Firewall Shopping Checklist

Part of the Firewalls For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you’re shopping for a firewall to protect your computer and the information on it, you want the firewall hardware and/or software to be effective and appropriate for your needs and system. The following list poses questions to address before you purchase:

Is the firewall ICSA-certified? Does it support NAT?
Is the firewall easy to configure? Does it support a DMZ?
Are there remote management options? Does it support VPN?
Does it match the current expertise of your firewall administrators? Does it support new protocols and plug-ins?
Which OS platform and what hardware does it require? Does it detect common attacks and intrusion attempts?
Does it require client software? Does it have adequate logging options?
What are the licensing options and costs? Are real-time monitoring options available?
Does it support application-level rules?
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