Keep Hackers Out: Part Two, Professional Edition
The evolution of small-business firewallsan essential tool for network defensecontinues apace, giving you more for your money than ever before.As enterprises lock down their networks with an ever-expanding arsenal of security technologies, hackers have moved on to easier pickingssmaller businesses. Historically, Internet security has been less of an issue for smaller companies, but thats changing. Securing a small- office network now requires several different technologies. Security expert Sanjaya Sood, during a speech at the Infosec Security Conference at the United Nations headquarters in September, likened the use of a traditional firewall alone to "using the Great Wall of China for modern warfare." Still, a firewall remains the first line of defense. And the timing has never been better to buy these devices; their costs have dropped while their capabilities have increased significantly.
No longer just firewalls, most of the devices in the range of $400 to $900 are referred to as security appliances. This change in nomenclature was inspired by the addition of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other features.