77 Gateway Firewalls

77 Gateway Firewalls

Summary: Even the oldest segment of the security market, firewalls, is not consolidated

TOPICS: Security

fire.jpgI took a quick look into the IT-Harvest knowledgbase to find all of the gateway firewall vendors. There are 77 of them. As you look at the wide variety of products available to serve the need for gateway defense you get a sense of the complexity and variety of this one segment of the security space. And you really have to wonder why everyone talks about consolidation in this space. About 10% of the security vendors we track have firewall products. I posted the entire list here. I left out desktop firewall vendors. I will look at those another day.

First of all there are access routers/firewalls for the small office or home (SOHO). These are like 2Wire, NETGEAR, and Linksys (Cisco). Then there are small to medium business (SMB) firewall appliances such as Watchguard, Sonicwall, Symantec and Gajshield.
There are 19 enterprise firewalls that are either software only such as Check Point or appliance such as Juniper or Cisco.

There are also specialty firewalls that are for protecting particular protocols. Web Application Firewalls are offered by eight companies including Netcontinuum, DenyAll, Citrix (Teros), and F5. While many would argue that these are not gateway firewalls I believe they eventually will add layer 2 firewalling. There is a firewall from Sage-Inc. for protecting SCADA networks. There is a firewall from Ingate for controlling SIP (the SIParator). There are email firewalls. There is even an X25 firewall.

My point is even the oldest segment of the security market, firewalls, is not consolidated. The auto industry is consolidated. You can buy a lawn mower made by the same company that makes race cars, passenger cars, SUVs, trucks, and motorcycles. In security if you have a special need you have to go to a special company. That is not a bad thing because the needs are changing so rapidly thanks to the change in technology deployment (SOA, and now Web 2.0 most recently) coupled with the change in the threatscape (phishing, spyware, DDoS).

Topic: Security

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  • Don't get what you are trying to say

    So, yeah. There are different types of firewalls for different situations just like there are different cars for different people. How many models and styles of cars and trucks are currently in production? And there is a market for all of them.

    You want just 4 or something? If one get's hacked then you may have 30% of the net vulnerable. Maybe diversity is a good thing.
    • Exactly!

      I guess I am so deeply into this stuff I did not explain well enough. Diversity is great, different technology for different threats is great. This is counter to what seems to be current wisdom which is that Microsoft and Symantec are all you need.
  • 77..... Only?......

    Great List, but did you just stop to make that magic number.

    I was glad to See Smoothwall in that List and have used it and these others for years.

    ETC, etc

    Also combination appliances DSL modem/gateway/firewalls like

    Zoom (or is it Xoom) X3, 4, 5 & 6

    I'm sure there are probably many more as well.....
    • Keep 'em coming

      I new this would happen.... I knew we would mis some. Probably another 77!
      • One more.

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        The G::Scarlet firewall from Googgun Technologies is a 7 layer enterprise firewall that features state of the art software ergonomics to facilitate easy rule creation. Rule changes can be done quicky and on the fly.

        With the Trustifier option activated, it becomes a fully trusted guardian, much more secure than a merely hardened firewall.

        Through it's mandatory access controls and tamper resistant auditing of all system users, Trustifier provides protection against not only external threats, but also uniquely protects against the theft or accidental loss of trade secrets and mission critical data by authorized users inside the network.