> Steve once wrote:
> > HI,
> > I have been viewing this list for several weeks now and it seems that
> > the general consenus is that a firewall is needed in ALL cases. What I
> > am wondering is what if the only connection to the Internet is a
> > Website? And what if the WebSite software has its own built-in security
> > such as O'Reiley's WebSite does? Is a firewall _still_ necessary?
> > Thanks for any responses..I would hope that others would be wondering
> > this also, not just myself, and any responses would benefit many.
> > Steve
> > Steve @
> > sdg consulting
IMHO, a firewall is necessary as long as you are not running a
standalone web server with sole access to the Internet. O'Reiley's
WebSite is an application program running over a largely insecure
OS platform that will still allow the purposeful prankster to ruin
your show for a laugh.
The word 'secure', as I looked at it, is history. Anything considered
secured now is relative to the lack or gain of technology and
information. And then there is the bugs......
Firewall may not be some screening that you will like, especially
when the industry is oddly shifting to the WindowsNT platform. But
it will still reduce the odds that a would-be hacker making
curtain calls to your website/LAN and provides a misinformed peace
of mind to your company's MIS. But if you don't like firewalls, try
reducing the number of active ports to the minimal necessity, and
delete a whole lot of interesting executables.
Security in a networking environment, afterall, means inconveniences.
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