Prices of multifunction security appliances have come down substantially in the past six months, and if you have not bought one yet you may want to take another look. With that in mind, we decided to take a fresh look at one of the best known of these, an appliance in the Symantec Gateway Security 5600 Series. Symantec sent us an 5640.
Their top of the line has twice the capacity of this model, but we had no problems using it in a lab setting and in a medium-size, real-world network.
In our lab tests, we simulated a corporate intranet. We placed a Microsoft Windows XP workstation and a Windows 2003 server inside one of the 5640’s internal protected subnetworks. Outside this network we set up a Linux server loaded with the Nessus (www.nessus.org) vulnerability scanner with settings to attack the other machines.Read Full Story