MacNews Category Review: server security apps for the Mac
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MacNews Category Review: server security apps for the Mac

imageThis MacNews Category Review looks at server security software for Mac OS X. Products covered include ActiveCard Gold, AP Intelligent Mail Switch, ArcSight Manager, DoorStop X Firewall, eSoft InstaGate, JaSFtp, Keneisys Virtual StrongBox Manager, MacForensicsLab, NavisRadius, Nessus, SkeyCalc, SonicWall, Threat Preclusion Firewall, VPN Tracker Server and Who's There? Firewall Advisor.

ActivCard Gold

[url=]ActivCard Gold[/url] is a multi-function smart card-based digital identity middleware solution that secures your network with smart cards on a variety of platforms. It secures log-in, email, and other applications in desktop, laptop, thin terminal, and server environments.

AP Intelligent Mail Switch

[url=]AP Intelligent Mail Switch with InboxMaster[/url] is a secure perimeter gateway created for IT staff to secure the entrance and exit to their e-mail environment. No software is installed on the end-user’s desktop.

ArcSight Manager

[url=]ArcSight Manager[/url] is server-based security software for IT managers.

DoorStop X Firewall

[url=]DoorStop X Firewall[/url] 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

[url=]The InstaGate EX2 firewall/VPN appliance[/url] 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.


[url=]JaSFtp[/url] offers secure FTP (SFTP) and is designed with automation in mind.

The Keneisys Virtual StrongBox Manager

[url=]The Keneisys Virtual StrongBox Manager[/url] 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.


[url=]MacForensicsLab[/url] is a suite of forensics and analysis tool in one package. It's designed for law enforcement professionals.


[url=]NavisRadius[/url] 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.


[url=]Nessus[/url] is a vulnerability scanner used in over 75,000 organizations.


[url=]SkeyCalc[/url] computes one-time passwords for use in logging in (or otherwise authenticating to) servers which implement S/Key or OTP access control. It operates as a service, allowing for fast OTP authentication. SkeyCalc doesn't save your password in memory or on disk, but uses sensitive regular expressions. It's compliant with RFC-2289.


[url=]SonicWall[/url] is a firewall box and Internet security appliance that provides a way of choosing the sites and newsgroups that can be accessed by users.

Threat Preclusion Firewall

[url=]Threat Preclusion Firewall[/url] is firewall software for e-mail servers; it integrates with other blocking and spam tools.

VPN Tracker Server

[url=]VPN Tracker Server[/url] 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.

Who's There? Firewall Advisor

[url=]Who's There? Firewall Advisor[/url] lets you view, understand and react to access attempts detected by your firewall. It's available as a standalone product or as part of the integrated DoorStop X Security Suite.

For an in-depth round-up of Mac products, go to the
[url=]Macintosh Products Guide[/url].

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