March 26, 2001, 12:53 PM —
In January 2000, Check Point Software introduced a Linux port of its flagship product, FireWall-1. FireWall-1 is one of the best-selling products in the commercial firewall market. It now runs on five operating systems including Linux. I was excited about testing FireWall-1 for Linux because it is the first heavy-duty security suite ported to the Linux environment. (Click here to find out more about the system we used for the tests in this article.)
FireWall-1 is also the most powerful commercial firewall solution now available for the Linux platform. FireWall-1 isn't the only well-known solution to move into the Linux camp. AXENT Raptor Firewall for Linux is going to enter the market in the third quarter of 2000 (along with a hardware appliance based on a Cobalt microserver).
Naturally, the Linux version of FireWall-1 doesn't differ dramatically from, say, the Solaris version. It's the same product with the same tools, utilities, and technologies. FireWall-1 isn't the kind of software that just anyone can put on a workstation and play around with, however. It's a complicated, enterprise-class application that would be a useless luxury on a little network with dial-up or low-bandwidth Internet access.