The Firewall Fetish

    Date30 Jul 2001
    CategoryFirewalls
    4168
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Firewalls are the bestsellers of tech security, cheap, formulaic and popular. Like a good paperback, they offer a pleasant escape from reality. An entire generation of business executives has come of age trained on the notion that firewalls are the . . . Firewalls are the bestsellers of tech security, cheap, formulaic and popular. Like a good paperback, they offer a pleasant escape from reality. An entire generation of business executives has come of age trained on the notion that firewalls are the core of good tech security. They might even use the terms firewall and security to mean the same thing. Firewalls have been adapted to protect everything from $800 PCs to $2 billion partnerships. The unwritten rule is, the more firewalls, the safer.

    This conviction has led to a new trend in security, an architecture called, no kidding, the "firewall sandwich." It's simple, put load balancing switches on either side of internetworked firewalls. One company told me they have a customer who slapped two pieces of bread (the switches) around sixty firewalls.

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