Secure Computing's CommandCenter Improves Enterprise Management

Fully-integrated policy management tools simplify deploying, managing firewalls

Secure Computing Corporation has released CommandCenter. The new central management product for Secure Computing Sidewinder and SnapGear network gateway security appliances lets enterprises deploy hundreds of firewalls.

Users will find Secure Computing CommandCenter simplifies network security management because it can help them create and enforce security policies and policy changes quickly and accurately across the entire network. Among the product's features for managing the entire network are these:

  • Rule creation, validation, and distribution are optimized using wizards to quickly merge similar rules, delete duplicates, and create VPNs

  • Flexible administrative functions are based on individual roles so users can efficiently and centrally manage multiple domains or enterprises

  • Secure Computing’s SecurityReporter offers personal, graphical, real-time monitoring, as well as detailed reports for regulatory compliance

  • Automated upgrade management eliminates vulnerabilities by ensuring the latest software updates and patches are implemented; release updates can be tracked and applied to an unlimited number of devices

Secure Computing CommandCenter's virtual central management features simplify monitoring of multiple firewall appliances across multiple domains or enterprises, making it suitable for large distributed organizations or providers offering managed services. Creating “virtual instances” of CommandCenter keeps configuration separate between enterprises and keeps information from being shared improperly.

Organizations can better understand their policies with SecurityReporter, which is included; the feature turns audit and log data "noise" into "actionable information," according to the company. SecurityReporter automatically combines and correlates data and alerts administrators to real-time security threats. Regulatory compliance is simplied thanks to SecurityReporter's template reports and forensic analysis tools.

CommandCenter appliances are available now and are priced between $6,900 and $79,900 (US); pricing is based on the number of firewalls deployed. The company says CommandCenter support for SnapGear will be available in the first half of 2008. More information is available at http://www.securecomputing.com/goto/commandcenter