes
Virus Detection: Yes
Authentication: Yes
Intrusion Detection: No

For a basic background on network security suites see the associated CrossNodes Briefing by Gerry Williams or try these search engines key words:

  • Integrated suites
  • network security suites
  • intrusion detection systems
  • enterprise security