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Barkly Endpoint Protection Platform

Verdict: Catering to no-frills, quick implementation expectations, this solution also delivers a modern approach with their instant-chat support available with one click.

Crowdstrike Falcon

Verdict: CrowdStrike Falcon continues to be a sophisticated toolset that focuses on all three phases of a malware attack. The cloud-based management dashboard provides very detailed information to help identify threats and remove them from your assets. If your organization puts a high value on information, this product should be near ...

enSilo Endpoint Protection platform

Verdict: A very complete product that delivers on all levels. enSilo offers a strong Next-Gen AV paired with Application Communication Control and Endpoint Detection and Response solutions.

Mimecast Secure Email Gateway with Targeted Threat Protection

Verdict: Recommended solution to fit into your layered security approach to solve phase 1 of the ransomware stack. This specialized solution would be a great addition to any organization taking steps to protect the email threat vector.

Sophos Intercept X

Verdict: This reliable name has the depth and scope to address the needs of any-sized organization. With a variety of support options, this platform is ready for simple or complex deployments.

Trend Micro Smart Protection Complete

Verdict: If you don’t want to limit yourself to a single toolset, this solution provides a wide variety of technologies from which to choose.

SC Magazine Recommended

Illumio Adaptive Security Platform

Verdict: This is a strong product and, complicated as it might appear on the surface, there is a lot of help to get you going and to get the tool functional and producing useful output. This is one of our Recommended products for the month.

SC Magazine Recommended

CloudPassage Halo

Verdict: While we liked this product, there are peripheral aspects that need some cleanup. Pricing seems reasonable but if you have a lot of packages it could get expensive. In any event, it certainly is well worth your time to give it a closer look. We make this one of our ...

SC Magazine Best Buy

GuardiCore Centra

Verdict: This is the 800-pound gorilla in this space. It has just about everything – and what it doesn’t have it certainly soon will. We make this our Best Buy this month.

SC Magazine Recommended

Cavirin Hybrid Workload Security

Verdict: This one really demands your attention if you are working in a hybrid environment. We have seen nothing that quite compares and the technology used is both unique and innovative. For its hybrid focus, this is one of our Recommended products this month.

RiskVision Platform

Verdict: While this is not a true next-generation tool, neither is it a traditional one. This is one of those unique products that have, truly, carved its own niche and it has done that quite well.

Tufin Orchestration Suite

Verdict: Tufin is a progressive and capable vendor in this space. We have watched their product evolve over the years and it is very good example of the next generation risk and policy management genre.

Acuity STREAM Integrated Risk Manager

Verdict: This is a capable tool and meets its objectives well.

MetricStream IT GRC Solution

Verdict: For a pure-play GRC this is about the most solid product we’ve seen. If GRC is what you want, and you need next generation, look at this one. We predict you’ll like what you see.

SC Magazine Recommended

SAI Global Digital Manager 360

Verdict: This always has been one of our top picks over the years. This year it did not disappoint us, even though it has moved to a new home. We make this our Recommended traditional products this month.

SC Magazine Recommended

Tripwire Enterprise

Verdict: When it comes to change management it is hard to beat this tool. But along with that, it is a very competent cyber risk management platform. Well worth your time, even if you have other GRC tools that it can work alongside. This is our next generation Recommended tool this ...

AlgoSec Security Management Solution

Verdict: This one is worth a close look. It has all the tools you need to manage the security on your enterprise and it is very straightforward to use.

Allgress Insight Risk manager

Verdict: As a traditional GRC, this one demands your attention for its price vs. performance and flexibility. As you add modules the price will climb, of course, but the basic starting point is very reasonable.

SC Magazine Best Buy

FireMon Security Manager and Risk Analyzer

Verdict: For a next generation tool this one cannot be beat for the price. It is solid, comprehensive and the user interface and drill-downs are clean and well thought-out. For its price and performance we make this one our Best Buy this month.

SC Magazine Lab Approved

AccessData Forensic Tool Kit FTK

Verdict: FTK will continue to be our computer forensic workhorse and we make it SC Lab Approved for another year.

SC Magazine Best Buy

Paraben E3 DS

Verdict: This belongs in every lab doing mobile device forensics. Not only is it a solid tool, it is perfect for triage. We make this our Best Buy this month.

EnCase Endpoint Investigator

Verdict: We wish that we could afford this tool for our lab but, as powerful as it is, it is far out of the range of any but large organizations with significant investment in forensics and DFIR.

SC Magazine Lab Approved

Lima Forensic Case Management

Verdict: This has become a mainstay in the lab for tracking research projects, all of which behave a lot like digital forensic investigations. Over the past year we have not retained our research records because there was no need to. This year, need or not, we will. We make this ...

SC Magazine Recommended

RecordTS for Terminal Services

Verdict: While monitoring remote sessions may not be the first thing you consider when you are planning DFIR, if you are accessing servers and critical/sensitive workstations remotely you should consider this product strongly, no matter what the size of your enterprise is. This is our Recommended product for this month.

SC Magazine Lab Approved

NIKSUN NetDetector Suite

Verdict: This is probably the best analytics tool we've seen and the notion of feeding with a SIEM is intriguing for its significant possibilities. We certainly will be doing that here in the Labs. NIKSUN has been SC Lab Approved since we started the program and we continue that for another ...

