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    learning hardware firewalls

    by thetechman2014 ·


    what is the best thing to do when it comes to learning how to configure hardware firewalls. Manufactures of hardware firewalls seem just like antivirus programs. So many to choose from. I’ve seen jobs asking for experience on firewalls, but they always seem to be specific. One may ask for Fortinet the other may ask for another Palto alto etc. And these are just 2 vendors out of several. I’m concerned that if I chose one vendor then the employer may want another. It’s asking a lot of a person to be fully trained in all these manufacturers. Any suggestions on how to go about preparing myself. Should I choose Fortinet, palo alto, or some other vendor like that and just learn it.

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      For years.

      by rproffitt ·

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      Even hardware firewalls run some OS and software. The list you gave all are software based. Hardware firewalls haven’t been around for a few decades.

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      by kees_b ·

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      I don’t think it matters much. Suppose that as car tech you know how to service a Ford car. Then you won’t find it too difficult to service a Honda with a new employer.

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        To a point.

        by rproffitt ·

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        My car guy does great on ICE (internal combustion engine) cars but for my EV (electric vehicle) he can still work on things like tires, lamps and such.

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      Learning Hardware Firewall

      by charlesturner724 ·

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      Understand the fundamentals: Start by building a strong foundation in networking concepts and security principles. Learn about IP addressing, routing, TCP/IP protocols, VPNs, NAT, and firewall technologies in general. This knowledge will be beneficial regardless of the specific vendor.
      Gain hands-on experience: Set up a lab environment using virtualization software or physical hardware, depending on your resources. Experiment with different firewall solutions, including popular ones like Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, Cisco ASA, Juniper Networks, and others. This will help you understand the similarities and differences between various firewall platforms.
      Choose a primary vendor: While it’s impossible to be an expert in all firewall vendors, it’s helpful to specialize in one or two popular brands. Research the market and assess the demand for specific vendors in your area or industry. Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks are both widely recognized, so choosing either of them can be a good starting point. Focus on gaining in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience with your chosen vendor’s firewall products.
      Certifications: Vendor-specific certifications can enhance your credentials and demonstrate your expertise to potential employers. Consider pursuing certifications like Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) or Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE) to validate your skills and knowledge.
      Stay updated: The field of network security is constantly evolving, and new technologies and threats emerge regularly. Stay up to date with industry news, follow vendor blogs and forums, and participate in relevant communities and online discussions. This will help you stay informed about the latest trends, best practices, and updates from various vendors.

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