Rating the malware blockers

Five products that stop malware at the gateway

McAfee Web Gateway

McAfee Web Gateway

Score: 4.5

Pros: Accurate; fast; easy to use.

Cons: Updates took longer than we expected.

Trend Micro

Trend Micro's Interscan Web Security Virtual Appliance/ Interscan Messaging Security Virtual Appliance/Advanced Reporting and Management

Score: 4.1

Pros: Excellent reports; easy installation; good overall view of corporate security.

Cons: Performance was slower than most of the other products; user interface not as intuitive as the others.

Websense Web Security Gateway

Websense Web Security Gateway

Score: 4.0

Pros: Good performance; easy to use.

Cons: Pricey; Not as effective against phishing.

FaceTime\'s Unified Security Gateway

FaceTime's Unified Security Gateway

Score: 3.9

Pros: Especially good security for social networking.

Cons: User interface not as responsive as McAfee's.

Symantec\'s Web Gateway/Mail Security

Symantec's Web Gateway/Mail Security

Score: 3.6

Pros: Excellent documentation; highly useful compliance summary screen.

Cons: The two products need to be better integrated and have lower latencies (such as be quicker).

Barry Nance is a software developer, application architect, consultant and author. He has more than 28 years of experience with a variety of computing platforms, networks, operating systems, application development methodologies and computing languages. He has a broad, deep knowledge of current and forthcoming hardware and software technologies.

As a chief architect, he's designed and help build major e-commerce applications, protocol-based communications systems, and application infrastructures. His clients include such companies Thomson Financial, Equifax and US Web/CKS.

Nance also runs a network computing laboratory containing several local and wide area networks, platforms and networking products.

Among his several books are Introduction to Networking, 4th Edition (Que, 1997), Client/Server LAN Programming (Que, 1994), and Network Programming in C (Que, 1991).

His e-mail address is barryn@erols.com .