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In our Group Test each month, we look at several products around a common theme based on a predetermined set of SC Labs standards (performance, ease of use, features, documentation, support, and value for money).  There are roughly 50 individual criteria in the general test process. These criteria were developed by the SC Lab in cooperation with the Center for Regional and National Security at Eastern Michigan University.

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Barracuda CloudGen Firewall F280 v8.03

Verdict: Overall, security pros will find the Barracuda CloudGen Firewall a sound, centrally managed, VPN-based UTM product that offers security as well as simple, drag-and-drop configuration functionality. We believe that this products offers an array of features that will help any organization willing to endure its moderate learning curve.

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Fortinet FortiGate 1100E

Verdict: Overall, Fortinet FortiGate operates as an elite and comprehensive next-generation firewall product that meets the performance and security needs of hybrid IT architectures.

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SonicWall TZ 600 POE

Verdict: Overall, SonicWall offers centralized infrastructure management in a single pane of glass and is an especially great option for those looking to add access points, phones, etc. without needing to supply additional power.

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Sophos XG Firewall v18

Verdict: Overall, security pros will find Sophos XG Firewall an easy-to-manage, comprehensive UTM product that has extensive features to suit several use cases, including the latest TLS encryption standard.

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Untangle NG Firewall v15.0

Verdict: Overall, Untangle NG Firewall combines an enterprise-type next-generation firewall with endpoint security capabilities and offers simplified administration at a price point accessible for small businesses and organizations with limited resources.

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WatchGuard Firebox T80 vFireware OS 12.6.1

Verdict: Overall, security pros will find WatchGuard Firebox T80 an easy-to-use UTM product that offers fast performance and extensive visibility at an affordable price.

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BlackBerry Spark

Verdict: Overall, security pros should consider BlackBerry Spark an ideal endpoint security solution for those in the business of building in-house applications.

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FortiEDR 4.1

Verdict: Overall, we were impressed with Fortinet FortiEDR, especially considering it’s a relatively new Fortinet solution.

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F-Secure Protection Service for Business, Computer Protection Premium 20.1

Verdict: Overall, F-Secure delivers rich event context that helps analysts quickly identify malicious processes and understand their behaviors.

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McAfee MVISION Protect Plus EDR 10.7, 3.0

Verdict: Overall, security pros will consider MVISION Protect Plus EDR a particularly good option for enterprises that require a highly-scalable solution.

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Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection

Verdict: Overall, security pros will find Microsoft Defender ATP a holistic, unified endpoint security solution that addresses the entire set of security capabilities necessary to protect against the modern threat landscape.

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SentinelOne EPP Jamaica#38 / Agent 4.0

Verdict: Overall, security pros will find SentinelOne EPP a solid, easy-to-use product that covers the spectrum of endpoint security expectations. Organizations in the MSSP market or large companies frequently involved in mergers and acquisitions will find this product ideal.

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Sophos Intercept X Advanced with EDR

Verdict: Overall, security pros will Sophos Intercept X a worthy, easy-to-install endpoint security solution that adds expertise by delivering enriched contextual information without adding to security team headcount.

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VMware Carbon Black Cloud

Verdict: Overall, security pros will find VMWare Carbon Black Cloud a solid endpoint security solution. The cloud-native platform stops all areas of malicious activities and turns detected behaviors into actionable prevention measures.

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BlackBerry Spark

Verdict: Overall, security pros should think of BlackBerry Spark as an ideal endpoint security solution for those in the business of building in-house applications.

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CrowdStrike Falcon 5.x

Verdict: Overall, security pros will find CrowdStrike Falcon a superb solution that does a great job of identifying suspicious behavior and delivering robust contextual event information.

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Cybereason Defense Platform 20.1

Verdict: Overall, consider Cybereason Defense Platform a solid, low footprint endpoint security option that issues alerts immediately without interrupting normal internal system processes.

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FireEye Endpoint Security v4.9

Verdict: Overall, FireEye Endpoint Security runs as a worthy contender in the endpoint security space. The seamless installation process lets FireEye coexist with other security products, offering the most value possible.

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Auth0

Verdict: The scalable Auth0 ecosystem enables and simplifies the use of any authentication or application lifecycle solution and is ideal for those looking to integrate identity management naturally into their developer workflow.

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JumpCloud

Verdict: This is a niche product especially suited for small and midsized businesses operating within cloud or Mac environments and without an active directory.

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LogMeIn LastPass Identity

Verdict: This solution is particularly ideal for small to midsized businesses. However, anyone would benefit from adding it to their security toolset.

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Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)

Verdict: This is a popular end-to-end identity and access management solution that strongly focuses on security.

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Okta Identity Cloud

Verdict: This is a flexible solution with an extensive integration network that covers every identity use case and provides financial benefits for businesses across any industry.

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OneLogIn Trusted Experience Platform (TEP)

Verdict: This is a solid identity and access management solution that bridges cloud, on-premise, and legacy applications with hybrid support.

