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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
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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