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10 Top Firewall Providers for 2019

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Key Points to Consider When Purchasing a New Firewall

You’re either secure or you’re not, there is no middle ground when it comes to having proper network security.

This is why when it comes to mobility and wireless, security needs to be at the foundation of your wireless platform.

One of the most critical pieces of your security infrastructure is deploying the right firewall.

We’ve come along way since the days of traditional port-based firewall systems, and there a lot of solutions to choose from. To help you find the right firewall, here are key points to consider before you buy.

Visibility & Control Of Your Applications

Traditional port-based firewalls only provide you with limited control and visibility of the applications and end-users accessing your network.

Obviously, you don’t want everyone accessing applications like YouTube or Facebook, however, what about your marketing team, or teachers that are streaming a video for a specific lesson?

With the right firewall in place, you can apply policies to certain end-users, allowing access to those with jobs pertinent to the applications being used.

What about end-users like guests or if your company is a hospital, what about your patients?

Different end-users can have different polices applied that prohibit them from accessing certain applications.

Furthermore, next-gen firewalls can limit access to certain parts of applications. For instance a user might be able to use Facebook calling and messaging but not be able to post to their timeline or on a friends “wall.”

Protection and Prevention From Threats

Did you know your port-based firewall can’t “see” any of the applications or users gaining access to your network? This is a big issue today with data breaches, if the firewall can’t see the devices or applications being used- how will it protect your network and your end-users?

A next-gen firewall can see and control all of the applications and sensitive information on your wireless network. They can limit traffic and risks to your network by only allowing approved applications to be used.

You can even scan these approved applications to ensure there are no potential threats. As an added bonus, because applications have to be approved by the firewall, it can also reduce bandwidth consumption helping to improve your overall wifi performance.

Legitimate 1 Gigabit Throughput

Port-based firewalls often claim with each port you get 1 gigabit, however once all of the services are turned on like malware, you can cut that throughput by a third.

With next- generation firewalls 1 gigabit is as claimed, you get 1 gigabit of throughput with ALL of the services turned on.

It’s About Your Devices Not IP Addresses

Think of modern firewalls like telephone books. Instead of searching to find a user using an IP address, your next-gen firewall is capable of finding a device by user name.

This way you know exactly how many devices each of your employees are using to access the network, and if they cause a breach you can find the device and wipe it clean.

Remote Users

With the influx in employers allowing remote workers in every industry, employees need to be able to access your internal network and applications from any location.

Whether it’s from home, the library, a coworking space or even a Starbucks, they should be able to connect and complete their work.

The same rules and policies should be enforced by the firewall outside of the hospital, school grounds, warehouse, or university. This keeps traffic coming in and out of your internal server safe and threat free.

Streamlined Security Infrastructure

Buying more security components (appliances) hoping they fix your security needs isn’t always the answer, and often times ends up being costly and ineffective.

Adding more and more components means there’s more to manage and update, which can decrease your efficiency by creating a unnecessarily more complex system.

Next-gen firewalls already have the necessary security infrastructure components built-in, including:

  • Anti-virus protection
  • Spam filtering
  • Deep packet inspection
  • Application filtering

It’s a comprehensive security component that enables you to not have to worry about what other pieces you’ll need to add in order to make your network more secure.

Cost

Last but not least, cost is always a factor when it comes to choosing the right firewall. It’s important that you think about not only how much something costs but how it will fit into your budget.

Often times we fail to see the harm in not purchasing something, and waiting until something goes wrong. Well if something goes wrong, and data is leaked, it can end up costing you a lot more than just money.

Modern firewalls are more affordable than you might think, especially when compared to the cost of a major network security breach, or the decreased efficiency you’ll experience from having poor wifi performance due to an old or insufficient firewall.

We’ve found that with the correct firewall in place, they pay for themselves almost instantly.

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Firewall Providers

1. Fortinet

Fortinet

Fortinet

 

 

 

Maybe it’s the company’s independently certified and continuous threat intelligence updates. Perhaps its the ability to protect against malware attacks lurking in encrypted traffic. Whatever the reason, Fortinet remains a popular firewall solution. It stands alone atop Gartner’s list — by a wide margin, thanks to a stellar 4.5-star rating from users.

One reviewer, a network engineer, praised its ease of use and value. The IT pro writes: “Overall, we have been extremely satisfied ….” Another user, in the industrial automation space, highlights one feature in particular. “The dual-wan feature also gives you the ability to have load-balancing or failover for multiple WAN connections.”

A partnership with Symantec to integrate into the latter’s cloud-delivered network security service, Secure Web Gateways, will ensure continued utility and relevance for Fortinet throughout 2019.

2. Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks

 

 

 

 

Another highly regarded firewall provider found a new dance partner of its own in late 2018. Palo Alto

Networks announced its acquisition of RedLock, which leverages AI to connect seemingly disparate dots that provide a comprehensive picture of potential threats to an organization’s cloud environment. Already a Gartner superstar with a 4.5-star rating equal to Fortinet’s, adding this strength and capability to Palo Alto Networks’ offerings can only help.

A senior network engineer describes Palo Alto Networks’ firewall as consistently updated, stable, and robust, and a CIO credits it with making his team “much more productive and efficient.”

Palo Alto Networks features worth a look are the scanning engine it uses to prevent the transfer of unauthorized files and sensitive data, and its integration with enterprise directory services such as Active Directory, eDirectory, LDAP, and Citrix.

3. Cisco

Cisco

Cisco

 

 

 

One reviewer calls Cisco’s firewall solution “mature, solid, and easy to understand.” It’s great if you can find such characteristics in a person and even better if your firewall solution shares them. There’s a reason for Cisco’s “Customer Choice 2018” achievement from Gartner, after all. A network administrator using Cisco’s firewall claims it has “more functions than I can use” but is easy to maintain and manage.

In addition to manufacturing security solutions, Cisco has been making news lately. The good kind. “Three years ago, it was still like is Cisco serious or not?” one IT leader expressed. “Now you’ve got single sign-on Multi-Factor Authentication, Cloud Access Security Broker, all under Cisco Umbrella …. Those are all good moves. Even in the market, customer perception is tenfold better compared to three years ago.”

Considering Cisco? Then check out the automation capabilities of Cisco’s networking and security operations, as well as its next-generation IPS, advanced malware protection, and sandboxing features.

4. Check Point

 

 

 

Keeping pace with the multi-star user ratings of more prominent players in the firewall space, Check Point receives high marks and high praise. “The feature set of Check Point’s next gen firewalls keeps expanding to include new ways to address security concerns,” one reviewer shares, noting their “very positive experience” with the solution. Another reviewer cuts straight to the point when he calls it “the best firewall in the market.”

Check Point touts the industry’s broadest application coverage: more than 8,000 applications and 260,000 social network widgets. This allows companies to administer rules to features that people use daily, such as instant messaging, social networking, video streaming, and games.

One of Check Point’s stated goals is “superior protection across the entire security gateway.” Capabilities such as that help it reach such goals. Its recent moves to bolster integration with the Amazon Web Services Security Hub will also help.

5. SonicWall

 

 

 

Though smaller in market size to other firewall providers on this list, SonicWall still lays claim to protecting more than 1 million networks worldwide. It’s earned that business, in part because of features that defend against zero-day vulnerabilities, prevent the unauthorized takeover of virtual systems, and stop unauthorized access to protected data assets.

And doing all of that doesn’t require a team of IT pros beyond the initial installation. One reviewer writes, “Setup has a lot of features, so I suggest you get some help with someone that is familiar with SonicWall.” Another calls it “an extremely easy to use firewall” and adds, “The settings are easy to configure even though initial setup may be challenging for your specific environment.”

One thing to consider if you’re looking at SonicWall: while it is making inroads to virtual environments, it seems to be doing so at a pace that sets it behind others in the field.

 

10 Top Firewall Vendors

Reviews

Overall Rating

Fortinet

Fortinet

Fortinet

Cisco

Cisco

Cisco

Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks

Check Point Software Technologies

Check Point Software Technologies

Check Point Software Technologies

Sophos

Sophos

Sophos

SonicWall

SonicWall

SonicWall

4.4
Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks

WatchGuard

WatchGuard

WatchGuard

4.3
Barracuda

Barracuda

Barracuda

4.6
Forcepoint

Forcepoint

Forcepoint

4.6

 

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11 TOP Firewall Features for your Business

A firewall should be part of your overall cyber security mitigation strategy. You’re not a big bank or Apple, so your business is safe from hackers. Right? Unfortunately not. Many hackers actually target smaller to medium organizations because they know SMEs are less likely to invest in cyber security.

So how can you protect your business and client information from falling into the wrong hands? A firewall can help form part of your overall strategy.

What is a firewall?

A firewall is a network security system that controls incoming and outgoing traffic on a computer or business network. This control is based on a set of policies or rules. These policies or rules are configured on the firewall or via the firewall management console.

A firewall basically helps protect the devices, applications and data that sit behind it on the internal network. This can be at your office or between offices or even services you have sitting at your hosting provider or cloud provider.

Installing a firewall on your network or in front of your cloud services means you are helping protect your users and data on the network from nasty attacks and vulnerabilities from the internet.

11 TOP Firewall Features for your Business

1. Bandwidth control and monitoring

Bandwidth control or sometimes it can be referred to as traffic shaping is one of the best. We don’t always have unlimited amounts of bandwidth so it’s vital to take control of the bandwidth available. With a firewall you can control bandwidth available for sites, applications and users.

You may want to give your graphics department more overall bandwidth. Or you might want to stop cloud based file synchronization services from hammering your bandwidth. Things line OneDrive, DropBox and Google Drive can cause serious issues.

With bandwidth control on your firewall you can allocate a set amount of dedicated bandwidth for your VoIP phone system. You can even allow other cloud based services like Skype for Business or Hangouts to have priority. This will help stop the dreaded jitter that makes any phone or video call painful.

You can control when backups for example happen between sites so that those backups aren’t causing problems during business hours. You can allow backups to have a large chunk of the connection out of hours.

You could enforce backup traffic to travel over cheaper links. And more important traffic can be set to go over your higher quality links when quality really matters.

