All-in-one security appliances

Garcia, Andrew; Sturdevant, Cameron
December 2003
eWeek;12/15/2003, Vol. 20 Issue 50, p43
Implementing an integrated appliance will drastically ease ongoing security management and reduce network complexity, yet add a possible bottleneck for performance and availability. To date, IT administrators have been forced to deploy separate systems for anti-virus scanning, Web and electronic-mail content filtering, intrusion detection and prevention, virtual private networking and intelligent application-aware firewall capabilities. Appliances targeted at small businesses, from security vendors such as SonicWall Inc. and WatchGuard Technologies Inc., have for years successfully integrated virtual private networking and stateful inspection firewalls with simple content filtering and rudimentary anti-virus capabilities. INSET: New curbs on the horizon for nocompliant systems.


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