The AlgoSec Security Management Suite v6.5 is an appliance-based policy management toolset for analyzing routing tables, hit counters, log files and topology information from various firewalls, switches and routers. This suite is comprised of three products: BusinessFlow, Firewall Analyzer and FireFlow. BusinessFlow looks at security policy at the application level to ensure that applications throughout the enterprise are given the proper rules throughout the network and firewalls. The Firewall Analyzer compares firewall policy to industry and compliance standards, as well as monitors policy changes to ensure compliance to security policy. FireFlow is a policy change management tool for automating security policy changes through out-of-the-box and custom workflows.

We found the AlgoSec appliance to be quite simple to setup and configure. Once we had the appliance out of the box and powered on with a monitor and keyboard attached we were easily able to power it up and access the settings menu from the command prompt. After setting the networking information via the configuration menu we were able to access the web-based management interface. We found the management interface to be easy to navigate and intuitive to use. Overall, we had an easy time at configuring and managing the appliance as well as adding devices and getting everything up and running.

The AlgoSec Security Management Suite offers an excellent amount of functionality as well as some solid out-of-the-box features, such as ready-to-go compliance reporting for PCI, SOX, ISO 27001, NERC CIP, Basel II, and J-SOX. On top of the reporting, this suite of products also offers a fair bit of automation including mapping rules to applications, finding unused or duplicate rules, and monitoring for policy changes and then displaying a "what-if" scenario to ensure rule changes do not have any unintended consequences.

Documentation included a set of PDF installation and configuration manuals and guides. These included appliance setup and configuration steps along with configuration information for all the components of the suite. Also included was a user guide that covered basic configuration and management of the applications themselves. We found all documentation to be well-organized and easy to follow with many screen shots, step-by-step instructions and configuration examples.

AlgoSec offers no-cost access to its web-based support portal, which includes product documentation and a knowledge base. Customers also get access to basic phone- and email-based technical support. If additional aid is needed, customers can purchase a premium support plan which includes 24/7 technical assistance and faster response times. Other perks of premium support include dedicated technical account managers and on-site options.

At a price starting at around $10,000 for the hardware and software, we found this product to be a solid value for the money. Overall, the AlgoSec Security Management Suite offers a great amount of features and functionality - including compliance-based reporting and automation tools - to ensure that security policy on all switches, routers and firewalls is compliant and maintained. We found that this suite is also quite easy to use and manage, which adds to its overall value.