M86 Security Secure Web Gateway
Strengths: Proactive scanning and in-depth analysis of possible web-based threats.
Weaknesses: Policy configuration is a little difficult at first.
Verdict: A significant product with a good pedigree, this one certainly deserves your attention.
The M86 Secure Web Gateway provides proactive prevention of crimeware, malware and data leakage using real-time code analysis and optional anti-virus modules. This product analyzes code embedded within web content or files and decides whether or not it is harmful before it can reach the client desktop. This provides full seamless protection against a multitude of web-based threats.
The setup of this appliance is guided by an intuitive setup wizard and only takes a few minutes. Once the appliance is connected to the network, the initial configuration is done by accessing the web-based setup wizard via the default IP of the appliance. After the initial configuration is complete, the appliance is pretty much ready to go and can be placed inline between the network firewall and head switch. All administration is done via the easy-to-use web GUI.
While the appliance comes preconfigured with some base policies, it can also be highly customized to meet the needs of any environment. We found that even though this product features a powerful policy engine, configuring policies is not as intuitive as it could be. It took us some time to get comfortable with exactly how the policies could be configured and assigned to various groups. With that said, this product does provide very granular policy control and even incorporates policies to control possible data leakage.
Documentation included a quick-start guide, management console guide and a security policies guide. The quick-start guide briefly details the initial setup and configuration of the appliance to get it up and running on the network. After setup is complete, the management console guide provides detailed information on how to navigate the web GUI and set up advance configuration. The security policies guide provides a very detailed and in-depth explanation of configuring policies to get the most out of the appliance and its features. We found all the documentation to be easy to follow and it included many screen shots and examples.
M86 includes the first year of standard support in the purchase price of the appliance. This support includes eight hours a day/five days a week phone and email technical support. Additional support may be purchased at a per user price that includes 24/7 support. There is also a support area on the website that is available at no cost and includes downloads, documentation, a knowledge base and user forum.
At a price of $9,960, this product sits high on the price spectrum, but we find it to be a good value for the money due to its highly powerful features. This appliance goes above and beyond a standard anti-malware gateway.