> > Has anyone seen the book "Internet Firewalls and Network Security"? I would
> > like to hear some type of review before I order one..
There are a couple of books out there with similar names. Who is the author
of the one you are referring to?
> It's been on my night stand for 2 months, and I haven't been able to get
> through it.
I hope that you were not referring to "Firewalls and Internet Security:
Repelling the Wily Hacker" by Cheswick & Bellovin. This is an excellent
book, was the first book about firewalls to hit the market, and, is still
the best I have seen on the topic.
> There's so much general TCP/IP and UNIX information I
> haven't been able to get through it to the firewall stuff yet.
> (Disclaimer: I know this stuff, and was looking for something to
> recommend to clients.)
If you must, you can skip the intro chapters and still get a lot out of the
I thought that the authors did a good job of describing many of the risks,
pros and cons of various firewall architectures, the free tools available
to you, and also tried to pass on some of their years of EXPERIENCE with
firewalls and internetwork security. If you need more information, there is
a long bibliography of books and papers.
>From a technical prespective, I don't think that there is much in the book
that has not already been covered in detail in the literature. However, if
you want to learn about firewalls or build your own, this book tries to put
as much of the information that is out there as possible into a single book
and at a bargain price.
Greg Nenych - AT&T Global Information Solutions Canada Ltd.