ProSecure STM 600
Strengths: Comprehensive web and email protection that is easy to deploy and use
Weaknesses: Nothing that we found
Verdict: We did not expect this type of product from Netgear, but for its consistent quality we rate this one Recommended
Netgear's ProSecure STM 600 web and email threat management is a full function transparent inline filter deployed at the internet gateway for seamless anti-malware control across both web and email protocols. It scans HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, SMTP, POP3 and IMAP traffic for viruses, spam and other malware threats, while also providing URL filtering and application control.
Initial setup and configuration for this device was quite simple and straightforward. Once the appliance was connected to the network we were able to access the web-based interface and run a setup wizard to configure the device for our environment. This setup wizard includes steps to not only configure the network and time settings but also set up a baseline scanning policy. After this is complete all additional administration is done in the same web interface, which we found to be well organised and easy to navigate.
This appliance includes many policy options that are easily configured, with most options being a simple check in a box or drop down list. We also found policies can be assigned to various groups and users, including LDAP and Active Directory. This allows for policies to be easily plugged into the existing environment.
Documentation includes a short quick-start guide that illustrates the steps to access the device and run the setup wizard. The PDF administrator guide or reference manual provides in-depth configuration instructions. Both guides include many screenshots and step-by-step instructions, which makes configuring and using the product easy.
Netgear includes the first year of support with the purchase of the product. This includes 24/7 phone and email technical support, next business day product replacement and firmware and software updates. After the first year this can be continued for an extra fee per year.* There is also free support available on the website where users can access documentation and a user forum.
At a price just under £3,000 we find this product to be excellent value for money. It includes a number of easy to manage features that provide comprehensive protection against web and email threats at a reasonable price.
* In the US. Contact regional offices for local support details.