CP Secure CSG 2500
Strengths: Simple to install and the web management interface is easy to understand
Weaknesses: No URL filtering included
Verdict: For a large enterprise looking to filter most traffic for malicious code and viruses but don't necessarily need more URL content filtering, this is a fit.
CP Secure Content Security Gateway 2500 is an appliance-based solution. The device we tested was an enterprise unit that shipped with redundant power supplies, two fiber interfaces, and four Ethernet ports that did not include the administration port.
The product is slightly different than other products in the review because it does not includ a built-in URL filtering package to block inappropriate sites, although this can be purchased as an additional feature. It uses WebSense to block access to inappropriate URLs.
The device uses multiple scanning engines to check web, ftp, smtp, imap and pop3 protocol traffic for viruses and malicious code.
According to CP Secure, the CSG 2500 can handle HTTP traffic of 480Mbps and SMTP traffic of almost 2.8 million email messages per hour.
The installation begins with setting an IP address for the device to be managed. This can be set in one of three ways. The first is to configure the device through the LCD front panel. This option is easy, but we found the panel to be slow and often had to press the button several times to change entries. The second method is through a console cable and a terminal emulator such as Hyperterm. The final option is to accept the default address on the machine and change the IP of your management station.
Once the IP is set the next step is a wizard that performs most of the common configuration tasks and is run through a web browser. When the wizard is finished the additional configuration takes place through a secure web interface. The configuration of the device through the web interface is easy to follow and well laid out.
Documentation is included with the device in hard copy format. The install and administrator guides are well arranged and quite useful to have.
Support is available via phone and email. Web support is minimal, consisting of a frequently-asked-question page with limited information for configuring and troubleshooting. The first year of support and software maintenance are included in the purchase price.
The pricing for the CP Secure Content Security Gateway 2500 was at the top end of products tested in this review. Starting at more than £22,000, the top model in CP Secure's CSG series is definitely aimed at large organisations and enterprises.