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NuFW brings IPv6 support

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The Now User Filtering Works (NuFW) team has announced the initial release of the 2.2 stable branch. NuFW is a user-authenticating firewall that runs on top of the the Netfilter framework. This release includes several new features, including complete support for IPv6.

IPv6 firewalling knows no middle ground

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Two months ago, we published Everything you need to know about IPv6, telling you the following about firewalling IPv6 in relationship to the Network Address Translation that is common in today's IPv4 home routers. If you have a router or home gateway that supports IPv6, make sure that it, too, filters IPv6. A stateful filter that allows outgoing connections and return traffic, but not incoming connections is closest to the IPv4 NAT filtering functionality. This is in line with the recommendations in a document that the Internet Engineering Task Force's IPv6 Operations (v6ops) working group is developing:

AlgoSec Raises Firewall Security Risk Management Bar

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AlgoSec announced its latest version which provides a web-user interface to ensure policy compliance and maximize network efficiency. AlgoSec Firewall Analyzer solutions provide risk management, change management, automated audit, and security and policy compliance capabilities in easy to deploy and use offerings. AlgoSec

Danger inside the firewall

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Between the latest firewall technology and advanced intrusion detection systems, IT professionals are breathing a little easier. This is a big mistake. It may be easier to protect the network from external attack these days, but the greatest security risks still come from inside the DMZ. I work for a small, single-branch credit union in Minneapolis, and I am a one-man shop. If there's a technical problem, I'm the guy who has to fix it. Once a year, auditors from a large accounting firm come in to perform an audit for our year-end financial statements. In the past, the only tech support I needed to provide was to set up a local printer they could use from their laptops. I couldn't have given them access to my network if I wanted to, as their techs had their laptops locked down, and I couldn't make any changes to their setup.

Computer Associates to Market Learn-by-Example Firewall

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Computer Associates, a business software vendor will market a 'host-based' firewall that learns-by-example to provide better security of computers and computer networks, the company said. The firewall provides centrally managed computer security and simplifies deployment on Windows systems, the company said.

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