Posted on 2005-04-11
Last Modified: 2013-11-16
I am looking for any good reviews or comparisons of firewalls that include the Cisco pix compared to other vendors.  i am thinking of Implementing a PIX and i have mixed feelings from what i am reading.  I am currently using a SonicWAll device.  I do know my way around IOS.

Question by:andreacadia
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    cisco PIX in my opinion is the answer.
    i love PIX cause its very secure, commonly used and tons of support and forums are available.
    also good choice for scalability and the vendor (Cisco) releases free updates whenever a new vulnerability or problem is discovered.

    this is a enterprise level firewall that is accepted by some of the most sensitive businesses/agencies.
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    by:Tim Holman
    PIX is good, but it's based on an Intel processor and PCI bus, so performance wise, you will get identical (if not better) performance out of iptables on a Linux platform running on identical processor speeds at a fraction of the cost....

    The PIX will also not offer half-decent L7 inspection, and seeming most things tunnel over HTTP these days, the illusion of protection is simply not worth the money!  :)

    What about the rest of your security ?  Antivirus ?  Host IPS ?  The benefits of these will far outweigh anything a firewall can give you (other than perimeterisation, of course!).

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    Another good solution is the Watchguard Firebox.

    McAfee also makes an All-in-one Enterprise Antivirus/Antispyware package.


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