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Firewall warns dealers of physical security threat

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Specialist distributor, Firewall Systems, is warning resellers to start thinking of security as a managed service or risk losing market share to physical security providers. Firewall marketing director, Nick Verykios, said physical security players such as Chubb were already providing IP-based services, adding data to their stack as the markets continued to converge.

Firewalls' False Sense of Security

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The Internet front door to almost every bank and financial services company in the world is guarded by two sets of firewalls defining a DMZ. Nearly every e-commerce site sits in a similar DMZ in what has become the de facto standard in Web security architecture. According to Sun Microsystems, "In today's tumultuous times, having a sound firewall/DMZ environment is your first line of defense against external threats." But I would argue that guarding the perimeter is lulling organizations into a false sense of security that results in ignoring the implementation of other security mechanisms in their applications and databases.

Firewall Builder 2.0.6

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Firewall Builder consists of an object-oriented GUI and a set of policy compilers for various firewall platforms. In Firewall Builder, a firewall policy is a set of rules; each rule consists of abstract objects that represent real network objects and services (hosts, routers, firewalls, networks, protocols).

Linux kernel to include IPv6 firewall

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Version 2.6.12 of the Linux kernel is likely to include packet filtering that will work with IPv6, the latest version of the Internet Protocol. Netfilter/iptables, the firewall engine that is part of the Linux kernel, already allows stateless packet filtering for versions 4 and 6 of the Internet protocol, but only allows stateful packet filtering for IPv4. Stateful packet filtering is the more secure method, since it analyses whole streams of packets, rather than only checking the headers of individual packets -- as is done in stateless packet filtering.

SWsoft Unveils Virtuozzo 2.6.1 for Linux

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The latest version of the Virtuozzo server virtualization solution features several new enhancements, including a new Virtuozzo control center, automatic update utility, stateful firewall support and VPN support. The company also announced that Australian firm SMS Central has purchased Virtuozzo for installation in its data center.