PredatorWatch Minds the Store

 
 
By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2004-02-09 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Testing company systems for vulnerabilities to known security problems and for regulatory compliance can be a daunting task for small companies with limited resources.

Testing company systems for vulnerabilities to known security problems and for regulatory compliance can be a daunting task for small companies with limited resources. Large server-based solutions are often beyond their means, and inexpensive or free client-based tools are usually not up to the task of testing all their systems. An interesting option for these companies is PredatorWatchs PredatorWatch Auditor 2.1, a vulnerability testing appliance that provides fairly powerful capabilities in a small form factor. And I mean small: The device I tested was about the size of a paperback book, making it ideal for consultants with multiple clients to test, for small offices and for companies with remote offices that require testing.

PredatorWatch Auditor 2.1 is available now, and pricing for the appliance starts at $4,995 for 32 IP addresses.

PredatorWatch Auditor 2.1 is very easy to set up. After it booted, it provided me with the dynamic IP address it received, and I could then log in to the secure browser interface from any system. I easily configured the appliance to scan systems on the network for security problems and for compliance with regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA measures.

For detecting vulnerabilities, PredatorWatch Auditor 2.1 uses the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures defined by Mitre Research Centers.

The appliance can generate reports with varying degrees of detail.

For more information, go to www.predatorwatch.com.

 
 
 
 
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 Rapoza's 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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