WinXP Firewall Options


Hello. I'd like to deploy host firewalls on around 100 workstations. I've looked at the options and there are lots of them! Can anyone who has used such products recommend a good Windows desktop firewall that protects both inboind AND outbound traffic. A product that has some central management options and / or alerting would be ideal. Thank you. Cee
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billwhartonCommented:
Instead of a firewall, may I suggest a product which would not only act as a firewall but would also be an intrusion prevention system. It's called Cisco security agent and it guards against unknown viruses or malicious code simply by looking for anomalous behavior

cisco.com/go/csa

I don't think it's much more expensive than a good firewall solution. I frankly don't believe firewalls are enough to protect desktops today. You need to look at protection from unknown bugs, malware, spyware, etc. However, if you only want a firewall and that's it, sygate is a market leader. sygate.com

Plenty of engineers swear by Tiny personal firewall
http://www.tinysoftware.com

I also like Zone Alarm pro - zonelabs.com which is now owned by CheckPoint.

All in all, very good solutiions. If you'd like to hear more about CSA, let me know.

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ccomleyCommented:
SonicWall Global VPN Security Client is a remote-workstation VPN client which when the workstation is VPN'd to the central SonicWall will set the Personal Firewall rules up according to centrally defined configs.   But that's only aimed at "external" workstations.
einsteinjr79Commented:
NetOp. It is a driver centric firewall with centralised management
 you can get a trial version at http://www.netop.com
But I recommend you for a hardware firewall Like SonicWall 3060 or Cisco 515E or a Watchguard product.
srikrishnakCommented:
vote goes to Cisco...rather expensive but worth having it ..as the control it gives over the  nodes..at the same time makes admin very easy....
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