Secure Computings updated SmartFilter software provides an inexpensive way to restrict Web access for companies with stringent Internet usage policies. However, its limited operating system and platform support, and the toll it takes on servers, will hamper its use in some corporate settings.
SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT
// SmartFilters plug-in architecture easily integrates the software into current systems without causing major downtime, and it has minimal user impact, saving both time and money during rollout.
LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT
// Because SmartFilters URL filters are kept current with updates twice a week, sites will be protected from frivolous Net surfing, which helps ensure high productivity and a good return on investment down the road.
Comprehensive, administrator-definable access control lists; dynamic updates of URL listings; easy to set up.
Limited firewall support; drains servers resources; lacks remote administration capabilities.
Secure Computing Corp., San Jose, Calif.; (800) 379-4944; www.securecomputing.com