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Jan 31 2008   9:05PM GMT

Multi-Vendor Firewalls: Managing Them For Fun and Profit

Tony Bradley Tony Bradley Profile: Tony Bradley

OK, there probably isn’t any profit, and the idea of “fun” may be a bit of a stretch as well. Organizations that have multiple firewalls, from multiple vendors need an efficient way to monitor, manage, and optimize them. Network administrators just keep adding rules on the fly, rarely documenting why they were created. It doesn’t take long before there is a complete, chaotic mess of firewall rules to manage. Doing so across multiple firewalls, particularly from multiple vendors, can be tedious, and virtually impossible. The individual firewall vendors don’t provide tools with the power and flexibility to help make the process more efficient. Thankfully, there are 3rd-party vendors that do. Using one of the the 3rd-party tools, you can review, manage, and optimize firewall rules from multiple vendors and multiple firewalls. Read How to manage your multivendor firewalls like a pro to learn more about these products and how they can help you.

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