Best web filtering solution

Winner: Cisco Systems for Cisco IronPort S-Series Secure Web Gateway

The Cisco IronPort S-Series web security appliance is the industry's first and only secure web gateway to combine next generation Web Usage Controls, reputation filtering, malware filtering and data security on a single platform to address the growing challenges of both securing and controlling web traffic. Leveraging Cisco SIO and global threat correlation technology help to increase the intelligence and speed of Cisco IronPort appliances. This advanced technology enables organizations to improve their security and transparently protect users from the latest internet threats.

Additionally for advanced acceptable use policy (AUP), Cisco IronPort Web Usage Controls are a leading solution for enforcing acceptable-use policies for web access, improving visibility into web traffic and raising employee productivity. This powerful solution combines a robust URL database with wide coverage in the industry and real-time dynamic categorization to identify objectionable content hidden in the dark

Cisco IronPort Web Reputation Filters analyze more than 50 different web traffic and network-related parameters to accurately evaluate the trustworthiness of a URL or IP addresses. The tool examines every request made by the browser – from the initial HTML request to all subsequent data requests, including live data, which may be fed from different domains. This gives these filters an advantage over vendors that reduce web reputation to a simple URL filtering category.

The Cisco IronPort Anti-Malware System enables the Cisco IronPort S-Series the ability to offer multiple anti-malware scanning engines on a single, integrated appliance. This system leverages the Cisco IronPort Dynamic Vectoring and Streaming (DVS) engine, as well as verdict engines from Webroot and McAfee, to provide protection against the widest variety of web-based threats.

Its coupling to other Cisco products will allow this solution to absorb value from the traditional endpoint and the traditional firewall markets – a $10 billion combined market today. The trend toward borderless network blurs the distinctions of these separate markets, and the resulting re-definition of value will be the third albeit longer-term growth vector for the Cisco IronPort S-Series business.

Finalists 2010

  • Blue Coat Systems for Blue Coat WebFilter and WebPulse Collaborative Defense
  • Cisco Systems for Cisco IronPort S-Series Secure Web Gateway
  • McAfee for McAfee Web Gateway
  • St. Bernard Software for iPrism Web Filter
  • Symantec for Symantec Web Gateway
  • Websense for Websense Web Security

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