Hardware vs. Software Based Firewall
There are two main types of security and remote access options available today: software and hardware. Software-based firewalls running a computer or server have inherent problems.
A general-purpose computer’s operating system isn’t designed with bulletproof security in mind. Configuring computer-based firewall gateways requires that you harden the operating system. This means ensuring the operating system always has the latest security patches to fix new security flaws.
SonicWALL Internet Security Appliances support seamless integration of an expanding array of value-added security services.
SonicWALL Internet security appliances are built on stateful inspection firewall technology, the most effective way to protect network access. Stateful inspection technology tracks each packet traversing the firewall and makes sure that they are legitimate. A stateful inspection firewall also monitors the state of the connection and compiles the information in a state table ensuring that the source and destination of each packet is valid. Designed into every SonicWALL Internet security appliance are:
Monitoring and Logging ® Keeping records of attacks is important. It will help you analyze your security needs and provide you with feedback on the performance of your firewall.