Gary Flynn said...
"Since they don't know what the the firewall does nor how it works I guess
they depend on some sales rep or consultant's opinion to make them feel
happy. Not a smart consumer in my book."
Do you know how the passcard security system works, or how the video
surveillance system works, or how the sprinkler system works. My point is,
these items are merely components to complete Facilities Management. One
does not have to understand precisely how these specific components work in
order to decide to put them into your facility. A Firewall Solution is
similar to planning proper Facilities Management. You determine what your
needs are, source vendors and have them explain what their component adds
to your solution, buy them, install them, and maintain them. That's a
simplification with respect to security, but its also a simplification with
respect to Facilities.
When I buy a car with an airbag (I liked that analogy...), you are told how
it works, and that if you smash your car into something, it will deploy,
really...they do not sit down and give you lessons on how not to smash your
car into something...
Prebuilt "Black Box" Firewalls are tools that can be used in a complete
Firewall solution, which requires far more than just tools.
As for the media, its the security communities fault that they refer to
these things as a single box. We commonly use the term Firewall
interchangeably between a single box and a complete solution.