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UnixWorld: Part 2: How to Set Up a Linux-Based Firewall for a SOHO

May 13, 2001, 23:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John R. Vacca)

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This is part 2 of a 3-part series on how you can quickly secure your system with a Linux-based SOHO firewall. In this segment, the author guides you through product selections for your particular needs and discusses hardware and software costs, including some that are often overlooked.

Small office, home office firewall products, unfortunately, are still evolving. As a result, IT managers face a multitude of features in SOHO firewall software programs and hardware devices. For example, some new products allow centralized monitoring and policy enforcement for remote desktop firewalls, while others may be less sophisticated but easier to use. Still other products offer different configuration options depending on an employee's role or on the particular use -- personal or business -- of the remote computer.

Santa Clara, Calif.-based ISP Exodus Communications, for example, has deployed CyberwallPlus-SV SOHO firewall software from Network-1 Security Solutions of Waltham, Mass., on 25 key servers. The company also has installed ZoneAlarm Pro SOHO firewall software from San Francisco-based Zone Labs on 2,000 internal PCs. Exodus plans to install ZoneAlarm Pro on 4,000 computers used by internal, mobile and home workers.

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