2. Web filtering

Most firewalls allow you to block access to websites. This can be done on a case by case basis or your firewall can include a subscription that helps you choose categories you don’t want people to have access to. Such as illegal activities, downloading illegal content, gambling and many many more.

The firewall vendor will continuously update their lists for you as those types of websites will always be updating their IP addresses and domain names. Vendors like Cisco and Fortigate take the hassle out of this for you with their automatic updated lists.

3. Logging

Having access to logs on a firewall gives you up to the minute information about what is happening on your network. Good firewalls give graphs in real time and they also show you what vulnerabilities or attack are happening in real time.

4. Internet aggregation and SD WAN

Link aggregation and SD WAN is a great feature for businesses who need multiple links to the internet. Or where you are using multiple links and you would like to connect to other sites such as branch offices or cloud services.

The ability to use multiple links allows you to have redundancy or even use multiple cheap links with different providers to meet your bandwidth requirements.

 

5. Sandboxing

Sandboxing takes a file or executable as your are downloading and opens it in a completely isolated and separate environment. This environment replicates the end user environment away from your production environment without putting your users at risk. A sandbox then opens it, runs it scans it and looks for malware or activity that is suspicious.

If the files or link looks ok it will pass it on to the end user. Sandboxing is one of those things that the end users have no idea is there but it is another layer protecting them from a cyber attack.

 

6. Integrated wireless controller

Using a firewall with an integrated wireless controller is a fantastic way to save money and bring all of your policies and control into one place or platform.

You can easily setup different SSIDs, policies and take full control over your environment. Depending on the model of firewall you choose will depend on how many wireless access points you can use. Low entry level models will allow 2-10 access points and larger high end models will allow hundreds.

You can even setup all of your sites using the same policies so your users can roam between sites without any need to connect or enter in passwords at each site.

 

7. Deep Packet Inspection

Deep packet inspection is a great feature we just can’t live without anymore. This technology allows the firewall to really take a close look at the packet that is being passed though.

It can look for hidden viruses, and malicious activity that is hidden within the packet. The firewall can then decide what to do with the packet. It can block the sender or drop the packet.

The really great thing is if the firewall determines it’s a new source threat it will sent a note back to the vendor that will then be reviewed and update other firewalls around the world helping other networks keep safe.

 

8. Virtual Private Networks

Virtual private networks (VPN) are great for users connecting back to a site or the office. VPNs can also be used to connect two sites together.

You want to make sure that device if it’s another network/firewall or if it’s an end user computer that it is secure and safe. With a VPN you can allow users to access applications and data securely from remote locations. And best of all you aren’t opening up public facing ports or applications.

 

9. Malware and virus filtering

Next generation firewalls are always filtering for malware new and old. Viruses, compromised websites, files containing viruses, bot nets trying to hack you, man in the middle attacks you name it! They can even scan encrypted traffic such as SSL and TLS connections to make sure they are safe and trusted.

 

10. Intrusion prevention system

Intrusion prevention systems (IPS) is the latest advancements from intrusion detection systems (IDS).

Intrusion prevention goes one better by monitoring the network traffic using policies. It looks for suspicious activity. If it detects suspicious activity on a network it will block the traffic and then provide a report.

 

11. Identity management integration and single sign on

One of the greatest features is that firewalls allow you to integrate with single sign on platforms either directly or via a radius server. If you have an environment where cyber security is paramount and you are controlling your users by department or function or even site then integrating their access into group management and single sign on cuts down the administrative overhead.

A firewall can never guarantee the safety of your data, it does provide a greater chance of keeping it safe. If you can’t afford to lose your data, or suffer a breach of confidential data, then a firewall will help form part of your overall cyber security mitigation strategy.

Linux Firewall

IPTABLES: The Default Linux Firewall

iptables

iptables

What is iptables?

iptables is the userspace command line program used to configure the Linux 2.4.x and later packet filtering ruleset. It is targeted towards system administrators.

Since Network Address Translation is also configured from the packet filter ruleset, iptables is used for this, too.

The iptables package also includes ip6tables. ip6tables is used for configuring the IPv6 packet filter.

iptables requires a kernel that features the ip_tables packet filter. This includes all 2.4.x and later kernel releases.

Main Features

  • listing the contents of the packet filter ruleset
  • adding/removing/modifying rules in the packet filter ruleset
  • listing/zeroing per-rule counters of the packet filter ruleset

iptables

iptables is a built-in firewall in Linux. It is a user based application for configuring the tables provided by the Linux kernel firewall. iptables is the default firewall installed with Red Hat, CentOS, Fedora Linux, etc. Different modules and programs are used for different protocols such as iptables for IPv4, ip6tables for IPv6 and so on. It uses the concept of IP addresses, protocols (tcp, udp, icmp, etc) and ports.
iptables is a command line firewall that uses the concept of chains to handle the network traffic. It places the rules into chains, i.e., INPUT, OUTPUT and FORWARD, which are checked against the network traffic. Decisions are made as to what to do with the packets based on these rules, i.e., whether the packet should be accepted or dropped. These actions are referred to as targets. DROP and ACCEPT are commonly used predefined targets used for dropping and accepting the packets, respectively.
The three predefined chains in the filter table to which rules are added for processing IP packets are:
INPUT: These are packets destined for the host computer.
OUTPUT: These are packets originating from the
host computer.
FORWARD: These packets are neither destined for nor originate from the host computer, but pass through (routed by) the host computer. This chain is used if you are using your computer as a router.
iptable architecture comprises groups of network packets, processing rules into tables and chains for processing the rules. Rules consist of matches to determine which packet the rule will apply to and the targets. They operate at the OSI layer, i.e., the network layer.

To verify the status of iptables, execute the following command:

service iptables status

To start and stop the iptables service, use the following command:

service iptables start / stop

To open the iptables file, execute the following command is:

gedit /etc/sysconfig/iptables

Syntax for executing iptable command:

iptables -A chain firewall-rule

To restart iptables use the following command:

service iptables restart

To add rules to the existing iptables to allow ssh, use the following command:

iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT

You can verify modified set of rules by seeing /etc/sysconfig/iptables file

A few examples to make you comfortable with iptables
1. To allow HTTP traffic, use the following command:

iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -m state --state NEW -m tcp --dport 80 -j ACCEPT

2. To allow HTTPS traffic, use the following command:

iptables -A INPUT -s 9.9.9.9 -p tcp -m state --state NEW -m tcp --dport 443 -j ACCEPT

3. To allow SSH traffic, use the following command:

iptables -A INPUT -i eth0 -p tcp --dport 22 -m state --state NEW,ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT
iptables -A OUTPUT -o eth0 -p tcp --sport 22 -m state --state ESTABLISHED -j ACCEPT

4. To allow SNMP traffic, use the following command:

iptables -A INPUT -p udp -m state --state NEW -m udp --dport 161 -j ACCEPT

5. To change the default chain policies, use these commands:

iptables -P INPUT DROP
iptables -P FORWARD DROP
iptables -P OUTPUT DROP

6. To block 9.9.9.9, use:

iptables -A INPUT –s 9.9.9.9 -j DROP

7. To allow a ping from outside to inside/inside to outside, type:

iptables -A INPUT -p icmp --icmp-type echo-request -j ACCEPT
iptables -A OUTPUT -p icmp --icmp-type echo-reply -j ACCEPT
iptables -A OUTPUT -p icmp --icmp-type echo-request -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p icmp --icmp-type echo-reply -j ACCEPT

Use Linux iptables to Manage IPv4 Traffic

The iptables Command

Many options can be used with the iptables command. As stated above, iptables sets the rules that control network traffic. You can define different tables to handle these rules through chains, lists of rules that match a subset of packets. The table contains a variety of built-in chains, but you can add your own.

Basic iptables Parameters and Syntax

Before we begin creating rules, let’s review the syntax of an iptables rule.

For example, the following command adds a rule to the beginning of the chain that will drop all packets from the address 198.51.100.0:

iptables -I INPUT -s 198.51.100.0 -j DROP

The sample command above:

  1. Calls the iptables program
  2. Uses the -I option for insertion. Using a rule with the insertion option will add it to the beginning of a chain and will be applied first. To indicate a specific placement in the chain, you may also use a number with the -I option.
  3. The -s parameter, along with the IP address (198.51.100.0), indicates the source.
  4. Finally, the -j parameter stands for jump. It specifies the target of the rule and what action will be performed if the packet is a match.
ParameterDescription
-p, --protocolThe protocol, such as TCP, UDP, etc.
-s, --sourceCan be an address, network name, hostname, etc.
-d, --destinationAn address, hostname, network name, etc.
-j, --jumpSpecifies the target of the rule; i.e. what to do if the packet matches.
-g, --goto chainSpecifies that the processing will continue in a user-specified chain.
-i, --in-interfaceNames the interface from where packets are received.
-o, --out-interfaceName of the interface by which a packet is being sent.
-f, --fragmentThe rule will only be applied to the second and subsequent fragments of fragmented packets.
-c, --set-countersEnables the admin to initialize the packet and byte counters of a rule.

Default Tables

Tables are made up of built-in chains and may also contain user-defined chains. The built-in tables will depend on the kernel configuration and the installed modules.

The default tables are as follows:

  • Filter – This is the default table. Its built-in chains are:
    • Input: packets going to local sockets
    • Forward: packets routed through the server
    • Output: locally generated packets
  • Nat – When a packet creates a new connection, this table is used. Its built-in chains are:
    • Prerouting: designating packets when they come in
    • Output: locally generated packets before routing takes place
    • Postrouting: altering packets on the way out
  • Mangle – Used for special altering of packets. Its chains are:
    • Prerouting: incoming packets
    • Postrouting: outgoing packets
    • Output: locally generated packets that are being altered
    • Input: packets coming directly into the server
    • Forward: packets being routed through the server
  • Raw – Primarily used for configuring exemptions from connection tracking. The built-in chains are:
    • Prerouting: packets that arrive by the network interface
    • Output: processes that are locally generated
  • Security – Used for Mandatory Access Control (MAC) rules. After the filter table, the security table is accessed next. The built-in chains are:
    • Input: packets entering the server
    • Output: locally generated packets
    • Forward: packets passing through the server

Basic iptables Options

There are many options that may be used with the iptables command:

OptionDescription
-A --appendAdd one or more rules to the end of the selected chain.
-C --checkCheck for a rule matching the specifications in the selected chain.
-D --deleteDelete one or more rules from the selected chain.
-F --flushDelete all the rules one-by-one.
-I --insertInsert one or more rules into the selected chain as the given rule number.
-L --listDisplay the rules in the selected chain.
-n --numericDisplay the IP address or hostname and post number in numeric format.
-N --new-chain <name>Create a new user-defined chain.
-v --verboseProvide more information when used with the list option.
-X --delete-chain <name>Delete the user-defined chain.

