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Re: DISA eliminating firewalls
From: James Wright <jamfwright () gmail com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2013 16:14:15 -0400

Agreed, I also do not see them going away.  While BYOD is becoming a common
practice, so is network segregation, such as separate wifi networks
dedicated to personal devices.  Just because they need connectivity for
their device does not necessarily mean that it has to be direct
connectivity to internal resources and it does not mean that every
employee/user needs that level of connectivity.  Vendors are getting better
with the device VPN poducts as a method of internal access, which can
include an endpoint compliance scan.  This can ensure the device meets
local policies (like not being on the cell or other networks too, having AV
(for what it's worth), or other software/features).  Often times the VPN
options include turning off split-tunneling (forcing all data traffic
through the VPN tunnel), and other proxy type options.


Regards,
James



On Sun, Jul 7, 2013 at 12:46 AM, kent <kent () songbird com> wrote:

On 07/06/2013 08:55 AM, Crispin Cowan wrote:
“What will happen when firewalls go away?” is a very good question, i
don’t have that answer. I simply assert that firewalls will go away,
because they will become irrelevant. They are already barely relevant
because of mobile devices. The threatscape is ignoring your firewall and
walking straight through the front door attached to each individual
worker in the form of a smart phone or a tablet. Not only do the users
use them any way they want while away from the office, most of these
devices are dual-homed to your network and a cellular network plumped
right to the internet.

It is neither my choice nor my wish that firewalls will go away, merely
an inevitable consequence of pervasive mobile computing in the
enterprise.

Firewalls will be with us for a long time to come.  Old threats don't
become irrelevant just because there are powerful new threats.

Kent
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