Organizations that are connected to the Internet must protect their systems and sensitive data from unwanted intruders, threats, and attacks. Client firewall software will help hide your ports, track suspicious activity, and send attack alerts when attempts have been made to hack your systems.

ZDNet’s Client Firewalls Pack includes four tools, described in detail below, that will help you decide whether a client firewall solution will meet your organization’s needs, choose the right client firewall vendor, and check vendors’ references.

The Gap Analysis: Client Firewalls tool’s three detailed worksheets (Requirements, Gap Report, and Solution Benefits) will help you determine whether a gap exists between your current system’s security capabilities and your organization’s future requirements. If you establish that a gap exists, our tool will also help you determine if client firewall software can help you close those gaps.

The Vendor Selection Checklist: Client Firewalls tool’s detailed worksheets (Criteria Ranking, Vendor, and Comparison) will help you assess the client firewall products and services available from various vendors so that your determination is based on the facts and issues most applicable to your organization’s needs.

The Vendor Reference Questionnaire: Client Firewalls tool allows you to record important contact and demographic information on up to six separate references. Find out how each reference rates the vendor(s) on 10 critical, technology-specific questions. When you’ve completed the data from all the references you’re contacting, the tool will pull the information into the Comparison worksheet for a side-by-side look at how their vendor ratings stack up.

The Financial Scenario Planner: Client Firewalls tool helps you decide whether to buy or stay with your current firewall capabilities. We’ve organized each worksheet to help you determine variable costs, such as monthly software fees, and fixed costs, such as personnel. We’ve also included sections that allow you to track implementation charges, projected fixed costs, and variable costs, including hardware leases and consulting fees.