Finjan Vital Security Web Appliance NG-5100

This appliance is in-depth and focused on malware, lacking VPN and IDS/IPS capabilities. The configurations are granular and take a lot of time to put in place. While the setup and installation of the NG-5100 are very simple, configuration is not an easy task. That said, documentation plays a large role in making the configuration process much less arduous.

This appliance incorporates many protective features in one product. It uses multiple, overlapping anti-virus engines from Sophos, McAfee, and Kaspersky and also brings together web filtering from SurfControl and Secure Computing, along with its own features such as application blocking and anti-spyware.

It brings to the table its own vulnerability scanner, known as Anti.dote, which performs virtual patching for zero-hour protection against known vulnerabilities.

This box performs excellently. It includes solid third-party anti-virus and web filters, along with its own anti-spyware, and vulnerability protection together into one box. It also incorporates detailed logs and reports which can be customised to analyse specific areas.

The Finjan NG-5100 comes supplied with three pieces of documentation. Manuals include a guide to get started, outlining the steps in the setup wizard, an installation guide that elaborates on the setup wizard and details basic installation tasks, and a management console reference guide with details on specific device and policy settings.

All the manuals are clear and easy to understand and include screenshots and tables.

Although Finjan offers a lot of support options, all come at a price. Free support is only offered via email, while all other options must be purchased as a part of a support package. These packages include options such as telephone support and automatic download of product upgrades and updates.

With such a high price tag, at the top end of the category, this product is a hefty investment for any organisation.

Although it offers best-of-breed software packages, this protection does not come cheap. Couple that with support and subscription fees, and we find that the price becomes even more daunting.

Product title
Finjan Vital Security Web Appliance NG-5100
Product info
Name: Finjan Vital Security Web Appliance NG-5100 Description: Price: $32,939 (1,000 users) for
Best-of-breed anti-virus and web filter engines provide strong anti-malware security.
Difficult to configure and has a large price tag. Lacks some basic features usually found in multi-function security appliances.
Powerful, but expensive, this high-end appliance is for organisations willing to pay for an anti-malware focused product that packs a punch.

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