Security without firewalls: Sensible or silly?

By | June 6, 2006

For years, infosec experts have called the firewall a critical ingredient to security, whether it´s in a large enterprise or on a home PC. But the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) has defied that logic with what some would consider surprising success.

Abe Singer, computer security manager for the SDSC´s Security Technologies Group, explained how companies can maintain strong firewall-free security at the 2006 USENIX Annual Technical Conference Thursday. He has also produced a presentation on the subject.

Singer said there´s a “horrible truth” about firewalls: they have performance problems, are vulnerable to cascade failures and changing one rule on the network can open up a security hole someplace else. He said a fellow IT professional once conducted a routine firewall test and found several ports wide open. But perhaps the biggest problem of all is that users inside the firewall can´t be trusted.Read Full Story

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