The Future Of The Firewall

Wilson, Jeff
May 2005
Business Communications Review;May2005, Vol. 35 Issue 5, p28
Trade Publication
The article reports on the future of Firewall computer security system. The term firewall has other uses besides referring to Internet security. In the late 1980s, routers used packet filtering to separate network segments so problems in one segment didn't affect other segments. Every network-connected system on earth faces threats that could be mitigated with a firewall, but many still are not protected by firewall. Firewall come in a variety of form factors--software that installs on the host, software for network servers, standalone hardware appliances, and network-integrated firewall. Many small and medium organizations are in a situation similar to the home users, in that the products they can afford or are willing to spend money on aren't necessarily capable of protecting them from today's sophisticated attacks. Enterprise-class firewall start at about $300, and that price will come down, but many small and medium organizations don't know how to find the right products, nor do they know how to install and manage them.


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