Insert, Replace or Delete iptables Rules

iptables rules are enforced top down, so the first rule in the ruleset is applied to traffic in the chain, then the second, third and so on. This means that rules cannot necessarily be added to a ruleset with iptables -A or ip6tables -A. Instead, rules must be inserted with iptables -I or ip6tables -I.

Insert

Inserted rules need to be placed in the correct order with respect to other rules in the chain. To get a numerical list of your iptables rules:

sudo iptables -L -nv --line-numbers

For example, let’s say you want to insert a rule into the basic ruleset provided in this guide, that will accept incoming connections to port 8080 over the TCP protocol. We’ll add it as rule 7 to the INPUT chain, following the web traffic rules:

sudo iptables -I INPUT 7 -p tcp --dport 8080 -m state --state NEW -j ACCEPT

If you now run sudo iptables -L -nv again, you’ll see the new rule in the output.

Replace

Replacing a rule is similar to inserting, but instead uses iptables -R. For example, let’s say you want to reduce the logging of denied entries to only 3 per minute, down from 5 in the original ruleset. The LOG rule is ninth in the INPUT chain:

sudo iptables -R INPUT 9 -m limit --limit 3/min -j LOG --log-prefix "iptables_INPUT_denied: " --log-level 7

Delete

Deleting a rule is also done using the rule number. For example, to delete the rule we just inserted for port 8080:

sudo iptables -D INPUT 7

Caution

Editing rules does not automatically save them. See our section on deploying rulesets for the specific instructions for your distribution.

View Your Current iptables Rules

IPv4:

sudo iptables -L -nv

IPv6:

sudo ip6tables -L -nv

On most distributions, iptables has no default rules for either IPv4 and IPv6. As a result, on a newly created Linode you will likely see what is shown below – three empty chains without any firewall rules. This means that all incoming, forwarded and outgoing traffic is allowed. It’s important to limit inbound and forwarded traffic to only what’s necessary.

Chain INPUT (policy ACCEPT 0 packets, 0 bytes)
 pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination

Chain FORWARD (policy ACCEPT 0 packets, 0 bytes)
 pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination

Chain OUTPUT (policy ACCEPT 0 packets, 0 bytes)
 pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination

Configure iptables

iptables can be configured and used in a variety of ways. The following sections will outline how to configure rules by port and IP, as well as how to blacklist (block) or whitelist (allow) addresses.

Block Traffic by Port

You may use a port to block all traffic coming in on a specific interface. For example:

iptables -A INPUT -j DROP -p tcp --destination-port 110 -i eth0

Let’s examine what each part of this command does:

  • -A will add or append the rule to the end of the chain.
  • INPUT will add the rule to the table.
  • DROP means the packets are discarded.
  • -p tcp means the rule will only drop TCP packets.
  • --destination-port 110 filters packets targeted to port 110.
  • -i eth0 means this rule will impact only packets arriving on the eth0 interface.

It is important to understand that iptables do not recognize aliases on the network interface. Therefore, if you have several virtual IP interfaces, you will have to specify the destination address to filter the traffic. A sample command is provided below:

iptables -A INPUT -j DROP -p tcp --destination-port 110 -i eth0 -d 198.51.100.0

You may also use -D or --delete to remove rules. For example, these commands are equivalent:

iptables --delete INPUT -j DROP -p tcp --destination-port 110 -i eth0 -d 198.51.100.0
iptables -D INPUT -j DROP -p tcp --destination-port 110 -i eth0 -d 198.51.100.0

Drop Traffic from an IP

In order to drop all incoming traffic from a specific IP address, use the iptables command with the following options:

iptables -I INPUT -s 198.51.100.0 -j DROP

To remove these rules, use the --delete or -D option:

iptables --delete INPUT -s 198.51.100.0 -j DROP
iptables -D INPUT -s 198.51.100.0 -j DROP

Block or Allow Traffic by Port Number to Create an iptables Firewall

One way to create a firewall is to block all traffic to the system and then allow traffic on certain ports. Below is a sample sequence of commands to illustrate the process:

iptables -A INPUT -m state --state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -i lo -m comment --comment "Allow loopback connections" -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p icmp -m comment --comment "Allow Ping to work as expected" -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p tcp -m multiport --destination-ports 22,25,53,80,443,465,5222,5269,5280,8999:9003 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p udp -m multiport --destination-ports 53 -j ACCEPT
iptables -P INPUT DROP
iptables -P FORWARD DROP

Let’s break down the example above. The first two commands add or append rules to the INPUT chain in order to allow access on specific ports. The -p tcp and -p udp options specify either UDP or TCP packet types. The -m multiport function matches packets on the basis of their source or destination ports, and can accept the specification of up to 15 ports. Multiport also accepts ranges such as 8999:9003 which counts as 2 of the 15 possible ports, but matches ports 8999, 9000, 9001, 9002, and 9003. The next command allows all incoming and outgoing packets that are associated with existing connections so that they will not be inadvertently blocked by the firewall. The final two commands use the -P option to describe the default policy for these chains. As a result, all packets processed by INPUT and FORWARD will be dropped by default.

Note that the rules described above only control incoming packets, and do not limit outgoing connections.

Whitelist/Blacklist Traffic by Address

You can use iptables to block all traffic and then only allow traffic from certain IP addresses. These firewall rules limit access to specific resources at the network layer. Below is an example sequence of commands:

iptables -A INPUT -m state --state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -i lo -m comment --comment "Allow loopback connections" -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -p icmp -m comment --comment "Allow Ping to work as expected" -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -s 192.168.1.0/24 -j ACCEPT
iptables -A INPUT -s 198.51.100.0 -j ACCEPT
iptables -P INPUT DROP
iptables -P FORWARD DROP

In the first command, the -s 192.168.1.0/24 statement specifies that all source IPs (-s) in the address space of 192.168.1 are allowed. You may specify an IP address range using CIDR (Classless Inter-Domain Routing) notation, or individual IP addresses, as in the second command. The third command allows all incoming and outgoing packets that are associated with existing connections. The final two commands set the default policy for all INPUT and FORWARD chains to drop all packets.

Use ip6tables to Manage IPv6 Traffic

When you’re working with IPv6, remember that the iptables command is not compatible. Instead, there is an ip6tables command. The options such as append, check, etc. are the same. The tables used by ip6tables are raw, security, mangle and filter. The parameters such as protocol, source, etc. are the same. The syntax is essentially the same as IPv4. Sample syntax is below:

ip6tables [-t table] -N chain

To view what rules are configured for IPv6, use the command:

ip6tables -L

Configure Rules for IPv6

ip6tables works by using ports, specific addresses for blacklisting, protocols and so forth. The primary difference is that ip6tables can use extended packet matching modules with the -m or match options, followed by the module name. Below are some of the extended modules:

  • addrtype – Matches packets based on their address type. Some of the address types are:
    • Local
    • Unicast
    • Broadcast
    • Multicast
  • ah – Matches the parameters in the authentication header of IPsec packets.
  • cluster – You can deploy gateway and backend load-sharing clusters without a load balancer.
  • comment – Allows you to add a comment to any rule.
  • connbytes – Matches by how many bytes or packets a connection has transferred, or average bytes per packet.

This is not intended to be a complete or comprehensive list. You may review the full list of extended modules by using the man page:

man ip6tables

Below is a sample rule used in ip6tables:

# limit the number of parallel HTTP requests to 16 for the link local network
ip6tables -A INPUT -p tcp --syn --dport 80 -s fe80::/64 -m connlimit --connlimit-above 16 --connlimit-mask 64 -j REJECT
ip6tables -A INPUT -p tcp -m tcp --dport 22 -j ACCEPT

This rule breaks down as follows:

  • The first line is a comment.
  • -A is for append.
  • INPUT is to add the rule to the table.
  • -p is for protocol, which is TCP.
  • --syn only matches TCP packets with the SYN bit set and the ACK, RST, and FIN bits cleared.
  • --dport is the destination port, which is 80.
  • -s is the source, which is the local address range fe80::/64.
  • -m is for match.
  • connlimit is the extended packet module name, which is connection limit.
  • --connlimit-above 16 means if the number of connections exceeds 16, only the first 16 will be used.
  • --connlimit-mask 64 means the group hosts are using a prefix length of 64.
  • -j is for jump, it tells the target of the rule what to do if the packet is a match.
  • REJECT means the packet is dropped.

Required Rules for Non-Static IPv6 Allocations

# Below are the rules which are required for your IPv6 address to be properly allocated
ip6tables -A INPUT -p icmpv6 --icmpv6-type router-advertisement -m hl --hl-eq 255 -j ACCEPT
ip6tables -A INPUT -p icmpv6 --icmpv6-type neighbor-solicitation -m hl --hl-eq 255 -j ACCEPT
ip6tables -A INPUT -p icmpv6 --icmpv6-type neighbor-advertisement -m hl --hl-eq 255 -j ACCEPT
ip6tables -A INPUT -p icmpv6 --icmpv6-type redirect -m hl --hl-eq 255 -j ACCEPT

Basic iptables Rulesets for IPv4 and IPv6

Appropriate firewall rules depend on the services being run. Below are iptables rulesets to secure your Linode if you’re running a web server.

Caution

These rules are given only as an example. A real production web server may require more or less configuration, and these rules would not be appropriate for a database, Minecraft or VPN server. Iptables rules can always be modified or reset later, but these basic rulesets serve as a demonstration.

