Guarding your networks and systems from the latest threats isn't easy. Fortunately, security products are available to help. These products take many forms—antivirus and antispyware solutions, firewalls and Web access control solutions, Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPSs) and vulnerability scanners, authentication mechanisms—and many perform multiple security functions. As new threats emerge, security vendors step up to the challenge, adding new products or new features to existing products to fight the new battles (witness the number of spyware tools that have been introduced this year). You can find many old favorites and some new names among this year's Readers' Choice Security winners.


Antivirus/File Server or Client
1st—McAfee VirusScan Enterprise
2nd—Symantec and Norton antivirus products
3rd—Trend Micro OfficeScan

Antivirus/Mail Server
1st—Trend Micro ScanMail for Microsoft Exchange
2nd—McAfee GroupShield for Microsoft Exchange
3rd—Eset NOD32

Spyware Blocker
1st—Sunbelt Software CounterSpy Enterprise
2nd—Zone Labs (a Check Point Company) ZoneAlarm Pro
3rd—Microsoft Windows Antispyware

Firewall/Server or Standalone
1st—Check Point Software Technologies Check Point VPN-1 Pro
2nd—WatchGuard Technologies Firebox Series
3rd—Fortinet FortiGate Antivirus Firewalls

1st—Zone Labs (a Check Point Company) ZoneAlarm
2nd—Check Point Software Technologies Check Point Integrity SecureClient
3rd—McAfee Desktop Firewall

Proxy Server/Web Access Control and Monitoring
1st—Websense Enterprise
2nd—Pearl Software Pearl Echo
3rd—Microsoft ISA Server

Intrusion Detection and Prevention
1st—eEye Digital Security Blink
2nd—NetIQ Security Manager
3rd—Check Point Software Technologies InterSpect
3rd—McAfee IntruShield

Vulnerability Scanner
1st—Sunbelt Software Sunbelt Network Security Inspector
2nd—eEye Digital Security Retina Network Security Scanner
3rd—GFI Software GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner

Password-Management Software
1st—RSA Security RSA Sign-On Manager
2nd—Citrix Systems Citrix Password Manager
3rd—HP OpenView Identity Management

Authentication Solution (Two-Factor/Nonbiometric)
1st—RSA Security RSA SecurID
2nd—SSH Communications Security SSH Tectia
3rd—WinMagic SecureDoc Disk Encryption

Authentication Solution (Biometric)
1st—Lenel Systems International OnGuard ID CredentialCenter