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Performance Evaluation and Comparative Analysis of Network Firewalls

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Executive Summary

Firewalls are no longer just perimeter devices for the data center, but should be weaved into the fabric of the network from edge to edge such as to offer security layered in-depth and ubiquitous. The next evolution of the firewall has to combine dynamic policy-based security with performance, rapid scaling, high availability and application intelligence. Today, increasing attention is paid to network firewall design quality due to regulations such as the Sarbanes-Oxley act, CobiT framework, the Payment-Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and the NIST standard. All these regulations include specific sections dealing with firewall configuration, management and audit.

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