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vendors are offering a whole suite of firewalls and security
solutions. They include companies such as Cisco, Computer
Associates, Symantec, etc. Here are some popular firewall
products these companies offer Cisco
Cisco offers an entire range of security products. Here's
an overview of two popular ones: Cisco IOS firewall and
Cisco Secure PIX.
Cisco Secure PIX
Cisco Secure PIX firewall is a dedicated firewall appliance
in Cisco's firewall family and holds the top rank in both
market-share and performance. The Cisco Secure PIX Firewall
delivers strong security and creates little to no network
performance impact. The product line enforces secure access
between an internal network and Internet, extranet, or intranet
links. The Cisco Secure PIX Firewall scales to meet a range
of customer requirements and network sizes and is available
in five models.
All four Cisco Secure PIX Firewall models have IPSEC encryption
built-in, permitting both site-to-site and remote access
VPN deployments, and operate on a hardened operating system
focused on protecting both the security of the device and
the network it protects.
Cisco IOS Firewall provides robust, integrated firewall
and intrusion detection functionality for every perimeter
of the network. Available for a wide range of Cisco IOS
software-based routers, the Cisco IOS Firewall offers sophisticated
security and policy enforcement for connections within an
organization (intranet) and between partner networks (extranets),
as well as for securing Internet connectivity for remote
and branch offices.
NA offers a range of products that combine antivirus and
firewall services and are ideal for managing the network
security from a single console. Also, they keep an additional
check on viruses, something that firewalls lack.
e-ppliances are a complete security solution for networks
ranging in size from a single telecommuter to a large enterprise
thousands of users. With a single point of contact, PGP
Security reduces technical support complexity and provides
additional security services.
The auto update firmware retrieves the latest files to maintain
the highest level of security and protects the
network from newly discovered hacker attacks.
Virus scanning ensures your desktops download the latest
DAT files to protect your network from harmful virus mutations.
Gauntlet Firewall 6.0
Firewall can guard one door or many doors, making it ideal
for protecting small, medium, or large size networks with
one site or multiple sites around the world. Gauntlet ensures
privacy of communications for securely transferring data
between multiple sites and remote users.
Gauntlet uses the Internet to send encrypted data from the
gatekeeper at the main door to traveling employees, off-site
and other corporate sites.
offers a line of firewall and VPN solutions. These solutions
are resilient platforms and are scalable for large organization
and service providers.
NetScreen's full-featured firewall uses technology based
on stateful inspection, securing against intruders
and denial-of-service attacks. NetScreen's custom-built
GigaScreen ASIC processes the firewall access policies and
encryption algorithms in hardware; providing significantly
higher performance than software-only
offers various security solutions to protect your network
from hackers and other backdoor attacks.
Symantec Desktop Firewall 2.0
firewall helps in protecting the rapidly growing population
of remote and mobile users from hacker attacks and prevents
these systems from being used by hackers to gain entry into
large networks. Some of the key features are:
Can be deployed rapidly to protect mobile users and
telecommuters from hackers.
Secures corporate networks from attacks via remote connections.
Remote installation and automatic configuration.
Supports leading VPN environments.
Symantec Desktop Firewall 2.0 enables administrators to
quickly roll out a highly effective solution that works
intelligently in the background, monitoring both
inbound and outbound communications. It is also optimized
for always-on broadband connections such as DSL and cable
modems that are favored by mobile users, it is the ideal
solution for securing today's remote communications.
Norton Personal Firewall 2001
Firewall 2001 helps in protecting your networks against
hackers and other Internet threats, and also provides
security for your PC and privacy for your personal information.
This firewall software controls all Internet connections
to and from your computer and alerts you to attempted intrusions.
You can also use Norton Personal Firewall to prevent personal
data from being sent to websites without your knowledge,
and to block Java applets, ActiveX controls, and cookies
from unfamiliar sites.
Some of the key features:
Keep your personal information private.
Stay protected against unauthorized access.
Easy to install, configure and use.
is an easy to manage security solution that provides both
perimeter and internal protection. eTrust has a unified
console for enterprise-class manageability making it easy
to deploy your firewalls throughout the enterprise. The
technology also provides organizations with the most intuitive
firewall rule analyzer in the industry. This firewall also
comes with features such as packet inspection technology
and supports all application protocols. Key features include:
Visualization: Intuitive drag-and-drop network
Central Policy Definition: Consistent security
throughout the enterprise.
TCP State Aware Packet Filtering: Intelligent,
Alerting and Reporting: Central monitoring of
Calendar Support: Timely activation and deactivation
of firewall rules.
SecureWay Firewall enables safe, secure e-business
by controlling all communications to and from the Internet.
This firewall contains three critical firewall architectures
filtering, proxy, and circuit level gateway to provide customers
both a high-level of security and flexibility.
The main features are:
Three firewalls in one allows you to optimize security
and performance through the choice of filtering, circuit
gateway or application gateway.
Network Security Auditor proactively scans the firewall
and other hosts to find potential security exposures.
Disables unsafe applications to ensure a secure platform
for the firewall.
Provides seamless Internet access using standard client
Provides easy and secure administration; centrally manages
and configures multiple firewalls.
Eliminate the need for expensive leased lines by using
the Internet as a virtual private network.
Mumbai-based MIEL offers CyberGuard's KnightSTAR, STARLord
and FireSTAR firewall solutions in India. These are easy-to-use
appliance firewalls primarily targeted at banks, financial
institutions, corporations and governments.
These firewalls combine the highest level of security with
a Unix kernel designed to comply with NSA B2 specifications.
Additionally, they are easy to install, get it out of the
box and just plug it into your network. Also, these firewalls
are obsolesce-proof NSA B2-compliat Unix insures the firewall
against newer loopholes or threats.
The STARLord provides comprehensive security for high-bandwidth
data centers, Web hosting and ISP/ASP markets while KnightSTAR
is meant for large enterprises, data centers, and service
providers. The FireSTAR is designed for mid-sized growing
network environments, typically SME etc.
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