Category Review: server security apps for Mac OS X
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Category Review: server security apps for Mac OS X

This MacNews Category Review is a look at server security software for the Mac. Products covered include DoorStop X Firewall, eSoft InstaGate, JaSFtp, the Keneisys Virtual Strongbox Manager, MacForensics Lab, NavisRadius, Nessus, SonicWall and VPN Tracker Server.

DoorStop X Firewall

DoorStop X Firewall ( protects your Mac from undesired access from the Internet and logs both allowed and denied access attempts. It enhances the firewall built into Mac OS X and works with Mac OS X Server as well. It's available as a standalone product or as part of the DoorStop X Security Suite.

eSoft InstaGate

The InstaGate EX Firewal ( is a solution for turnkey Internet security that includes firewall protection, integrated VPN, integrated mail server and a catalog of business-enhancing software modules like anti-virus protection, web site filtering, spam filtering and more. It's scalable and designed to support 2-250 users. The InstaGate PRO is eSoft’s top performing VPN/firewall appliance that delivers more processing power and an unlimited user license. And the InstaGate xSP combines a hardware platform -- the InstaGate VPN firewall appliance -- with a catalog of modular security applications called SoftPaks. With InstaGate, you can create an IT perimeter tailored to the requirements of your organization.


JaSFtp ( offers secure FTP (SFTP) and is designed with automation in mind.

The Keneisys Virtual StrongBox Manager

The Keneisys Virtual StrongBox Manager ( is software for managing Keneisys Virtual StrongBoxes. The Keneisys Virtual StrongBox (VSB) provides autonomous, self-contained file level security, completely independent of security appliances, security server and Virtual Private Networks. Each VSB carries with it a dynamic permissions matrix and digitally signed audit trail.


MacForensicsLab ( is a suite of forensics and analysis tool in one package. It's designed for law enforcement professionals.


NavisRadius ( -- now known as 8950 AAA -- is a commercial AAA server. It builds on the Java-based PolicyFlow plug-in architecture and adds an expanded graphic interface for overall server management and maintenance of user accounts. Full support for the Apple AirPort AAA interface and Wi-Fi/EAP authentication is included.

Nessus ( is a vulnerability scanner used in over 75,000 organizations.


SonicWall ( is a firewall box and Internet security appliance that provides a way of choosing the sites and newsgroups that can be accessed by users.

VPN Tracker Server

VPN Tracker Server ( is a server application to set up encrypted remote access connections for Mac OS X workgroups over standard Internet lines. The software runs as a VPN gateway for smaller companies and provides rapid deployment capabilities to any home or branch office through VPN Tracker Client. VPN Tracker Server allows remote access for external users, and home or branch offices are able to connect securely to the office using VPN Tracker Client. The encryption is based on the IPsec protocol.

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