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Re: Port blocking last resort in fight against virus

  • From: Christopher L. Morrow
  • Date: Wed Aug 13 12:13:54 2003

On Wed, 13 Aug 2003, Jack Bates wrote:

> Christopher L. Morrow wrote:
> > This is the point, atleast I, have been trying to make for 2 years... end
> > systems, or as close to that as possible, need to police themselves, the
> > granularity and filtering capabilities (content filtering even) are
> > available at that level alone.
> I agree with you Chris, but I also believe that temp filters do have a
> role, even at backbones. One of my peers appears to be helping out my

the problem is, at the backbone level, its a very large hammer... and
often the peg is round while the hole is square :(

> Honestly, it would be nice to offer different classes of service,
> allowing user's that are semi-protected and user's that are free and
> clear. The issue with doing so is dealing with the liability of

this is called 'managed firewall service' and some ISP's do a good
business with it, some even advertise their service and market it too! :)
There are some sticky points with managed firewall services that still
need ironing out (on a per-provider basis atleast) but its a great start,
and the filtering is done at the 'right' place, near the end node...

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