- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (June 12, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587052210
- ISBN-13: 978-1587052217
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover
The essential guide to understanding and using firewalls to protect personal computers and your network
- An easy-to-read introduction to the most commonly deployed network security device
- Understand the threats firewalls are designed to protect against
- Learn basic firewall architectures, practical deployment scenarios, and common management and troubleshooting tasks
- Includes configuration, deployment, and management checklists
About the Author
Wesley J Noonan (Houston, Texas) has been working in the computer industry for over 12 years, specializing in Windows-based networks and network infrastructure security design and implementation. He is a Staff Quality Engineer for NetIQ working on their security solutions product line.
Ido Dubrawsky (Sliver Springs, MD) is a Senior Security Consultant with Callisma, an SBC subsidiary. He advises customers on a wide variety of security issues. Previously he was a Network Security Architect with Cisco Systems SAFE Architecture Team
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Given this motivation, the book classifies the different types of firewalls available. There are various ways to do this. One is simply to divvy up all firewalls into software, appliance or integrated classes. Another method, which might be more meaningful, focuses on the technology used by a firewall. Regardless of whether it's provided by hardware or software. The technology classification gives you packet filtering, NAT, circuit level, proxies, stateful and others. To understand the distinctions, the book also gives a quick education about TCP/IP.
One noteworthy take home message provided by the book is that a NAT firewall is a pretty simple functionality. It really doesn't give that much protection, despite what you might read elsewhere on the Web. The details given in the book should disabuse you on relying on a NAT as your firewall.
I looked and looked for a Cisco bias in the book. It comes from ciscopress.com, after all. But the authors furnish a pretty objective analysis. Yes, at various points, they talk about what Cisco provides in this arena. But Cisco is a major player, and needs to be discussed. It's a disservice to the reader to omit it. Plus, other vendors also get fair play, like Trend Micro or Microsoft.
Part 1 - Introduction to Firewalls: Introduction to Firewalls; Firewall Basics; TCP/IP for Firewalls
Part 2 - How Firewalls Work: Personal Firewalls - Windows Firewall and Trend Micro's PC-cillin; Broadband Routers and Firewalls; Cisco PIX Firewall and ASA Security Appliance; Linux-Based Firewalls; Application Proxy Firewalls; Where Firewalls Fit in a Network
Part 3 - Managing and Maintaining Firewalls: Firewall Security Policies; Managing Firewalls; What Is My Firewall Telling Me?; Troubleshooting Firewalls; Going Beyond Basic Firewall Features
Part 4 - Appendixes: Firewall and Security Tools; Firewall and Security Resources; Index
There were actually a number of surprising aspects to this book (all good). The first thing that surprised me is that this is a Cisco Press book. As such, I would have expected a huge bias towards Cisco technology at the expense of everything else. Yes, most of the options and solutions covered include the Cisco offering in that category. But the overall focus is on the underlying technology instead of the vendor offering. That means that you are getting great information on firewalls, not just how Cisco does it. Another surprising aspect for me was the range of experience that is targeted in the book (and successfully at that). Part 1 was perfect for someone like me who isn't intimately acquainted with the inner workings of a firewall. Part 2 covers the range of solutions, both hardware and software, personal and enterprise. And Part 3 is one of those sections that you'd likely use on a regular basis at work if you're responsible for the care and feeding of network security. The information is extremely practical, and having checklists for troubleshooting may just be something that bails you out of some ugly situations...
There's not too many books that can pull off the difficult task of reaching all experience levels on a subject. The fact that this book does it while being published under a vendor imprint is even more impressive. Definitely a book I'd recommend on the topic of firewalls...
Also, somewhat surprising to see a chapter on what you might call personal firewalls, where it specifically covers the firewall that comes with Windows XP and the very popular Trend Micro's PC-cillin.
Basically this excellent book starts with a definition of firewalls, what they are, what they are supposed to do, why they sometimes fail. In short everything you need to know about firewalls. This includes some information that goes down to the basics of TCP/IP through what the screens look like for setting up the common firewalls. I also liked where he talks about points where some experts don't agree with others. When they do this, they point out the good and bad points of both positions.
All in all, an excellent book that meats the goals of discussing the fundamentals of firewalls.