Snort vs. Powertech Exit Point Manager for IBM i

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Snort
Score 8.4 out of 10
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Sourcefire developed Snort, an open source intrusion prevention system capable of real-time traffic analysis and packet logging. Snort was acquired (and is now supported) by Cisco in 2013.N/A
Powertech Exit Point Manager for IBM i
Score 9.5 out of 10
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Powertech Exit Point Manager for IBM i from HelpSystems allows users to reduce the risk of unauthorized and unaudited server access with system access monitoring, tracking and control software for IBM i.N/A
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SnortPowertech Exit Point Manager for IBM i
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User Ratings
SnortPowertech Exit Point Manager for IBM i
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
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User Testimonials
SnortPowertech Exit Point Manager for IBM i
Likelihood to Recommend
Cisco
If a colleague was looking to tighten down their network I can easily recommend Snort to them. It gives you some more peace of mind knowing that its always scanning traffic for malicious looking code. Even things your major firewalls and security hardware might miss, Snort has picked up. Its an easy recommendation for me.
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Fortra
As specified earlier, the product is very helpful to monitor the FTP, ODBC, JDBC, SQL and remote commands. What queries are coming to the system and who is issuing the commands so that we can analyze the and restrict their access if its not required. It helped us catch [a lot of] unauthorized users.
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Pros
Cisco
  • IPS detection.
  • DoS detection.
  • Packet logging.
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Fortra
  • Restricted FTP users
  • ODBC/JDBC connection restrictions
  • Exit Point Security Performance, Flexibility
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Cons
Cisco
  • At times can be unstable with Cisco bugs, require frequent upgrading.
  • FTD images that are being pushed for ASAs are less efficient from an administration standpoint, no CLI.
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Fortra
  • Adding a user to the exit point manger and then specifying the same user to restrict for particular service is bit complex i feel, instead of that making only one entry to restriction would be good.
  • All Features are good
  • Can maintain all systems from central system.
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Alternatives Considered
Cisco
For our organization, the Cisco defense in depth concept works the best. While Cisco can be made to work with other vendors, we have found the best in depth protection by integrating Cisco products for maximum visibility. We had a Barracuda Web Filter, but it was difficult to maintain when you had limited scope on what you could block, so we created a whitelist only setup which required a lot of additional manpower. This wouldn't have covered new threats with DNS spoofing and the like. Sourcefire also integrated with our anti-malware platform (Cisco AMP) for even better visibility on what may be happening on the end users workstation. We are planning on adding in Cisco ISE to complete the approach and possibly stealthwatch to cover our bases in the future. The Palo Alto gear was interesting, but it was priced far out of our range.
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Fortra
Helpsystems was one of the best leading third-party service provider in the Market for IBM i. Since we are already customer for the Helpsystems and their support is awesome. We need the best products in market and Helpsystems has all the good tools that suits to my environment. All we need is the best support when its required which Helpsystems support team doing at its best.

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Return on Investment
Cisco
  • Being open source, ROI on free is hard to beat for something that works.
  • I believe it greatly enhances the security of my network.
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Fortra
  • Controlling of unauthorized access
  • Monitoring the exit point manger logs to restrict data access only to authorized people.
  • Monitor of FTP, ODBC, SQL, Remote Commands and block attacks on IBM i DB2
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