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Re: Hardware Firewall
From: "Francois Yang" <francois.y () gmail com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 09:21:34 -0600

In my opinion, if you're going to put together a course about Hardware
Firewall, you need to include other vendors and not just Cisco. Unless
of course your course is about Cisco firewalls.
A good source for which firewall vendor you should cover might be
Gartner's magic quadrant. Do a google search for "gartner's magic
quadrant hardware firewall 2007" it will give you an idea of the most
popular firewalls.
And to answer your question, Yes alot of people who used PIX are
upgrading to ASA, because one their current infrastructure is already
built around Cisco firewalls and it would be too hard to replace every
FW with a different vendor which could cause issues and two their
engineers are familiar with Cisco and to retrain them with a different
product may not be the best route.

hope this helps.


On Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 3:40 PM,  <h.carpentier () yahoo co uk> wrote:
Hello all,

I am going to upgrade in the near future a network security course. The course is looking at network security from a 
hardware point of view, using at the present time PIX firewalls and router IOS security features.
I am very familiar with the PIX, and am aware that they will be unsupported soon (2012?). They are replaced with 
ASAs. Is there really many people using ASAs out there? The Cisco routers IOS seem to be able to fulfil most of the 
functions anyway.
Do you know of other platform offering the same or similar functions?


Hervé Carpentier

If you spend more on coffee than on IT security, you will be hacked.
What's more, you deserve to be hacked. — White House Cybersecurity
Advisor, Richard Clarke

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