Review: Symantec's Gateway Security 5460By Andrew Garcia | Posted 2003-12-15 Email Print
Symantec's Gateway Security 5460 offers tight integration of services but isn't speedy.Symantec Corp.'s Gateway Security 5460 Version 2.0 provides tight integration of security services and much-needed relief for networks with complex security architectures. However, administrators with networks requiring extremely fast transaction times should consider how much scanning is done at the gateway.
The Gateway Security 5460, which began shipping in late October, is priced starting at $10,500 with only the firewall enabled; adding security services quickly increases the price. The unit eWEEK Labs testedwith anti-virus, content filtering, VPN, intrusion detection and intrusion prevention for 250 nodescosts $26,535.
In eWEEK Labs' tests, SGMI proved to be wonderfully intuitive and flexible. The object-oriented policy engine allows superb control of destination zones and service groups. We especially liked the Gateway Security 5460's ability to tie content filtering and anti-virus scans to particular service groups and access rules, instead of offering just a simple on/off mechanism.
The Gateway Security 5460's inline anti-virus scan is an appealing feature, but our tests showed there is room for improvement.Click to read the full review.
Technical Analyst Andrew Garcia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.