IPv4

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# Allow all loopback (lo0) traffic and reject traffic
# to localhost that does not originate from lo0.
-A INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT ! -i lo -s 127.0.0.0/8 -j REJECT

# Allow ping.
-A INPUT -p icmp -m state --state NEW --icmp-type 8 -j ACCEPT

# Allow SSH connections.
-A INPUT -p tcp --dport 22 -m state --state NEW -j ACCEPT

# Allow HTTP and HTTPS connections from anywhere
# (the normal ports for web servers).
-A INPUT -p tcp --dport 80 -m state --state NEW -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -p tcp --dport 443 -m state --state NEW -j ACCEPT

# Allow inbound traffic from established connections.
# This includes ICMP error returns.
-A INPUT -m state --state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT

# Log what was incoming but denied (optional but useful).
-A INPUT -m limit --limit 5/min -j LOG --log-prefix "iptables_INPUT_denied: " --log-level 7

# Reject all other inbound.
-A INPUT -j REJECT

# Log any traffic that was sent to you
# for forwarding (optional but useful).
-A FORWARD -m limit --limit 5/min -j LOG --log-prefix "iptables_FORWARD_denied: " --log-level 7

# Reject all traffic forwarding.
-A FORWARD -j REJECT

COMMIT

Optional: If you plan to use Longview or Linux’s NodeBalancers, add the respective rule after the section for allowing HTTP and HTTPS connections:

# Allow incoming Longview connections from longview.linode.com
-A INPUT -s 96.126.119.66 -m state --state NEW -j ACCEPT

# Allow incoming NodeBalancer connections
-A INPUT -s 192.168.255.0/24 -m state --state NEW -j ACCEPT

IPv6

If you would like to supplement your web server’s IPv4 rules with IPv6 as well, this ruleset will allow HTTP/S access and all ICMP functions.

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# Allow all loopback (lo0) traffic and reject traffic
# to localhost that does not originate from lo0.
-A INPUT -i lo -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT ! -i lo -s ::1/128 -j REJECT

# Allow ICMP
-A INPUT -p icmpv6 -j ACCEPT

# Allow HTTP and HTTPS connections from anywhere
# (the normal ports for web servers).
-A INPUT -p tcp --dport 80 -m state --state NEW -j ACCEPT
-A INPUT -p tcp --dport 443 -m state --state NEW -j ACCEPT

# Allow inbound traffic from established connections.
-A INPUT -m state --state ESTABLISHED,RELATED -j ACCEPT

# Log what was incoming but denied (optional but useful).
-A INPUT -m limit --limit 5/min -j LOG --log-prefix "ip6tables_INPUT_denied: " --log-level 7

# Reject all other inbound.
-A INPUT -j REJECT

# Log any traffic that was sent to you
# for forwarding (optional but useful).
-A FORWARD -m limit --limit 5/min -j LOG --log-prefix "ip6tables_FORWARD_denied: " --log-level 7

# Reject all traffic forwarding.
-A FORWARD -j REJECT

COMMIT

Note

APT attempts to resolve mirror domains to IPv6 as a result of apt-get update. If you choose to entirely disable and deny IPv6, this will slow down the update process for Debian and Ubuntu because APT waits for each resolution to time out before moving on.

To remedy this, uncomment the line precedence ::ffff:0:0/96 100 in /etc/gai.conf.

Deploy Your iptables Rulesets

The process for deploying iptables rulesets varies depending on which Linux distribution you’re using:

Debian / Ubuntu

UFW is the iptables controller included with Ubuntu, but it is also available in Debian’s repositories. If you prefer to use UFW instead of iptables, see our guide: How to Configure a Firewall with UFW.

  1. Create the files /tmp/v4 and /tmp/v6. Paste the above rulesets into their respective files.
  2. Import the rulesets into immediate use:
    sudo iptables-restore < /tmp/v4
    sudo ip6tables-restore < /tmp/v6
    
  3. To apply your iptables rules automatically on boot, see our section on configuring iptables-persistent.

CentOS / Fedora

CentOS 7 or Fedora 20 and above

In these distros, FirewallD is used to implement firewall rules instead of using the iptables command. If you prefer to use it over iptables, see our guide: Introduction to FirewallD on CentOS.

  1. If you prefer to use iptables, FirewallD must first be stopped and disabled.
    sudo systemctl stop firewalld.service && sudo systemctl disable firewalld.service
    
  2. Install iptables-services and enable iptables and ip6tables:
    sudo yum install iptables-services
    sudo systemctl enable iptables && sudo systemctl enable ip6tables
    sudo systemctl start iptables && sudo systemctl start ip6tables
    
  3. Create the files /tmp/v4 and /tmp/v6. Paste the rulesets above into their respective files.
  4. Import the rulesets into immediate use:
    sudo iptables-restore < /tmp/v4
    sudo ip6tables-restore < /tmp/v6
    
  5. Save each ruleset:
    sudo service iptables save
    sudo service ip6tables save
    
  6. Remove the temporary rule files:
    sudo rm /tmp/{v4,v6}
    

CentOS 6

  1. Create the files /tmp/v4 and /tmp/v6. Paste the rulesets above into their respective files.
  2. Import the rules from the temporary files:
    sudo iptables-restore < /tmp/v4
    sudo ip6tables-restore < /tmp/v6
    
  3. Save the rules:
    sudo service iptables save
    sudo service ip6tables save
    

    Note

    Firewall rules are saved to /etc/sysconfig/iptables and /etc/sysconfig/ip6tables.
  4. Remove the temporary rule files:
    sudo rm /tmp/{v4,v6}
    

Arch Linux

  1. Create the files /etc/iptables/iptables.rules and /etc/iptables/ip6tables.rules. Paste the rulesets above into their respective files.
  2. Import the rulesets into immediate use:
    sudo iptables-restore < /etc/iptables/iptables.rules
    sudo ip6tables-restore < /etc/iptables/ip6tables.rules
    
  3. iptables does not run by default in Arch. Enable and start the systemd units:
    sudo systemctl start iptables && sudo systemctl start ip6tables
    sudo systemctl enable iptables && sudo systemctl enable ip6tables
    

    For more info on using iptables in Arch, see its Wiki entries for iptables and a simple stateful firewall.

Verify iptables Rulesets

Check your Linode’s firewall rules with the v option for a verbose output:

sudo iptables -vL
sudo ip6tables -vL

The output for IPv4 rules should show:

Chain INPUT (policy ACCEPT 0 packets, 0 bytes)
 pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination
    0     0 ACCEPT     all  --  lo     any     anywhere             anywhere
    0     0 REJECT     all  --  !lo    any     loopback/8           anywhere             reject-with icmp-port-unreachable
    0     0 ACCEPT     icmp --  any    any     anywhere             anywhere             icmp destination-unreachable
    0     0 ACCEPT     icmp --  any    any     anywhere             anywhere             icmp echo-request
    0     0 ACCEPT     icmp --  any    any     anywhere             anywhere             icmp time-exceeded
    0     0 ACCEPT     tcp  --  any    any     anywhere             anywhere             tcp dpt:ssh state NEW
    0     0 ACCEPT     tcp  --  any    any     anywhere             anywhere             tcp dpt:http state NEW
    0     0 ACCEPT     tcp  --  any    any     anywhere             anywhere             tcp dpt:https state NEW
    0     0 ACCEPT     all  --  any    any     anywhere             anywhere             state RELATED,ESTABLISHED
    0     0 LOG        all  --  any    any     anywhere             anywhere             limit: avg 5/min burst 5 LOG level debug prefix "iptables_INPUT_denied: "
    0     0 REJECT     all  --  any    any     anywhere             anywhere             reject-with icmp-port-unreachable

Chain FORWARD (policy ACCEPT 0 packets, 0 bytes)
 pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination
    0     0 LOG        all  --  any    any     anywhere             anywhere             limit: avg 5/min burst 5 LOG level debug prefix "iptables_FORWARD_denied: "
    0     0 REJECT     all  --  any    any     anywhere             anywhere             reject-with icmp-port-unreachable

Chain OUTPUT (policy ACCEPT 0 packets, 0 bytes)
 pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination

Output for IPv6 rules will look like this:

Chain INPUT (policy ACCEPT 0 packets, 0 bytes)
 pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination
    0     0 ACCEPT     all      lo     any     anywhere             anywhere
    0     0 REJECT     all      !lo    any     localhost            anywhere             reject-with icmp6-port-unreachable
    0     0 ACCEPT     ipv6-icmp    any    any     anywhere             anywhere
    0     0 ACCEPT     tcp      any    any     anywhere             anywhere             tcp dpt:http state NEW
    0     0 ACCEPT     tcp      any    any     anywhere             anywhere             tcp dpt:https state NEW
    0     0 ACCEPT     all      any    any     anywhere             anywhere             state RELATED,ESTABLISHED
    0     0 LOG        all      any    any     anywhere             anywhere             limit: avg 5/min burst 5 LOG level debug prefix "ip6tables_INPUT_denied: "
    0     0 REJECT     all      any    any     anywhere             anywhere             reject-with icmp6-port-unreachable

Chain FORWARD (policy ACCEPT 0 packets, 0 bytes)
 pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination
    0     0 LOG        all      any    any     anywhere             anywhere             limit: avg 5/min burst 5 LOG level debug prefix "ip6tables_FORWARD_denied: "
    0     0 REJECT     all      any    any     anywhere             anywhere             reject-with icmp6-port-unreachable

Chain OUTPUT (policy ACCEPT 0 packets, 0 bytes)
 pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination

Your firewall rules are now in place and protecting your Linode. Remember, you may need to edit these rules later if you install other packages that require network access.

Introduction to iptables-persistent

Ubuntu and Debian have a package called iptables-persistent that makes it easy to reapply your firewall rules at boot time. After installation, you can save all your rules in two files (one for IPv4 and one for IPv6). If you’ve already configured and applied iptables rules, iptables-persistent will detect them automatically and allow you to add them to the appropriate configuration file.

