[fw-wiz] Email Appliances

From: Behm, Jeffrey L. (BehmJL@bvsg.com)
Date: 08/02/02


From: "Behm, Jeffrey L." <BehmJL@bvsg.com>
To: "'firewall-wizards@honor.icsalabs.com'" <firewall-wizards@honor.icsalabs.com>
Date: Fri Aug  2 13:06:00 2002

This email concerns email appliances. If you feel this is off topic, please
simply delete and accept my apologies in advance.

Any opinions on email appliances that are supposed to make an email admin's
job much, much easier? You know, to accept email from the Internet and
forward it into your internal network (and vice versa), so as to not expose
your internal email server to the risks of the Internet and to utilize this
choke point as a place to filter and virus check.

I am looking for opinions on an appliance in the Medium to Large Enterprise
range, such as IronMail (www.ciphertrust.com <www.ciphertrust.com> ) or
McAfee's e500 (www.mcafeeb2b.com/products/webshield-eapp/default.asp
<www.mcafeeb2b.com/products/webshield-eapp/default.asp> ), The appliance
will be used for content filtering, AntiVirus, SPAM, Web Access, security,
manageability, etc. and for accepting/sending email for multiple (internal)
domain names.

Hopefully this won't touch off a "which (email) firewall is best" flame war,
I am just looking for real-world experience/gotchas/waycools/etc. anyone may
have with appliances such as those mentioned above (or others in that
class).