Functionality is solid. The USG includes firewall, IDS/IPS, anti-virus from Kaspersky, content filtering from Blue Coat and anti-spam. The IDS/IPS, AV and content filtering must be supported by an annual license fee - $609.99 in the case of the 200 - but the firewall and anti-spam are included in the price. And, the support and upgrade fees are free for the life of the product. The support is eight hours a day/ five days a week, but includes both phone and email.
» FIRST LOOK Good thing in a small package AT A GLANCE very now and then, I pluck a prod- won’t need to do that with ZyWALL. E uct out of our test queue because it intrigues me. This product is one of those. I pulled out the ZyWALL USG 200 There are four sizes for organizations with between 25 and 200 employees. Functionality is solid. The USG includes because it looked like it should be a sort of ﬁrewall, IDS/IPS, anti-virus from Kasper- wimpy little box, but I kept hearing what sky, content ﬁltering from Blue Coat and a cool UTM it is. Well, it couldn’t be both, anti-spam. The IDS/IPS, AV and content so I took it up to campus (Norwich Uni- ﬁltering must be supported by an annual versity) with me and hooked it up to our license fee – $609.99 in the case of the Product: ZyWALL USG 200 information warfare lab and proceeded 200 – but the ﬁrewall and anti-spam are Company: ZyXEL Communications to beat on it. It resisted all my efforts, so included in the price. And, the support www.zyxel.com I was afraid that I had broken it. When I and upgrade fees are free for the life of the Price: $999.99; Security Service Kit (content ﬁgured I had done all the damage I could, product. The support is eight hours a day/ ﬁltering, AV, IDS/IDP): $609.99/year I zeroed it out and returned it to factory ﬁve days a week, but includes both phone What it does: Provides the expected UTM defaults (no ﬁltering) and it was still chug- and email. The website is solid, complete features of ﬁrewall, intrusion detection/pre- ging along. This little guy is everything it with a knowledge base and FAQ. vention, anti-virus and content ﬁltering, plus VPN, anti-spam and management of peer-to- portends to be and I really liked it. We tested the USG 200 on our Mu peer and instant messenger programs. ZyXEL makes several other versions of Dynamics 4000. This is a heavy-duty tool What we liked: Small, extremely easy to set this USG (ZyXEL is clear that this is a for performing such things as protocol up and administer, effective perimeter protec- uniﬁed security gateway, not just a UTM), mutations in order to break through the tion both at the enterprise perimeter and from a toy 25-user version to a big 200- ﬁrewall by manipulating various protocols. between security zones within the enterprise. user tool. All of these are for small- to We mutated HTTP and HTTPS, since What we didn’t like: Nothing mid-sized businesses, and their pricing is
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