SC Magazine Recommended

VMRay Analyzer

Verdict: Solid malware analysis tool, especially good for engineers just getting started with malware analysis. We make this our Recommended tool for this month.

Joe Sandbox Cloud Ultimate

Verdict: Since this is SC Lab Approved, the obvious verdict is that it is a first-rate tool and merits examination if you are looking at doing in-house malware analysis (and you should be). We continue to rate this one SC Lab Approved for its heavy utility in our lab and superior ...

HexRays IDA Pro

Verdict: We have gushed about this tool enough in the review so we’ll simply offer a verdict of Best Buy for this month.

Carbon Black Cb Defense

Verdict: For a mix of threat analysis and incident response – where the core of the alert is malware-based – this one demands your attention. The Carbon Black experience is obvious.

Comodo Advanced Endpoint Protection

Verdict: This is a strong product under the covers but with a few warts for users. None of those are show-stoppers, though, and you would do well to take a close look at it.

SC Magazine Recommended

CrowdStrike Falcon

Verdict: This is a very sophisticated but rather specialized tool for the endpoint. If you are a large organization or one with high-value information assets, this is well worth your time. For what it does, we know of no better tool available. We make this our cloud-based Recommended product.

SC Magazine Recommended

Cylance CylancePROTECT with CylanceOPTICS

Verdict: If you are using CylancePROTECT this is a no-brainer. If you are not, it’s a good reason to consider it. Because CylancePROTECT is one of our SC Lab Approved products, it already has our highest rating, but we are naming the OPTICS add-on Recommended for the value that it adds ...

SC Magazine Recommended

ESET Endpoint Security

Verdict: If you’re looking for a threat-focused endpoint tool at an attractive price point this is worth your attention. For its ease of use and deployment, we make this our on-premises Recommended tool.

Kaspersky Lab Endpoint Security for Business

Verdict: This is one of the strong players in this field. Although it shows, clearly, a legacy of anti-malware (to the point where it still refers to “anti-virus,” even though it really addresses all malicious software), this tool is a capable contender for endpoint security in general.

SC Magazine Best Buy

McAfee Endpoint Security

Verdict: An exceptional effort on behalf of the McAfee technical support team that provided the SC Lab with the opportunity to dedicate more time to testing the product package. Overall, an excellent product, but you’ll get the most out of it as part of the entire McAfee suite managed, as ours ...

Nyotron PARANOID

Verdict: Don’t pass this one by if you are looking at anti-malware. In our view, it certainly ranks in the top five such products we’ve seen over the past couple of years.

Symantec Endpoint Protection

Verdict: You cannot make an informed endpoint decision without taking a look at this. Of course, if you already are a Symantec shop this will fit right in.

BeyondTrust Retina CS Enterprise Vulnerability Management

Verdict: Solid vulnerability management tool that could become a bit pricey in a large environment.

SC Magazine Best Buy

Digital Defense Frontline Vulnerability Manager

Verdict: This one demands your attention. At a very reasonable price point, we make this our Best Buy this month.

SC Magazine Recommended

SAINT Security Suite

Verdict: This is a tool that you can add to your environment almost regardless of what else you are using. It not only plays well with others, such as risk management tools, it is a powerhouse in its own right. Recommended.

Tenable.io Vulnerability Management

Verdict: Well worth your time. This is a company with solid experience in the technology – and it shows.

SC Magazine Recommended

Skybox Security Suite

Verdict: We weren’t sure about this one until we acclimated to how it really works (as opposed to how we thought that it should work). Given that this truly is a beast of a different color, we are classing it by itself and a vulnerability analytics and workflow management tool and ...

Tripwire IP360

Verdict: This one demands your attention. With its ability to cut through vulnerability noise, using its analytics and configuration options to its massive scalability, this works for just about any size enterprise.

SC Magazine Lab Approved

AlienVault Unified Security Management USM Appliance

Verdict: Not much to say here besides that this product is SC Lab Approved and that is our highest award. This is one of the best UTMs we’ve tested and over long periods of use it has delivered very well. We make it SC Lab Approved for another year.

EventTracker SIEMphonic

Verdict: Especially for organizations with limited expertise in applying all of the things a SIEM can do to protect their enterprises, this product is a must-see. However, any size organization can benefit by considering this as part of its security stack.

Fortinet FortiSIEM

Verdict: There is a lot to getting this one up and running, but once it’s up and you have the things you want to monitor plugged in, this one of the most complete SIEMs we’ve seen.

SC Magazine Best Buy

CorreLog SIEM Correlation Server

Verdict: We like this a lot, especially for SMBs, although larger organizations certainly should not rule it out as too small. It’s not. For its value and feature set, as well as the efforts to improve and keep the product ahead of the curve, we make this our Best Buy.

SC Magazine Lab Approved

McAfee Enterprise Security Manager ESM

Verdict: Since this already is SC Lab Approved, we can’t give it a higher rating. We like this well enough that we are extending its SC Lab Approved designation for another year. It continues to be our key analysis tool.

SC Magazine Recommended

LogRhythm Threat Lifecycle Management Platform

Verdict: This is an important contender for your SOC SIEM. It will take data from just about anything you need to monitor and it includes solid third-party threat feed access. This is our Recommended product.