I'm setting up a network of four servers, approximately 65 pcs, and a dozen printers. This network will have a dedicated T-3 class internet connection. I'm trying to find the best hardware firewall product that includes high-quality intrusion detection and prevention, and possibly virus wall features. Oh, and it has to be relatively easy to set up and administer because I'm still learning when it comes to network security. Has anyone had an opportunity to compare these two products in similar environments? Do you have other suggestions?
The FortiGate is the only product that is ICSA certified for firewall and intrusion detection. The FireBox is ICSA certified as a firewall only, but they have some very convincing data regarding their intrusion prevention features. I know a lot of people are going to mention Cisco. I've tried to work with Cisco products before, and I find their user interfaces kludgy at best. Other products I've given strong consideration to include the SonicWall PRO2040 and Symantec's 5420. I've also considered running Kerio's WinRoute Firewall on a dedicated PC as a gateway. WinRoute is alsoan ICSA certified firewall.
Any input based on real-world experiences with these products would be greatly appreciated.