Best Vulnerability Management & Best Web Application Firewall

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Throughout the day, SC Magazine will be announcing the finalists from each of its 32 award categories, covering the Reader Trust, Professional and Excellence sections. 

Best Vulnerability Management Tool

These products perform network/device vulnerability assessment and/or penetration testing. They may use active or passive testing, and are either hardware- or software-based that and reports vulnerabilities using some standard format/reference.


  • McAfee, Inc. for McAfee Vulnerability Manager
  • Qualys, Inc. for QualysGuard Vulnerability Management
  • Rapid7 for NeXpose Enterprise
  • Skybox Security for Skybox View Enterprise Suite
  • Tenable Network Security, Inc. for SecurityCenter

Best Web Application Firewall

Application firewalls inspect the body of packets and restricts access to legitimate application traffic while blocking access to other parts of the operating system. They typically use deep packet inspection, provide logging and reporting, block real-time traffic, provide alerting capabilities, and offer auto-update features, perform web caching, provide content filtering, offer web-based access to reporting and/or logging, protect traffic from reaching the underlying operating system, and filter application traffic to only legitimate requests.


  • F5 Networks for BIG-IP Application Security Manager
  • IBM Corporation for IBM Security Network Intrusion Prevention System
  • Imperva for SecureSphere Web Application Firewall
  • SonicWALL, Inc for SonicWALL Web Application Firewall Service
  • Sophos Astaro Internet Security for Astaro Security Gateway v8.2
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