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RE: Microsoft to ship new versions with firewall enabled

  • From: Scott McGrath
  • Date: Thu Aug 14 13:11:02 2003



The checkpoint and Pix Boxen are what we use here.  But we also use
ipchains to secure things at a host level.

                            Scott C. McGrath

On Thu, 14 Aug 2003, Drew Weaver wrote:

>
>
> ipchains and similar firewalls are indeed far superior.  I manage "real"
> firewalls as part of my responsibilities.
>
> However the new microsoft policy will help protect the network from Joe
> and Jane average who buy a PC from the closest "big box" store and hook it
> up to their cable modem so they can exchange pictures of the kids with the
> grandparents in Fla.  This is the class of users who botnet builders dream
> about because these people do not see a computer as a complex system which
> _requires_ constant maintenance but as a semi-magical device for moving
> images and text around.
>
> ----
>
> I don't believe that many people really see ipchains as a real viable
> firewall. I think it is awesome, but in many corporations simply mentioning
> it gets you a stern eyeing. Of course these corporations can spend tons of
> money on Checkpoint and PIX boxen.
>
> -Drew
>
>
>





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