Data Security in Local Network using Distributed Firewalls
Distributed firewalls are host-resident security software applications that protect the enterprise network s servers and end-user machines against unwanted intrusion. They offer the advantage of filtering traffic from both the Internet and the internal network. This enables them to prevent hacking attacks that originate from both the Internet and the internal network. This is important because the most costly and destructive attacks still originate from within the organization.
They are like personal firewalls except they offer several important advantages like central management, logging, and in some cases, access-control granularity. These features are necessary to implement corporate security policies in larger enterprises. Policies can be defined and pushed out on an enterprise-wide basis.
A feature of distributed firewalls is centralized management. The ability to populate servers and end-users machines, to configure and push out consistent security policies helps to maximize limited resources. The ability to gather reports and maintain updates centrally makes distributed security practical. Distributed firewalls help in two ways. Remote end-user machines can be secured . Secondly, they secure critical servers on the network preventing intrusion by malicious code and jailing other such code by not letting the protected server be used as a launch pad for expanded attacks.