By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2001-10-15 Print this article Print

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WatchGuards AppLock/Web does what it tries to do—mainly, protect current Web site content from being defaced—but we wish it did more to stop other attacks that can affect a companys Web site. Also, if youre not running a Windows IIS Web server, AppLock/Web isnt for you.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Sites running IIS should find their content to be much safer from defacement with AppLock/Web. However, site content contributors might find it much harder to add content on a regular basis.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // If attackers can get into a server to make changes to Web pages, then youve got much bigger problems than a defaced page on your hands. The best long-term solution is to build a much more secure Web server infrastructure, which may mean moving away from a Microsoft server platform.

PROS: Makes changes to locked Web site content impossible; program is impossible to disable.

CONS: Doesnt stop attackers from adding content to servers; not suited for sites with constant content changes; protects only IIS servers.

WatchGuard Technologies Inc., Seattle; (206) 521-8340;

Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr RapozaÔÇÖs current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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