More for Your Money

 
 
By Oliver Kaven  |  Posted 2002-11-19 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


More for Your Money

The products in our roundup are for small companies with 20 to 50 employees; they cost between $400 and $900, and all use both NAT and SPI technologies. All the devices in this roundup offer VPNs of varying types; in fact, many manufacturers have begun marketing this feature over those of the firewalls proper. (This story focuses on the devices firewall functions; VPNs will be the focus of a future story.)

Companies with 50 to 500 employees should consider more robust and complex 1U- or 2U-size firewalls, which cost from $2,000 to tens of thousands of dollars. Very small offices would be fine with low-cost broadband routers with SPI firewalls; these devices can be had for $200 to $300 (see "Keep Hackers Out: Personal Edition").

Although they are multifaceted, any of these firewalls should be considered just one part of a small-office network. The IT security community generally recommends that firewalls be integrated with strong authentication, intrusion detection and prevention solutions, antivirus protection, and content filtering to provide adequate security.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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