We've all heard of vulnerability scanners, but as the spectrum of security threats expands, security tools become more specialized. Acunetix has created a vulnerability scanner that's specifically designed to protect your Web servers and Web applications. It sounded interesting to us, so we installed the Acunetix WVS package on a Windows Server 2003 server to try it out. In this article, we'll review our experiences with its features and functionality.
In this review we take a look at the HP DL320 hardware ISA firewall. The HP ProLiant DL320 is built on HP’s reliable and high performance DL320 G3 hardware. This sturdy ISA-based hardware firewall is targeted at the experienced ISA firewall administrator who wants a pre-built and pre-hardened ISA firewall delivered to the door, ready to plug in and deploy. The HP DL320 gives you a clean ISA firewall experience by focusing on hardware performance optimization and leaving you the option to install add-in software as you like, something you can’t do with all the ISA hardware firewalls on the market today. In addition, HP throws in a few app and network layer enhancements that are sure to improve your overall network security posture.
As good as the ISA firewall’s built-in Web site access control features are, you can always do better. To squeeze out the last ounce of stateful application layer inspection protection for Web connections, you’ll need a comprehensive and smart add-on. We tested SurfControl Web Filter for ISA Server 2004 and found it a stalwart partner in pumping up the ISA firewall security to the next level.
The purpose of this article is to give you a somewhat superficial review of SurfControl’s E-mail Filter for Exchange 2000/2003. Some of you might ask why it’s superficial; well there’s a simple answer for that, the product is way too comprehensive for an in-depth review, I therefore suggest you download your own trial version and give the product a go in your test lab, as that’s the only way to get a real insight into the product’s capabilities.
You remember Steve, right? That’s Steve from Sales, the guy who needed access to an email that he deleted over a year ago. You probably remember the hassles of having to first find and then restore his mailbox. Perhaps you even recall sifting through his messages, trying to find that single, solitary email, and dedicating a whole afternoon to the process. Thankfully, things don’t have to be this way. I’m talking about a product called GFI MailArchiver, a message archiving solution that makes searching through internal and external email as simple as firing up your web browser and searching for the message in question.
Have you ever stopped to think about the fax machine in your office? Fax machines started to become popular in the 1980s. Since that time, fax machines have changed very little. Sure, they are faster than first generation fax machines, and some fax machines now support color, but generally speaking, fax machines are based on 1980's technology. In this article I've reviewed GFI FAXmaker. I installed the latest version onto my own network to see if it could help streamline my business. Here are the results.
It seems as if almost every user has one or more USB devices to upload/download a gigabyte or more of data. Because of the reliability, portability and ease of use of flash memory – not to mention falling prices – portable storage devices are becoming ubiquitous. However, these also pose a serious threat to network security. GFI has just released their newest product: PSC (or Portable Storage Control) to control the usage of such devices within a network.
As Network Administrators, we are usually expected to keep our servers up and running without interruption for as long as we possibly can. Of course, no-one knows as well as we do just how temperamental those servers can be. To help you in your quest for high server availability, there are a number of utilities out there that will automatically monitor your server activities every few minutes, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. One such product is GFI Network Server Monitor, and that is what I shall be looking at in this review.
Need a way to view in real time what users are accessing on the Web? How about an easy way to disconnect users who are downloading giant sized files? If so, then you need GFI's WebMonitor 2. This is a *must have* FREEWARE utility for all ISA firewall admins. Check out this article for details on what GFI WebMonitor 2 can do for you.
We’re big fans of the security scanner concept; this is software that allows you to take proactive measures to protect your network instead of waiting for hackers to discover where you’re vulnerable. In order to outwit the hackers, you have to be able to think like a hacker – but merely thinking isn’t enough. You must also be able to simulate the types of attackers that hackers use. A security scanner automates the process and makes it possible for you to find the “weak links” in your network’s security more quickly and easily. In this article, we briefly review the latest incarnation of LANguard N.S.S., version 5, focusing especially on what’s new and what those new features do for you.