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JUNE 13, 2006 | 2:00 PM -- Now here's a survey to sink your teeth into.

Sage Research recently asked 125 IT professionals which security vendors had the worst products, worst management capabilities, and worst real-time IP traffic protection.

The clear winner in all three categories? Computer Associates.

Other possible choices included Check Point, Cisco, ISS, Juniper/NetScreen, RSA, and Symantec/Veritas. Using overall averages for the three questions, Symantec edged Cisco to round out the top three worst vendors.

The obvious omission? Microsoft. While some argue the software behemoth has until recently relied on others to manage its products, the vendor's clearly enlarging its security footprint.

Some 34 percent of the sample said CA had the worst security products. There was a three-way tie for second place among Cisco, ISS, and Symantec (15 percent each). And Juniper checked in third with 14 percent.

In worst management, CA (30 percent) led Cisco (20 percent) and ISS (17 percent).

Worst real-time IP traffic security showed CA at 29 percent, Symantec at 23 percent, and ISS with 16 percent of the votes.

Sage and its parent, Chadwick Martin Bailey, also noted that while Check Point was offered as an option in all categories, it received no votes. Does that mean we know who paid for the survey? No, says CMB's Chris Neal. The research house generated it independently.

— Terry Sweeney, Editor in Chief, Dark Reading

Organizations mentioned in this story

  • CA Inc. (NYSE: CA - message board)
  • Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: CHKP - message board)
  • Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO - message board)
  • Internet Security Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ISSX - message board)
  • Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR - message board)
  • Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - message board)
  • RSA Security Inc. (Nasdaq: RSAS - message board)
  • Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC - message board)

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