Does Remote Office Require Firewall Appliance

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We are setting up a remote office with a FIOS internet connection.  Remote office users will connect to the main office using VPN.  Do you think I will need a firewall appliance at the remote office location?  I'm not sure it is necessary since users work from home and connect to the office using VPN and they do not have firewalls at home.  

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It seems to me it's an administrative decision, as you stated they connect via vpn. Hard to tell but if it were me evaluating it I'd take into consideration how many users will be at the remote location and the future plans for that location as well.
Les MooreSr. Systems Engineer
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A firewall for sure. Fios is direct internet and you need a NAT device to use it. Most firewalls can do site to site vpn.

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I guess my question is that these users also work from home connecting through VPN, and they do not have a firewall appliance in place at home.  

Isn't the VPN tunnel from their laptop to the office firewall secure?  How would connecting from the remote office be any different?

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that's my point, it seems to me it's more of an administrative decision. If don't have any security policies or compliance that require a firewall you can consider leaving it as is. If you need all your traffic - including web traffic - to traverse your fw devices for whatever reason, ie. to comply with web content filter rules, ips rules, etc, or you want to protect that office network against potential attacks you may want to install a fw.  Even if you're doing tunnel-all there may be other legal and administrative requirements to have a fw..

i hope it helps.

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