To call the Astaro Security Gateway appliance just a UTM would be a major understatement. This product can be loaded up with so many feature sets that it could become the only security appliance needed for total protection.
This appliance includes standard UTM features, such as a firewall, basic anti-virus and an IPS, but it also brings many enhanced features to the table. These extra features include IM and P2P filtering; web security, which includes web-based virus and spyware protection, as well as web content filtering; and email security, which not only covers protection from viruses, spam and phishing, but also provides seamless email encryption using OpenPGP, S/MIME and TLS encryption standards.
We found this product to be simple to deploy and operate. The initial installation and deployment takes just a few minutes and is guided by an easy to follow setup wizard via a web browser. Once the wizard is complete, the device is almost completely ready to go. All that’s left is to activate the specific filters and modules and choose a few policies and everything is good to go. The web GUI for administration is also quite easy to use. This GUI focuses a lot on drag and drop settings and on and off switches.
This product performed well through our entire test suite. All security features that this product has are easily set up and integrated into the current environment with almost no interruption. We were not able to get past the device with any of our attacks.
Documentation for this product comes as three manuals. The first is a fold out quick start card, which gives clear steps and illustrations for getting the box connected to the network. The second manual is a set of operating instructions which overlaps parts of the quick start card providing more detail, as well as complete deployment instructions. The final guide is an administration guide and this gets into great detail.
Along with 24/7 phone and email support, Astaro also offers many support options via its site.
At $5,750, this appliance is an excellent value for the money. The Astaro Security Gateway solves many security and protection problems without a high price tag so it is within reach for many different types of environments.