"Best Buys" in 2012

Multifactor authentication (Jan.) : Entrust IdentityGuard

Multifactor authentication (Jan.) : Entrust IdentityGuard

Verdict:A solid product with a strong pedigree, good pricing and a lot of features.
Vulnerability assessment (Feb.) : eEye Digital Security Retina CS

Vulnerability assessment (Feb.) : eEye Digital Security Retina CS

Verdict:A powerful product with a first-rate pedigree.
UTM (March) : eSoft InstaGate 604

UTM (March) : eSoft InstaGate 604

Verdict:For its smorgasbord of features and its ease of use, we make this our Best Buy in March.
SIEM (April) : LogRhythm

SIEM (April) : LogRhythm

Verdict:One terrific product and an equally terrific value.
Digital forensic tools (May) : Cellebrite UFED Ultimate

Digital forensic tools (May) : Cellebrite UFED Ultimate

Verdict:This can be expensive, but is worth the cost when processing large numbers of mobile devices. It’s excellent for field work and is fast and easy to use.
Risk & policy management (June) : Modulo Risk Manager v7.6

Risk & policy management (June) : Modulo Risk Manager v7.6

Verdict:Truly takes massive amounts of complex data and easily represents it in a single risk score. Covers risk for all aspects – business, IT and physical assessments.
Mobile device security (July) : Fixmo SafeZone

Mobile device security (July) : Fixmo SafeZone

Verdict:A solid approach, especially for BYOD environments where users are fearful of losing their personal data if the IT shop needs to do a remote wipe.
Endpoint security (August) : Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8

Endpoint security (August) : Kaspersky Endpoint Security 8

Verdict:A feature-rich and strong management platform that is an excellent value for the money.
Email/content management (Sept.) : McAfee Email Protection

Email/content management (Sept.) : McAfee Email Protection

Verdict:An absolutely brilliant product.
IdM, NAC & DLP (Oct.) : Bradford Networks Network Sentry v6.0

IdM, NAC & DLP (Oct.) : Bradford Networks Network Sentry v6.0

Verdict:Bradford has hit a home run with this tool. We make this our Best Buy.
Application & database security (Nov.) : McAfee Database Activity Monitoring

Application & database security (Nov.) : McAfee Database Activity Monitoring

Verdict:Slightly weak on the documentation, but overall a very strong product and well worth our Best Buy rating this month.

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