Retina Security Management
Strengths: Easy-to-use, comprehensive vulnerability assessment
Weaknesses: Nothing that we found
Verdict: For its solid performance, good value and its venerable pedigree, we rate this product our Best Buy
Last year we reviewed the software version of this product, so we were very excited to see an appliance version. We have to say we are quite impressed with the Retina Security Management Appliance. It incorporates all the great features of the Retina Scanner with compliance and patch management capabilities. This product provides features such as network discovery and policy assessment, network vulnerability assessment, vulnerability management and compliance management.
This product is easy to use right out of the box. We connected the appliance to our test network, booted it up, and we were almost there. After a quick initial setup wizard, we were running our first scan from the management console. This console is simple and intuitive to navigate, with a simple tab-top design. Once a scan is completed, you can view reports and results with just a few clicks of the mouse.
We found this scanner to provide some excellent vulnerability information throughout the test environment. The scan was also quite easy to customise, so we could run several different preconfigured scan templates.
This product includes three pieces of documentation. First is a single-sheet installation guide to illustrate the initial setup procedure. Next is a PDF quick-start guide that contains information about running scans and a few product features. The final piece is a full user guide presented as a help file. This goes into great detail about customising the product and using advanced features. All guides include many screenshots for further illustration.
Basic support for this product includes office-hour phone support as well as a warranty on the hardware. EEye also offers premium support, which is based on a percentage of the purchase price. There is also a support knowledge base available on the website customers can access.
At just under £1,300, this box is excellent value for money for almost any size environment. The Retina Security Management Appliance gives some great vulnerability management features at a fair price.