When is there enough security

Posted on 2005-04-20
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
I was just wondering is there such a think as overkill when it comes to spam and virus protection. We have 4 servers (1 Exchange 2003) We currently use:

GFI Mail Essentials
Symantec: Mail Security for Exchange (SMTP)
Symantec/Bright Anti-Spam
Symantec Anti-Virus
Cisco PIX
ISA Server

We are considering purchasing as additions:
GFI Download Security for ISA
GFI MailSecurity

Would this be counter productive, too over the top, and a waist of money?

Thanks for your help
Question by:bizzie247
    LVL 25

    Expert Comment

    the only problem i see is you never really want 2 products doing the same thing (ie 2 antivirus emial softwares or 2 antispam softwares) since they will confilct with eachother.  I'm willing to bet if you call or look at the system requirments for GFI mail essentials it tells you not to have another antispam product running.

    Author Comment

    So you would recommend keeping what I have and put GFI on the shelf for now?
    LVL 25

    Accepted Solution

    well you have three GFI products, i wouldnt install GFI mail security since you already have a mail security solution (symantec).
    LVL 3

    Expert Comment

    by:Mike R.
    Hmmm...although mikeleebrla is right in the general...I would disagree that you should never have two programs doing the same thing.  Sometimes one anti-virus can conflict with another by identifying the other's automated updates as unwanted installs and killing them...but aside from that, I frequently run two of more than one protection program, including AV.

    However, buying all your protection from the same company is a waste.  If their first product is not set to catch something...their second won't either.  If you want additional layers I would recommend two things...

    1. Multiple programs from different vendors.  I.E. I run McAfee firewall (which also acts blocks un-approved installs) AND counterspy.  They complement each other nicely as one frequently catches the things the other misses.

    2. Add PHYSICAL layers, not more software.  I.E.  Add a software firewall to the computer...and a physical hardware firewall router between the computer and the inet (netgear routers do a good job and are under $150.)

    Best of Luck!

    Author Comment

    Just makes sence and we save by just going with what we have. If it's not broke......

    Thank you

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    How your wiki can always stay up-to-date

    Quip doubles as a “living” wiki and a project management tool that evolves with your organization. As you finish projects in Quip, the work remains, easily accessible to all team members, new and old.
    - Increase transparency
    - Onboard new hires faster
    - Access from mobile/offline

    Suggested Solutions

    NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
    Not sure what the best email signature size is? Are you worried about email signature image size? Follow this best practice guide.
    Migrating to Microsoft Office 365 is becoming increasingly popular for organizations both large and small. If you have made the leap to Microsoft’s cloud platform, you know that you will need to create a corporate email signature for your Office 365…
    This video gives you a great overview about bandwidth monitoring with SNMP and WMI with our network monitoring solution PRTG Network Monitor ( If you're looking for how to monitor bandwidth using netflow or packet s…

    779 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    14 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now