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RE: Firewall Switch
From: "Richard Rees" <richard.rees () ins com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 12:34:40 -0600

Information Security Magazine recently did a article comparing checkpoint on
nokia to iptables and freeswan.  The summary of the article is:  No.  They
still aren't ready for enterprise class.  If you go to their archives you
should be able to dig it up.

Richard Rees, CISSP
Principal Consultant, International Network Services
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Email:   richard.rees () ins com
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-----Original Message-----
From: Zill, Greg [mailto:Greg.Zill () owh com] 
Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2003 12:16 PM
To: security-basics () securityfocus com
Subject: Firewall Switch

Is it reasonable to switch from licensed proprietary firewall to Open
Source firewall? With budget restraints what they are these days, I
figure I can step up and offer to convert the impending expiration of
current hardware/license. The proprietary firewalls currently in place
number 7 and protect key internet points at 6 geo-locations. Current
support licensing is past $10k per. The firewall technology itself
purports application layer, although much of the newly needed http/xml
stuff is not yet implemented.

Would I be able to provide the same level of protection and prove same
to managers? Would I really save dough? Also site-to-site vpn is in the
mix betwixt all sites...any thought appreciated.



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