Executive Summary

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2002-09-02 Print this article Print

: Security Gateway 800"> Executive Summary: Security Gateway 800

Usability Good
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Excellent
Manageability Fair
Scalability Good
Security Excellent
Based on caching technology, the SG800 is a security tool that sits behind a firewall to handle tricky Port 80 Web traffic. By integrating with anti-virus and Web site blocking software, the product does a good job of protecting users from potential threats in traffic that normally pass right through the majority of firewalls.


The initial costs of the SG800 are reasonable ($5,995 to start) when compared with firewall products and other appliances designed for use at the enterprise edge. During the first several weeks or even months, IT managers will need to devote time to configuring the product, but its long-term costs, aside from subscription fees to the anti-virus and Web site blocking partners, should be fairly low.

(+) Fills a gap in most firewalls by tracking Port 80 traffic; provides comprehensive management of Web traffic.

(-) No SSL termination; centralized management console and reports require add-on products.

  • SonicWall Inc.s GX2500
  • Symantecs Gateway Security Appliance
  • Tumbleweed Communications Corp.s Secure Guardian
  • www.bluecoat.com

    Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at csturdevant@eweek.com.

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