I work at a community college, and a couple months ago a situation arose
that scared the administration into seeking firewall protection. One of
our users got caught with some pictures he shouldn't have had. The
boss and the unix administrator here are looking at a $38000 system that
I find a little extreme! Their main concern is protecting us from
liability. Since no system can totally block out unwanted web sites, I
see this firewall as a waste of funds. We have a policy statement that
must be read by all users, and so far this has proven enough protection
for us from the actions of our users. Being a lowly Novell
administrator, the unix person doesn't seem to see my side of this.
Am I missing some greater picture here? Will a firewall offer us that
great of protection that it will be worth the money? Or is there some
type of secure router or something with similar capabilities to the
Firewall-1 system at a lower price?
Thanks for your time, and any respones would be appreciated!