Install iptables-persistent

On Debian or Ubuntu use the following command to check whether iptables-persistent is already installed:

dpkg -l iptables-persistent

If dpkg returns that there are no matching packages, you will need to install the iptables-persistent package:

apt-get install iptables-persistent

During the installation, you will be prompted twice. The first prompt is asking if you would like to save your current IPv4 rules.

 

The second prompt is to save the rules configured for IPv6.

 

After the install is complete, you should see the iptables’s subdirectory. Run the ls /etc/iptables command again to verify that your output resembles the following:

rules.v4  rules.v6

Use iptables-persistent

To view what rules are already configured on your server:

iptables -L

You should see output similar to:

Chain INPUT (policy ACCEPT)
target      prot opt source         destination
DROP        all  --  198.51.100.0    anywhere

Chain FORWARD (policy ACCEPT)
target      prot opt source         destination

CHAIN OUTPUT (policy ACCEPT)
target      prot opt source         destination

The rules above allow anyone anywhere access to everything. If your output resembles this, you’ll need to set rules that prevent unauthorized access.

iptables-persistent Rules

Use the rules.v4 or rules.v6 files to add, delete or edit the rules for your server. These files can be edited using a text editor to function as a proxy, NAT or firewall. The configuration depends on the requirements of your server and what functions are needed. Below is a file excerpt from both the rules.v4 and rules.v6 files:

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:INPUT ACCEPT [18483:1240117]
:FORWARD ACCEPT [0:0]
:OUTPUT ACCEPT [17288:2887358]
COMMIT
/etc/iptables/rules.v6
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# Generated by ip6tables-save v1.4.14 on Wed Apr  2 13:24:27 2014
*nat
:PREROUTING ACCEPT [0:0]
:INPUT ACCEPT [0:0]
:OUTPUT ACCEPT [27:2576]
:POSTROUTING ACCEPT [27:2576]
COMMIT

While some rules are configured in these files already, either file can be edited at any time. The syntax for altering table rules is the same as in the sections Configure iptables and Configuring Rules for IPv6.

Save iptables-persistent Rules Through Reboot

By default, iptables-persistent rules save on reboot for IPv4 only. Therefore, if you are running both IPv4 and IPv6 together you will need to manually edit both the rules.v4 and rules.v6 files. On older systems, iptables-save was used to write the changes to the rules file. Now that iptables-persistent is an option, do not use the iptables-save > /etc/iptables/rules.v4 or iptables-save > /etc/iptables/rules.v6 commands as any IPv6 changes will be overwritten by the IPv4 rules.

To enforce the iptables rules and ensure that they persist after reboot run dpkg-reconfigure and respond Yes when prompted. (If you ever edit your saved rules in the future, use this same command to save them again.)

dpkg-reconfigure iptables-persistent

To verify the rules are applied and available after the system reboot use the commands:

iptables -L
ip6tables -L

Network Lock-out

When you’re applying network rules, especially with both IPv4 and IPv6 and multiple interfaces, it is easy to lock yourself out. In the event you apply the rule and are unable to access your server, you may gain access through Lish in the Linode Manager. The following steps will guide you through using the graphical interface of your Linode to gain access to your server:

  1. Connect to your Linode Manager.
  2. Click on the Remote Access tab.
  3. Under the section entitled “Console Access,” click on the Launch Lish Console link.
  4. Login with your root or sudo user name and password.
  5. Remove any rules causing the connectivity issues.
  6. Log out of the Lish window.
  7. Attempt login via a regular SSH session.

This Lish console will function similarly to a regular SSH terminal session.

Troubleshooting: netfilter-persistent doesn’t come back up on reboot.

If you have upgraded to Debian 8 from an earlier version, you may see a situation where netfilter-persistent fails to start during boot when using the Linode kernel. The console output will show similar to:

[FAILED] Failed to start Load Kernel Modules.
See 'systemctl status systemd-modules-load.service' for details.
[DEPEND] Dependency failed for netfilter persistent configuration

You can also use journalctl -xn to see that systemd can not load the loop module:

systemd-modules-load[3452]: Failed to lookup alias 'loop': Function not implemented

To fix this, comment out the line loop in /etc/modules:

sed -i 's/loop/#loop/g' /etc/modules

Then restart netfilter-persistent:

systemctl restart netfilter-persistent

It should then be running fine. Confirm with:

systemctl status netfilter-persistent

This issue does not occur in new deployments of Debian 8 because the loop line isn’t present in /etc/modules.

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List of Top Firewall Companies in India

The best enterprise level firewall Companies in India

So many firewalls and, of course, each one is ‘the best’ one, so how do you choose? Please see below Gartner report with features reviews from hundreds of network security pros who have actually used the products in real-world situations.

Firewall Overview

Firewalls are filters that stand between a computer or computer network and the Internet. Each firewall can be programmed to keep specific traffic in or out. All messages passing through the firewall are examined and those not meeting pre-defined security criteria are blocked.

For example, on the outbound side, firewalls can be configured to prevent employees from transmitting sensitive data outside the network, while on the inbound side, firewalls can be configured to prevent access to certain kinds of websites like social media sites.

Firewall Features & Capabilities

  • Application visibility and control
  • Identify and control evasive app threats
  • Intrusion Prevention integration
  • Physical and virtual environment support
  • Integration with LDAP and Active Directory
  • “Sandbox,” or isolated, cloud-based threat emulation
Firewall Firm, a Top Firewall Provider Companies in India, Firewall vendors are beginning to bundle firewall offerings with other security or privacy features, although this is not a universal practice. The most common example is support for Virtual Private Networks (VPN), and load-management is often featured as well.

Firewall methods

Firewalls use several methods to control traffic flowing in and out of a network:

  • Packet filtering: This method analyzes small pieces of data against a set of filters. Those that meet the filter criteria are allowed to pass through, while others are discarded.
  • Proxy service: In this method, computers make a connection to the proxy which then initiates a new network connection based on the content of the request. In this way, there is no direct connection or packet transfer on either side of the firewall. Network addresses are effectively hidden.
  • Stateful inspection: Stateful inspection is the new standard firewall security method that monitors communications packets over a period of time. Outgoing packets that request specific types of incoming packets are tracked. Only incoming packets that are an appropriate response are allowed to pass. Firewalls using this method are often referred to as next-generation firewalls (NGFW).

Pricing Information

The cost of firewalls can vary from free (for personal use) to significant sums of money for enterprise firewalls. Firewalls are often on-premise appliances, but can also be purchased as software which must be installed on a server, or as a cloud service. The range of pricing models is broad making it difficult to compare across vendors. However, an enterprise firewall may cost upwards of $30,000, depending on capability and type.

List of TOP Enterprise Network Firewall ( UTM ) Companies in India

Some firewall solutions are provided by Firewall Firm, a Top Firewall Provider Companies in India, as software solutions that run on general purpose operating systems. The following table lists different firewall software that can be installed / configured in different general purpose operating systems.

 

Firewall Vendors

Reviews

Overall Rating

Fortinet

Fortinet

Fortinet

Cisco

Cisco

Cisco

Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks

Check Point Software Technologies

Check Point Software Technologies

Check Point Software Technologies

Sophos

Sophos

Sophos

SonicWall

SonicWall

SonicWall

4.4
Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks

WatchGuard

WatchGuard

WatchGuard

4.3
Barracuda

Barracuda

Barracuda

4.6
Forcepoint

Forcepoint

Forcepoint

4.6
Huawei

Huawei

Huawei

4.5
Hillstone Networks

Hillstone Networks

Hillstone Networks

4.6
Sangfor

Sangfor

Sangfor

4.7
Stormshield

Stormshield

Stormshield

4.6
AhnLab

AhnLab

AhnLab

124.7
F5

F5

F5

4.6
Microsoft Azure Firewall

Microsoft Azure Firewall

Microsoft Azure Firewall

4.6

New H3C Group

4.7
VMware Firewall

VMware Firewall

VMware Firewall

4.8

GreyHeller

35.0
Venustech

Venustech

Venustech

24.5

List of TOP Web Application Firewall (WAF) Companies in India

The web application firewall (WAF) market is being driven by customers’ needs to protect public and internal web applications. WAFs protect web applications and APIs against a variety of attacks, including automated attacks (bots), injection attacks and application-layer denial of service (DoS). They should provide signature-based protection, and should also support positive security models (automated whitelisting) and/or anomaly detection. WAFs are deployed in front of web servers to protect web applications against external and internal attacks, to monitor and control access to web applications, and to collect access logs for compliance/auditing and analytics. WAFs exist in the form of physical or virtual appliances, and, increasingly, are delivered from the cloud, as a service (cloud WAF service).

WAF Firewall Vender

Reviews

Overall Rating

Sucuri
Sucuri Website Firewall (WAF)
4.6
Imperva

Imperva Incapsula WAF

4.5
F54.5
Fortinet
FortiWeb Web Application Firewall
4.4
Signal Sciences
Citrix
Cloudflare
Akamai4.5
Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Barracuda
Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity (DenyAll)
Radware4.6
Ergon Informatik4.6
United Security Providers
Positive Technologies11
Instart
Venustech104.5
Chaitin Tech94.8
Oracle94.4
NSFOCUS64.5
Microsoft63.7
Trustwave63.5
Penta Security
55.0
Symantec54.4
Alert Logic
53.6
DBAPPSecurity
44.5
NGINX44.3
Qualys
44.0
Grey Wizard
35.0
A10 Networks
34.7
Google
34.7
Kemp
34.3
SiteLock
34.3
Qihoo 360
34.0
Piolink
24.5
Wallarm
24.5
Alibaba Cloud
24.0
Templarbit
15.0
Threat X
15.0
AdNovum
14.0
Verizon
14.0
Bluedon Information Security Technologies
13.0

 

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List of TOP Firewall Appliances Company in India

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In general, a computer appliance is a computing device with a specific function and limited configuration ability, and a software appliance is a set of computer programs that might be combined with just enough operating system (JeOS) for it to run optimally on industry standard computer hardware or in a virtual machine.

