Gateway Anti-Malware Buyer's Guide

Apr 25, 2013


Enemies at the Gateway

The money businesses and consumers lose to malware lands right in the pockets of cybercriminals, who invest their ill-gotten gains in devising ever more virulent strains. It's a vicious cycle, exacerbated by the difficulty of providing robust malware protection to mobile and remote workers who may be constantly on the move and connecting to unsecured networks using a variety of devices. These people are prime targets for crippling malware attacks that could cost big money to fix.

We decided to pull together a comparison of gateway-centric anti-malware systems that can offer robust protection. To be included, vendors must offer an on-premises virtual or physical appliance. We excluded products that are exclusively cloud-based, for two reasons. First, this guide is aimed at enterprises, which generally demand an on-premises gateway, often with a cloud-based component for mobile users. And cloud-centric offerings typically scrub only HTTP traffic. While a good portion of malware is delivered via HTTP, that doesn't account for all the threat vectors that security pros need to consider. We did allow products that are primarily focused on antivirus, intrusion prevention, Web security and/or Web application firewalling if malware-filtering capabilities are included. See the full vendor responses to our questionnaire here.

The fight against malware will likely always resemble a game of whack-a-mole. However, with the right approach to protection, you can block 99.9% of attempts to penetrate your defenses -- and save your organization a significant amount of time, money and grief. (R6750413)

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