Firewalls of the future
As security threats facing high-speed networks grow by the day, products such as firewalls are under constant demand to become more sophisticated.
But fear not. A new kind of firewall is evolving, according to research in this monthís issue of the Optical Oracle, titled: "3G Firewalls: Is Bigger Better?" Once just a simple "security gateway," firewalls now commonly include features like virtual private networking (VPN), intrusion detection systems (IDSs), and virus scanning. Powered by high-end ASICs or network processors, these firewalls can now handled 100s of Mbit/s of throughput.
These advances may also be leading to an entirely new security architecture for high-speed networks, according to the report, which is part of Light Readingís paid research service.
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