A firewall appliance is a combination of a firewall software and an operating system that is purposely built to run a firewall system on a dedicated hardware or virtual machine. These include:

  • embedded firewalls: very limited-capability programs running on a low-power CPU system,
  • software-based firewall appliances: a system that can be run in independent hardware or in a virtualised environment as a virtual appliance
  • hardware-based firewall appliances: a firewall appliance that runs on a hardware specifically built to install as a network device, providing enough network interfaces and CPU to serve a wide range of purposes. From protecting a small network (a few network ports and few megabits per second throughput) to protecting an enterprise-level network (tens of network ports and gigabits per second throughput).

The following table lists different firewall appliances lists.

FirewallLicenseCostOS
Check PointProprietaryIncluded on Check Point
security gateways
Proprietary operating system Check Point IPSO
and Gaia (Linux-based)
FortiGateProprietaryIncluded on all Fortigate
devices
Proprietary, FortiOS
Palo Alto NetworksProprietaryIncluded on Palo Alto
Networks firewalls
Proprietary operating system PANOS
WatchGuardProprietaryIncluded on all
WatchGuard firewalls
Proprietary operating system
SophosProprietaryIncluded on Sophos UTMLinux-based appliance
Cisco Asa FirepowerProprietaryIncluded on all CISCO
ASA devices
Proprietary operating system
Cisco PIXProprietaryIncluded on all CISCO
PIX devices
Proprietary operating system
Mcafee FirewallProprietaryIncluded on Intel Security ApplianceLinux-based appliance
Juniper SSGProprietaryIncluded on Netscreen
security gateways
Proprietary operating system ScreenOS
Juniper SRXProprietaryIncluded on SRX
security gateways
Proprietary operating system Junos
SonicwallProprietaryIncluded on Dell applianceProprietary operating system SonicOs
Barracuda FirewallProprietaryIncluded Firewall Next Generation applianceWindows-based appliance
embedded firewall distribution
CyberoamProprietaryIncluded Firewall Sophos applianceWindows-based appliance
embedded firewall distribution
D-LinkProprietaryIncluded Firewall DFLWindows-based appliance
embedded firewall distribution
Endian FirewallProprietaryFree / PaidLinux-based appliance
Opendium IceniProprietaryFree / PaidLinux-based, with optional web filtering / auditing.
IPCopGPLFree / PaidLinux-based appliance
firewall distribution
pfSenseESF/BSDFree / PaidFreeBSD-based appliance
firewall distribution
IPFireGPLFree / PaidLinux/NanoBSD-based appliance
firewall distribution
UntangleGPLFree / PaidLinux/NanoBSD-based appliance
firewall distribution
ZeroshellGPLFree / PaidLinux/NanoBSD-based appliance
firewall distribution
SmoothWallGPLFree / PaidLinux-based appliance
embedded firewall distribution
WinGateGPLFree / PaidWindows-based appliance
embedded firewall distribution
Calyptix SecurityBSDFreeOpenBSD-based appliance
firewall distribution
Halon SecurityBSDFreeOpenBSD-based appliance
VantronixBSDFreeOpenBSD-based appliance

 

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Firewall Company

Firewall Company

Firewall Company

Firewall Company

Security must be integral, not an afterthought.

40% of all cyber-attacks target businesses with fewer than 500 employees!

More than 40% of SMBs don’t have an adequate IT security budget!

SMBs on average lose $188,242 to a cyber attack and almost 66% of victimized companies are forced out of business within six months of being attacked.

Only 26% of small and midsize businesses were confident their firm has enough in-house expertise for a strong security posture

Despite the threat that data loss poses to SMBs, 70% thought their companies would have difficulty detecting a breach

Did you know the average breach goes undetected for 229 days?

The smart solution for intelligent businesses

Regardless of the size of your business, you want to be assured of the security of your computers and networks. IT Monteur Firewall Firm team can ensure your business has around the clock firewall and virus protection, guaranteeing your network is free from intrusion, spyware and hackers 24/7.

Many small business owners feel safe from attack, mistakenly thinking hackers only target large corporations. The fact is that many cyber criminals see smaller businesses as ideal targets due to their minimal security measures, and often use those smaller businesses to gain access to the networks of larger companies.

Security at all levels of I.T. is vital to ensure you aren’t seen as an easy target. It isn’t something you want to address once your systems have been compromised. IT Monteur Firewall Firm can assist, with integrated firewalls, network and desktop security solutions, virus protection, spam filtering, adware, spyware protection and much more.

Business Security Facts:

    • Yes, you will be attacked, even though you’re small
    • In fact, small businesses are attacked more than enterprises due to their lower security budgets and expertise, both of which equate to greater vulnerability.
    • Cyber criminals gain access to larger corporations through small business networks.
    • Security must be integral, not an afterthought.
    • UTM (Unified Threat Management) is no longer enough.
    • Wired & Wireless need common security policy.

Partnering with IT Monteur Firewall Firm means:

  • Installation and integration of firewall into the network
  • 24/7 Protection, Monitoring and Threat Response of all access points to your network, offering complete security from outside threats
  • Endpoint Security anti-virus protection safeguards your network from viruses, worms, and other malicious code threats
  • Spam protection through message and e-mail filtering
  • Dedicated Security Team
  • Onsite support as needed
  • Integrated Security with Business Focus

List of Firewall appliances Company in India

When any enterprise or small medium business start thinking of a network management & security, the first thing to come up in  the mind of IT Managers is a good and secure firewall. Firewalls are the first layer of defense in a network, as a system without the basic layer of security is intended to reveal the sensitive data for enterprise users.

A firewall is a combo of a firewall software and operating system that is built to run a firewall system on a dedicated hardware or virtual machine which includes :

  • Embedded firewalls: very limited-capability programs running on a low-power CPU system,
  • Software firewall appliances: a system that can be run in independent hardware or in a virtualised environment as a virtual appliance
  • Hardware firewall appliances: Hardware firewall is specifically built to install as a network device, providing enough network interfaces and CPU to serve a wide range of purposes. From protecting a small network to protecting an enterprise-level network.

below is the list of Top Firewall Companies in India : 

  • Check Point
  • FortiGate
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • WatchGuard
  • Sophos
  • Cisco Asa Firepower
  • Cisco PIX
  • Mcafee Firewall
  • Juniper SSG
  • Juniper SRX
  • Sonicwall
  • Barracuda Firewall
  • Cyberoam
  • D-Link
  • Endian Firewall
  • Opendium Iceni
  • IPCop
  • pfSense
  • IPFire
  • Untangle
  • Zeroshell
  • SmoothWall
  • WinGate
  • Calyptix Security
  • Halon Security
  • Vantronix

Firewall Company Security Solution

Security solutions at IT Monteur is aimed to protect your business from hackers attack and other Internet threats. We aim at running your business smooth without any worry about securing your data. IT Monteur a Firewall Company in Delhi India, provides firewall software and hardware firewall to protect your data from any mallacious attacks and unexpected crises.

Firewall Software and Hardware Firewall solutions are both designed to block unauthorized access to computers in your network. A firewall software program is installed on each individual PC it’s meant to protect. To safeguard all your company’s computers, however, each one must have a software firewall installed. This can become expensive and difficult to maintain and support. But, a hardware-based firewall is easier to maintain and administer than individual software firewalls. It protect all the computers on your network.

Our firewall security solutions is Combined network and physical security for a more comprehensive approach that meets your needs and that allows you to add integrated protection from hackers, spam, malicious websites, identity theft.

we provide secure access to enable workers at home, at remote sites, or traveling to connect to your business safely and securely Secure storage that gives you the flexible capacity to protect and back up data, video, and images and also provide Physical protection to guard your business and your employees from theft, vandalism, and unlawful access.

Our firewall security solutions Key features:

  • Standard firewall capabilities: Packet filtering, network address translation (NAT), stateful protocol inspection, Virtual Private Networking
  • Integrated Network Intrusion Prevention (IPS)
  • Application Awareness and Control
  • Additional Intelligence: Directory integration to tie security policies to users and groups; cloud-based reputation services to stop traffic from dangerous sources
  • Real-time and historical visibility into user, network, and security activity

We are also providing UTM ( Unified threat management ) Firewall Solutions for SMB & Enterprices

Firewalls, both hardware and software, protect computers from hackers and other online threats by blocking dangerous pieces of data from reaching the system. While hardware firewalls offer network-wide protection from external threats, software firewalls installed on individual computers can more closely inspect data, and can block specific programs from even sending data to the Internet. On networks with high security concerns, combining both kinds of firewalls provides a more complete safety net.

We are providing UTM ( Unified threat management ) Best Firewall Solutions for SMB & Enterprises Companies in India

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Best business firewalls: Which firewall is suitable for your business?

Best business firewalls: Which firewall is suitable for your business?

There are countless options to choose from when considering firewall protection. Should you invest in an external firewall, stick with a virtual firewall or take the plunge with both?

The firewalls listed here cater to most sizes of organisation, from small businesses that only require virtual firewalls to larger enterprises that should house external firewall hardware.

With recent data breaches highlighting the importance of securing your network, IT Monteur Firewall Firm investigates the best firewalls on the market for every business’ first line of defence.