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Simeio Identity Orchestrator

Verdict: This is an extensible, standards-based platform that improves the identity and access management experience through automation.

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Yubico YubiKey 5Ci

Verdict: YubiKey 5Ci offers the easiest and the highest level of security available for an identity solution that is so consumer friendly.

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Beyond Security beSECURE 20.3

Verdict: Overall, Beyond Security beSECURE is a solid vulnerability management solution with robust automation capabilities and one-click integrations, reducing the manual effort security teams otherwise must put forth and allowing them to focus on remediation instead.

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Carson & SAINT SAINT Security Suite 9.7

Verdict: Overall, SAINT Security Suite is a solid tool that has evolved nicely after many years of development. This is a particularly good option for those looking for an advanced environmental scanning tool.

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Digital Defense Frontline Vulnerability Manager

Verdict: Overall, Digital Defense Frontline Vulnerability Manager makes it quick and easy to parse through accurate vulnerability data to extract specific information.

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Kenna Security Kenna.VM

Verdict: Overall, Kenna Security Kenna.VM offers undisputed, evidence-based, real-time threat intelligence and risk scoring focusing on active exploits.

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NopSec Unified VRM 5

Verdict: It focuses on lifecycle management to optimally inventory assets, detect vulnerabilities, prioritize risk, remediate concerns and validate existing security controls and remediation efficacy.

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Rapid7 InsightVM 6.6.1

Verdict: Overall, Rapid7 InsightVM is a valuable vulnerability management solution and one of the better options we tested this month. It provides the visibility necessary to detect, prioritize and remediate vulnerabilities.

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RiskIQ Digital Footprint

Verdict: Overall, RiskIQ Digital Footprint is a unique vulnerability management solution with an unparalleled breadth of data. It bridges internal detection with external intelligence to provide total visibility into franchise security posture.

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RiskSense RBVM 8.15

Verdict: Overall, RiskSense RBVM is a noteworthy vulnerability management solution that empowers businesses with full visibility of threats and risk.

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Tenable.io and Tenable Lumin

Verdict: Overall, Tenable.io and Tenable Lumin is a solid vulnerability management tool that provides unified visibility into assets and quantifies cyber risk to optimize vulnerability management.

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Tripwire IP360 9.1.1

Verdict: Tripwire IP360 is a solid vulnerability management solution with a scalable enterprise architecture. It uniquely considers vulnerability age, risk and availability to pinpoint an environment’s greatest risks.

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ZeroNorth The ZeroNorth Platform

Verdict: Overall, the ZeroNorth Platform offers a significant return on investment by optimizing other security tool investments, expanding the scanning portfolio, and maximizing time-to-value. Businesses large and small, particularly those interested in PCI compliance, will appreciate ZeroNorth’s scalability, as well as its actionable, prioritized integration with DevOps environments.

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AT&T Cybersecurity USM Anywhere

Verdict: This SIEM is focused on threat detection and response and has several highly useful features that reduce the burden on security teams and eliminate the need for additional security tools.

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Exabeam Security Management Platform 2019.2

Verdict: The solution impressed us very much, especially its ability to link incidents accurately even when they are tied to different end-users.

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Fortinet FortiSIEM 5.2.6

Verdict: FortiSIEM is an ideal SIEM solution for MSSPs and those looking for high usability in a scalable architecture with robust out-of-the-box content.

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Core Security Event Manager 6.4

Verdict: This offering comes with a tremendous amount of intelligence and automated alerts, so security teams of any size can manage it with confidence.

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IBM Security QRadar 7.3.3

Verdict: This SIEM modernizes security frameworks and mitigates some of the global security skills shortage by maintaining data privacy and supporting regulatory compliance.

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McAfee Enterprise Security Manager (ESM) 11.3

Verdict: The automation, orchestration and extensive customizability in ESM effectively simplify security operations so that analysts can act on threats with confidence.

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Micro Focus ArcSight ESM 7.2

Verdict: The unparalleled dashboard graphics, intuitive navigation and compliance support make this highly flexible SIEM an ideal choice for any security team of any experience level.

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Microsoft Azure Sentinel

Verdict: This SIEM simply needs time to develop and mature and with some work on clarity and the simplicity of the interface, will become a powerhouse in the future.

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Netsurion EventTracker 9.2

Verdict: The platform maximizes productivity with unsupervised machine learning and a customizable interface that makes data correlation quick and simple.

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Rapid7 InsightIDR

Verdict: The high context visual investigations, detailed timelines and user-friendly interfaces give security teams the tools they need to maximize efficiency and respond to threats quickly and confidently.

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RSA Security NetWitness Platform 11.4

Verdict: RSA NetWitness Platform arms security teams with a multitude of native data sources that layer in endpoint data and provide threat detection and response across an environment.

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Splunk Enterprise Security 6.0

Verdict: The flexibility and performance of Enterprise Security impressed us and we believe it is a great choice for more developed security teams with mid-level analysts.

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Code42 Next-Gen Data Loss Protection

Verdict: This is a highly flexible and customizable solution uniquely focused on protection over prevention.

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