Executive Summary

By Timothy Dyck  |  Posted 2002-10-07 Print this article Print

: StormWatch 3.0"> Executive Summary: StormWatch 3.0

Usability Excellent
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Good
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Excellent
Okenas StormWatch upgrade provides kernel-level security protection for Windows- or Solaris-based servers and applications. This is definitely a product for administrators to investigate when they want to lock down custom applications exposed to the outside world or protect security-sensitive Windows desktops.


StormWatch is competitively priced on the server and, at $85 per machine on the desktop, quite a bit less expensive for workstations than we expected, considering its power. Although administrative complexity for kernel-level security products is high compared with other security products, kernel-level products prevent attacks that nothing else can block.

(+) Kernel-level mandatory access security controls; easy-to-use security policy creation tools, plus a set of pre-built rules and security definitions; built-in firewall features; can be deployed to both servers and desktops.

(-) Doesnt allow security exceptions to be created for particular users; lacks HTTP filtering features; cannot identify attacks by name; doesnt work on Linux.

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  • www.okena.com/areas/products/products_stormwatch.html

    Timothy Dyck is a Senior Analyst with eWEEK Labs. He has been testing and reviewing application server, database and middleware products and technologies for eWEEK since 1996. Prior to joining eWEEK, he worked at the LAN and WAN network operations center for a large telecommunications firm, in operating systems and development tools technical marketing for a large software company and in the IT department at a government agency. He has an honors bachelors degree of mathematics in computer science from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and a masters of arts degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

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