Firewalls – Buyer’s Guide and Reviews – March 2018

A10 Networks
A10 Networks Thunder CFW
Barracuda Networks
Barracuda Networks NG Firewall
Check Point
Check Point Power-1
Check Point
Check Point UTM-1
Check Point
Check Point VPN-1
Check Point
Check Point VSX
Cisco
Cisco Sourcefire Firewalls
Cisco
Cisco ASA
Cisco
Meraki MX Firewalls
Cisco
Cisco Firepower NGFW
Cisco
Cisco ASAv
Fortinet
Fortinet FortiGate
Fortinet
FortiGate-VM
GFI
Kerio Control
Hewlett Packard
Enterprise
3Com H3C Firewall
Hillstone Networks
Hillstone E-Series
Hillstone Networks
Hillstone T-Series
Hillstone Networks
Hillstone X-Series Data Center Firewalls
Hillstone Networks
Hillstone CloudEdge
Intel Security
Intel Security StoneGate
Intel Security
Intel Security Firewall Enterprise MFE
Juniper
Juniper SRX
NetFortris
NetFortris Hosted Firewall
NetFortris
NetFortris Threat Analyzer
OPNsense
OPNsense
Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks WildFire
Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks VM-Series
pfSense
pfSense
SonicWall
SonicWall TZ
SonicWall
SonicWall NSA
Sophos
Sophos Cyberoam UTM
Sophos
Sophos UTM
Sophos
Sophos XG
Stormshield
Stormshield Network Security
Trustwave
Trustwave Firewalls
Untangle
Untangle NG Firewall
WatchGuard
WatchGuard XTM
WatchGuard
WatchGuard Firebox
Zscaler
Zscaler Web Security

Top Firewalls Solutions

1Fortinet FortiGate
The FortiGate family of NG firewalls provides proven protection with unmatched performance across the network, from internal
segments, to data centers, to cloud environments. FortiGates are available in a large range of sizes and form factors and are key
components of the Fortinet Security Fabric, which enables immediate, intelligent defense against known and new threats
throughout the entire network
2Cisco ASA
Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) is Cisco’s end-to-end software solution and core operating system that powers the Cisco ASA
product series. This software solution provides enterprise-level firewall capabilities for all types of ASA products, including blades,
standalone appliances and virtual devices. Adaptive Security Appliance provides protection to organizations of all sizes, and
allows end-users to access information securely anywhere, at any time, and through any device.Adaptive Security Appliance is
also fully compatible with other key security technologies, and so provides organizations with an all-encompassing security
solution.
3Sophos UTM
The global network of highly skilled researchers and analysts, protecting businesses from known and emerging malware – viruses,
rootkits and spyware.
4pfSense
Providing comprehensive network security solutions for the enterprise, large business and SOHO, pfSense solutions bring
together the most advanced technology available to make protecting your network easier than ever before. Our products are built
on the most reliable platforms and are engineered to provide the highest levels of performance, stability and confidence.
5Palo Alto Networks WildFire
WildFire™ cloud-based threat analysis service is the industry’s most advanced analysis and prevention engine for highly evasive
zero-day exploits and malware. The cloud-based service employs a unique multi-technique approach combining dynamic and
static analysis, innovative machine learning techniques, and a groundbreaking bare metal analysis environment to detect and
prevent even the most evasive threats.
6Sophos Cyberoam UTM
Cyberoam Unified Threat Management hardware appliances offer comprehensive security to organizations, ranging from large
enterprises to small and branch offices. Multiple security features integrated over a single, Layer 8 Identity-based platform make
security simple, yet highly effective.
7SonicWall TZ
The secure, sophisticated SonicWALL TZ is widely deployed at small businesses, retail, government, remote sites and branch
offices. It combines high-performance intrusion prevention, malware blocking, content/URL filtering and application control.
8Meraki MX Firewalls
With the proliferation of modern applications and mixed-use networks, host and port based security is no longer sufficient. Cisco
Meraki’s layer 7 “next generation” firewall, included in MX security appliances and every wireless AP, gives administrators
complete control over the users, content, and applications on their network.
9WatchGuard XTM
Small businesses need big security, too, and the WatchGuard XTM Series firewall/VPN appliances deliver that strong protection Ð
but without the hefty price tag. Enterprise-grade security includes full HTTPS content inspection, VoIP support, and optional
security subscriptions like Application Control and Intrusion Prevention Service.
10Juniper SRX
High-performance security with advanced, integrated threat intelligence, delivered on the industry’s most scalable and resilient
platform. SRX Series gateways set new benchmarks with 100GbE interfaces and feature Express Path technology, which enables
up to 1 Tbps performance for the data center.

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Gajshield DLP Firewall

GAJSHIELD Next Generation Firewall Unique Context Sensitive Network based Data Leak Prevention System with Cloud Security

GAJSHIELD Next Generation DLP Firewall
Unique Context Sensitive Network based Data Leak Prevention System with Cloud Security

GAJSHIELD DLP Firewall

Next Generation DLP Firewall

Unique Context Sensitive Network based Data Leak Prevention System with Cloud Security

GajShield’s layered security platforms are designed to provide in depth protection against various attacks by tightly integrating key security functions and to securely connect remote offices and partners. GajShield Network Security Appliances combines ICSA Certified Firewall, IPS, VPN, URL Filtering, Virus screening and Bandwidth Management in a single appliance to provide in depth protection at the network edge.

ICSA Certified

  • User Sense UTM – Policy combination of User, Source, IP
  • address and Service
  • Policy based control for Firewall, IPS, URL Filtering,
  • Anti-virus, Anti-spam, DLP and Bandwidth Management
  • Access Scheduling
  • Policy based Source & Destination NAT
  • H.323 NAT Traversal, 802.1q VLAN Support
  • DoS, DDoS, Syn Flood Attack prevention

For SOHO specification

GS 15nuGS20nu
Firewall
– Concurrent Sessions1900003300000
– New Sessions/Second510028000
– Firewall Throughput230 Mbps3.2 Gbps
– VPN Throughput100 Mbps325 Mbps
– UTM Throughput170 Mbps280 Mbps
– Antivirus Throughput140 Mbps450 Mbps
– IPS Throughput160 Mbps720 Mbps
– VPN Tunnels25550
– Configurable WAN / DMZ / LAN portsYesYes
– 10/100 Interfaces44
– 10/100/1000 Interface

For SME

GS 80nu

GajShield ‘GS 40dc’ provides content aware data context, which helps you to secure your enterprise beyond next generation firewalls. The GajShield 40dc appliance is targeted at high speed Internet security device for SOHO/SMB. The 40dc appliance manages gigabit traffic with content aware data context platform providing enterprise grade security even to the smallest enterprise.

GS 40d c FEATURESSPEC IF ICAT IONS
10/100
10/100/10004
Concurrent Sessions320000
New Sessions Per Second8000
Firewall Throughput2.5 Gbps
VPN Throughput400 Mbps
UTM Throughput350 Mbps
AntiVirus Throughput425 Mbps
IPS Throughput475 Mbps
VPN Tunnels150
Configurable WAN/LAN/DMZ portscx Yes

For Enterprise

GS 130d c FEATURESGajShield 260d FeaturesGS 320dc-f  FeaturesGajShield 330d FeaturesGajShield 930d FeaturesGajShield 1030d Features
10/10061020/1620/16
10/100/10008244/84/8
Concurrent Sessions85000085000090000011000003000000
New Sessions Per Second26000260003000060000150000
Firewall Throughput5.5 Gbps5.5 Gbps7 Gbps20 Gbps25 Gbps
VPN Throughput1.9 Gbps1.9 Gbps2.5 Gbps12 Gbps15 Gbps
UTM Throughput1 Gbps1 Gbps2100 Mbps3.5 Gbps5 Gbps
AntiVirus Throughput1200 Mbps1200 Mbps2200 Mbps5.7 Gbps7.2 Gbps
IPS Throughput1500 Mbps1500 Mbps2400 Mbps9.5 Gbps11.5 Gbps
VPN Tunnels4000400060002000025000
Configurable WAN/LAN/DMZ portsyesYesYesYesYes

Gajshield Firewall Price

Gajshield DLP FirewallPrice

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Free and Open Source Network UTM Firewalls

Free and Open Source Network UTM  Firewalls

Free and Open Source Network UTM  Linux Firewalls

Free and Open Source Network UTM  Linux Firewalls

 

pfSense

pfSense

pfSense

pfSense is an open source security solution with a custom kernel based on the FreeBSD OS. It is a software distribution that is customised especially to be used as a firewall and router. This open source firewall can be installed on bare metal hardware and be managed entirely through a Web interface. Apart from firewalling and routing platforms, you can expand its functionality by using its many features, without adding bloat and potential security vulnerabilities to the base distribution.

Features

  • Firewall – IP/port filtering, limiting connections, Layer 2 capable, scrubbing
  • State table – By default, all rules are stateful, and there are multiple configurations available for state handling
  • Server load balancing (LB) – Inbuilt LB to distribute load between multiple backend servers
  • NAT (network address translation) – Port forwarding, reflection
  • HA (high-availability) – Failover to secondary if primary fails
  • Multi-WAN (wide area network) – Uses more than one Internet connection
  • VPN (virtual private network) – Supports IPsec and OpenVPN
  • Reporting – Keeps historical resource utilisation information
  • Monitoring – Real-time monitoring
  • Dynamic DNS – Multiple DNS clients are included
  • DHCP and relay ready

Some examples:

  • Security – Stunner, Snort, Tinc, Nmap, arpwatch
  • Monitoring – iftop, ntopng, Softflowd, urlsnarf, darkstat, mailreport
  • Networking – NetIO, nut, Avahi
  • Routing – FRR, OLSRd, routed, OpenBGPD
  • Services – Iperf, widentd, syslog-ng, bind, Acme, Imspector, Git, DNS-server

ClearOS

ClearOS

ClearOS

ClearOS is a CentOS based open source firewall that transforms your standard PC into a committed firewall and Internet server/gateway. ClearOS has three editions: ClearOS Business, ClearOS Home and ClearOS Community. The community edition is free for a lifetime but for the other two, you need to purchase a subscription. It is one of the best open source firewalls for small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs). It is a complete network solution and you can extend the functionality by installing the apps such as the bandwidth manager, DHCP server, DMZ, DNS server and more.

Features

  • Firewall, networking and security
  • Provides several levels of security
  • Bandwidth QoS manager
  • DMZ, 1-to-1 NAT and port forwarding
  • At the protocol level, the peer-to-peer detection system lets you manage file sharing usage
  • Intrusion detection and intrusion prevention systems
  • Virtual private networking
  • Web proxy and content filtering

IPFire

IPFire

IPFire

IPFire is built on top of Netfilter and is an open source distribution. IPFire was designed with both modularity and a high level of flexibility in mind. It can be used as a firewall, proxy server or VPN gateway. The IDS (intrusion detection system) is inbuilt, so attacks are detected and prevented from Day One. And with the help of Guardian (an optional add-on), you can implement automatic prevention.

