>>>>> "Steve" == Steve Simmons <scs @
Steve> I was at a client site the other day and they gasped at the
Steve> idea of a $25,000 firewall package. I asked how much they paid
Steve> for 24x365 security guards, electronic door cards, locks on the
Steve> doors, keys for desks, etc, etc, etc. I told them connecting
Steve> to the information highway without a firewall and a security
Steve> policy is like removing all the doors from your building.
This is an exaggeration. In the words of Malcolm Forbes, "never
exaggerate." If you exaggerate about this, how accurate was the rest
of what you said?
If you have better ones, fine, but it's analogy time, and we
Internauts desperately need some good analogies to Real Life to help
people understand, so here goes:
An Internet Firewall is like the fences/gates/guards/card-keys
surrounding an exclusive, private community. It's also like
the lock on the front door of your apartment/condominium
building. It provides a buffer between your immediate space
and the "outside world."
Your personal password/SecurID/retina-scan/voice-print which
grants you access to your computer account is like the locks
on the doors to your home.
If you do not have a firewall, you have to know more about how your
system was built, be more careful about passwords, etc.
The analogy here is that you have to worry about how the builder
installed the doorjams, windows, and walls, about how competently the
burglar/home-invasion alarm company secured your perimeter, and also
about the children leaving their windows and patio doors unlocked in
the morning when they run off to school or something like that.$$
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