Firewalls Essentials for Managers

Fred Avolio

In this course we describe and consider best practices for deployment of Internet firewalls. We will define and discuss different types of firewall technologies, giving an overview of their strengths and weaknesses. We will compare and contrast representative products. When companies started to see an Internet connection as required for business, firewalls followed along as a “must have.” Firewalls alone are not enough, but they are still the best first line of defense. There are so many firewalls to choose from, many claiming to be an “industry leader.” We will also try to separate the wheat from the chaff, and help attendees determine just how much firewall they need.

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Who should attend:

Network administrators and system administrators, as well as MIS managers and auditors, and even CEOs wanting to learn about firewalls.



Fred Avolio is President of Avolio Consulting, Inc., and is a respected Internet security expert who has been involved in Internet computing and communication since 1979, working with Internet security systems for over 15 years. He led the team that created the first commercial Internet firewall offering, and helped create the commercial security products division of Trusted Information Systems.  He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the University of Dayton and a Master of Science from Indiana University.