Features

  • Stateful packet inspection (SPI)
  • Proxy server with content filter and caching functionality
  • Intrusion detection system
  • VPN via IPsec and OpenVPN
  • DHCP server
  • Caching name server
  • Time server
  • Wake-on-LAN (WOL)
  • Dynamic DNS

OPNsense

OPNsense

OPNsense

OPNsense is an open source, easy-to-use and easy-to-build FreeBSD based firewall and routing platform. It includes most of the features available in expensive commercial firewalls, and more. OPNsense offers the rich feature set of commercial offerings with the benefits of open and verifiable sources.

Features

  • Traffic shaper
  • Captive portal
  • Forward caching proxy
  • Virtual private network
  • High availability and hardware failover
  • Intrusion detection and inline prevention
  • Built-in reporting and monitoring tools
  • Support for plugins
  • DNS server and DNS forwarder
  • DHCP server and relay

VyOS

VyOS

VyOS

VyOS is an open source network operating system based on Linux and includes multiple applications such as Quagga, ISC DHCPD, OpenVPN, StrongS/WAN and others, under a single management interface. It can be installed on any physical hardware, on a virtual machine or a cloud platform.

Features

  • VLANs
  • Static and dynamic routing
  • Firewall rulesets for IPv4 and IPv6 traffic
  • Tunnel interfaces
  • PPPoE, GRE, IPIP, SIT, static L2TPv3, VXLAN
  • VPN
  • NAT
  • DHCP and DHCPv6 server and relay
  • NetFlow and sFlow
  • Web proxy and URL filtering
  • QoS policies (drop tail, fair queue, and others), traffic redirection
  • VRRP, connection table synchronisation

 

Smoothwall

Smoothwall

Smoothwall

Smoothwall is a Linux distribution designed to be used as an open source firewall. It is configured via a Web based GUI and requires little or no knowledge of Linux to install and use it. Smoothwall Express supports LAN, DMZ, internal/external network firewalling, Web proxy for acceleration, traffic stats, etc. Shutting down or rebooting is possible directly through the Web interface.

Features

  • Supports LAN, DMZ and wireless networks
  • External connectivity via Static Ethernet, DHCP Ethernet, PPPoE, PPPoA using various USB and PCI DSL modems
  • Port forwards, DMZ pin-holes
  • Outbound filtering
  • Timed access
  • Simple to use Quality-of-Service (QoS)
  • Traffic stats, including per interface and per IP totals for weeks and months
  • IDS via automatically updated Snort rules
  • UPnP support
  • List of bad IP addresses to block

Untangle

Untangle

Untangle

Untangle NG Firewall takes the complexity out of network security—saving users’ time. This firewall is intended to balance performance and protection, policy and productivity. It’s an ideal fit for a range of organisations seeking a powerful, cost-effective network security solution that can handle any IT challenge — from small, remote offices to diverse school campuses and large, distributed organisations. The NG Firewall has different software modules that can be enabled or disabled as per individual requirements. These software modules are also called apps. They are both free and paid apps. So, for full functionality, you have to buy subscriptions for what you want.

Features

  • Virus blocker
  • Firewall
  • Web monitor
  • Spam Blocker Lite
  • Ad blocker
  • OpenVPN
  • Captive portal
  • Intrusion prevention
  • Phish blocker

 

Endian Firewall

Endian Firewall

Endian Firewall

Endian Firewall is a full-featured unified threat management solution, which uses the stateful packet inspection concept based firewall. It can be deployed as a proxy, gateway, and router with Open VPN.

Some of the features provided by the Endian Firewall are displayed in Figure 6.

  • Endian is a bi-directional firewall
  • It protects the network from Internet threats
  • By analysing the traffic flow, it prevents intrusion into the network
  • It has VPN with IPsec, which provides a secure and simple VPN tunnel through which many users can connect from a remote location
 Moonwall provide a firewall based on FreeBSD and a combination of other software utilities.

pfSense is a free open source firewall and router.

Shorewall firewall is a tool designed to configure Netfilter.

Smoothwall Express is an open source firewall based on a hardened GNU/Linux OS.

StillSecure deliver a software based firewall solution known as Cobia. Cobia can be installed on VMware as well. Cobia includes the ability to perform Routing, DHCP, DNS, Wireless, Firewall, VPN, Content Filtering, Reporting and more. Cobia can use modules provided by StillSecure or other third party organisations and developers. Cobia software comes as a public community license and a commercial use license. Via the StillSecure Community License, users can freely download and modify the source code.

Vyatta Core is an open source firewall offering IPv4 and IPv6 routing, intrusion prevention , stateful firewalling, IPSec and SSL OpenVPN and more.

Zeroshell is a Linux based firewall. The firewall has some good functionality such as the ability to load balance internet connections, integrate with LDAP, captive portal for web login authentication and more.

Zorp is an application layer firewall based on the Python scripting language.

Firewall Management Software Solutions Vendor List

AlgoSec deliver Firewall Analyzer which provides firewall policy auditing, policy cleanup, risk analysis, change monitoring and more. Algosec supports all the major firewall vendors. Algosec also offer AlgoSec FireFlow which is a change management solution.

Athena Security have a solution known as FirePAC that can clean up firewall policies, provide auditing and optimisation. Athena Security also offer a free tool called Firewall Browser which can help you find rules based on certain network criteria and supports Cisco, Checkpoint and Netscreen firewalls.

Secure Passage is a specialist in managing firewalls and offer a solution called Firemon. Firemon will give you visibility to unused rules and which rules are used and the frequency they are used. Firemon supports a large range of firewalls such as Cisco Checkpoint and others. Firemon also supports routers and load balancers. The solution will help you keep in control of your firewall policies, provide PCI DSS assistance, policy cleanup and provides other advantages as well.

 Skybox Security is a firewall management device that helps controlling firewall risks and provides visibility of network topology and firewall device configuration.
Tufin SecureTrak delivers firewall management, auditing and change control and automation.

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Firewall

Firewall

Firewall

Firewall

What is Firewall?

A firewall is a network security device located between your internal network and the wider Internet. A firewall monitors incoming and outgoing network traffic – blocking or allowing it based on a set of configurable rules.

Firewalls are a fundamental piece of security and typically form the first line of defence on a network. Acting as a filter against bad connections from the outside world.

A firewall works by comparing the data sent into or out of the network against a list of rules. Based on the results of the rule checking, the firewall will then either block or allow the connection.

How does a firewall work?

Firewalls work by inspecting data packets (small chunks of data) against an internal list of rules. Here are some of the more common ones:

  • IP addresses – filter out traffic from suspicious IPs
  • Domain names – block traffic from known malicious domains
  • Ports – deny traffic trying to enter through a certain port
  • Contents – block data packets containing certain keywords

A firewall scans the contents of the packet and then determines whether to let it through based on the rules in place. On a typical network setup, all connections to the Internet flow through the firewall. Meaning it inspects all inbound or outgoing packets.

How does firewall inspection work?

The process of inspection involves comparing a packet’s contents against the firewall’s set of rules. Depending on if the rule is setup as a blacklist or whitelist, it will react differently to a match.

  • A blacklist rule will block any packets which match the criteria.
  • A whitelist rule will block any packets which don’t match the criteria.

A firewall’s rules are highly configurable. Meaning you can make the packet inspection process unique to your security setup. Here are some examples of how you could use custom firewall rules:

  • Creating a whitelist for your own company IP. Preventing any outsiders from accessing what’s behind the firewall.
  • Making a blacklist for the IP of a known malicious file server. Stopping it from distributing malware onto your network.
  • Creating a whitelist for certain domain extensions (.com, .co.uk .edu e.t.c.) on outgoing traffic. Blocking staff from accessing potentially dangerous sites.

Why are firewalls important?

Firewalls are often compared to a lock on the door to your network. But it might be more accurate to say that a firewall is the door.

Without a firewall in place, any connection can flow freely in or out of your network. Including connections from known malicious sources. This means you could experience unauthorised access to networked files. Leading to a data breach, malware infection or worse.

You need a firewall to filter out the bulk of malicious connections. And there’s a lot of malicious connections. One study found that within 52 seconds of being online, servers were being probed by hackers. With an average rate of 757 connection attempts per hour.

Are firewalls hardware or software?

Firewalls can be either a hardware appliance or a piece of software which runs on a machine. So, the answer is both.

Not helpful, I know.

But the main difference between the two is this:

  • Software firewalls tend to protect the individual machine it’s installed upon, typically a laptop or PC
  • Hardware firewalls usually protect many machines or an entire network.

What types of firewall are there?

Circuit-level

Circuit level firewalls are a type of firewall that monitors transmission control protocol (TCP) handshaking. It ensures that the communication between packets is legitimate and not malicious.

Stateful inspection

A firewall with stateful inspection considers the state of current connections when filtering packets. This means that the firewall can block the packet in one case but allowed in another. Depending on the current state of the connection.

Unified threat management (UTM)

Whilst technically not a type of firewall, UTM is instead an advanced security appliance which combines the security functions of many different security appliances. One of these being a firewall. We have an article explaining everything you need to know about UTM if you wish to learn more.

What is a next-generation firewall?

A next-generation firewall (NGFW) contains all the normal defences that a traditional firewall has and more. The most common additions are intrusion prevention software and application control. But certain vendors have other bonus security features. NGFWs are also capable of deep packet inspection which enables more robust filters.

Intrusion prevention software monitors network activity to detect and stop vulnerability exploits from occurring. This is usually done by monitoring for breaches against the network policies in place.

Application control software sets up a hard filter for programs that can send or receive data over the Internet. This can either be done by blacklist (blocks any programs in the filter) or by whitelist (blocks any programs not in the filter).

What is deep packet inspection?

Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) is a type of packet inspection which analyses the full contents of a data packet. Instead of only information in a packet’s header (where it is coming from and going to).

This enables DPI to filter out malicious packets, such as viruses and trojans, with better accuracy. As rather than only looking at the sender and destination, the packet’s contents can be used in filters as well.

This allows DPI to uncover a broader range of security threats because it will discover packets with a malicious payload but an innocuous header.

Where did the name firewall come from?

A final piece of trivia: the name firewall originated from the real-world application of fire partitions used in buildings. These would be walls that were implemented into a building to act as a barrier to stop fire spreading from one room to another.

The similarity between a fire spreading through a building and a computer virus spreading through a network prompted the same name to be adopted for the network device.

Firewall

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