On Wed, 4 Sep 1996 19:29:07 -0400 (EDT), Enrique Vadillo asked:
>I am looking for any recommendation you can send me about the best *proved*
>firewall there can be for Windows NT, we have to use a Windows NT server
>as a firewall for some Micro$oft-based subsystem and i would like to just
>receive some recommendations from you guys out there who have already dealt
>with some firewall on NT.
>I would prefer to receive all the mails to my personal email address, and
>if the list is interested, i can summarize the results of my request for
>the best featured firewall for NT after ten days.
OK, I couldn't resist, humor switch on for the humor impaired ..
Well it really depends on what you are mean when you say best. If your main
interest is feature set, it is difficult to beat the IP_FORWARDING firewall
in number of different packet types passed between your internet router and
your internal network. Most other firewalls supply only a subset of the
IP_FORWARDING firewall's set of packet types. The IP_FORWARDING firewall
has the added advantage of being one of the cheaper firewalls on the market.
If you are one of those security concious geeks (as opposed to a security
unconcious end-user) I'd recommend the AirGap Firewall as the most secure.
In design the AirGap firewall is VERY similar to the IP_FORWARDING firewall.
You install the IP_FORWARDING firewall and cut the cable between the
firewall and the router, then separate the cut ends by a two foot air gap.
This firewall design passes the smallest subset of packets from your
internet router to your internal network. It is also one of the cheaper
firewalls on the market, costing about $5 US more than the IP_FORWARDING
firewall (for the cheapo wire cutters).
Now if you are a marketing or MIS management type looking for a buzzword
compliant firewall, I'm afraid I can not be much help. First it depends
alot on your current buzzword dictionary and second, there is currently ALOT
of competition in this particular area. Since this area is constantly under
change, I'm afraid whatever firewall you buy from this category will quickly
become dated. I'd recommend your avoid this category if at all possible.
I hope this information was of some help.
Humor switch off.
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