Essential Checkpoint Firewall-1: An Installation, Configuration, and Troubleshooting Guide

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9780201699500: Essential Checkpoint Firewall-1: An Installation, Configuration, and Troubleshooting Guide

Check Point Firewall-1aA A is the world's leading firewall - but it's extremely difficult to find in-depth, independent guidance on using it effectively. In this book, the maintainer of the world's leading Firewall-1aA A FAQ brings together comprehensive, expert guidance on every aspect of working with Firewall-1aA A : planning, configuration, deployment, administration, tuning, and troubleshooting. In this book, Daemon Welch draws upon his extensive hands-on experience in teaching and implementing Firewall-1aA A in a wide variety of corporate environments. He begins with a practical overview of firewall security, and what a firewall can and can't do. Welch covers planning your Firewall-1aA A installation, building your "rulebase," configuring Firewall-1, logging and alerting, remote management, authentication and passwords, content security, network address translation (NAT), encryption, high availability, performance tuning, and much more. The book contains detailed coverage of VPNs, including client-to-firewall VPNs, the VPN-1 SecuRemote Secure Virtual Network Architecture, secure clients, and VPN troubleshooting.Along the way, Welch provides practical rules and checklists that can't be found anywhere else. For all computer security specialists, network/Web professionals, and system administrators, and for super-power users responsible for protecting computer systems against intrusion.

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Dameon Welch-Abernathy earned fame among administrators of FireWall-1 for his thorough and highly detailed Web site about Check Point's flagship security product. The site should remain on those administrators' hot lists, but they'll want to absorb the copious knowledge in Welch-Abernathy's Essential Check Point FireWall-1 before delving into his late-breaking online material. This book is fantastic. It's by far the best book about FireWall-1, exceeding in quality even Check Point's own manuals for administrators of its product. This is the book you need to have on hand as you learn to use what's widely regarded as the best firewall software on the market. The author, known on his site as PhoneBoy, explains FireWall-1 with clarity, depth, and eminent practicality.

Welch-Abernathy's presentation style is characterized by conciseness; practically every word and illustration he's included advances his goal of explaining how to administer the software. Once in a while, he'll go so far as to declare something self-explanatory and therefore not document it. This is risky--it's hard to predict what a given reader will find intuitive--but he's done this sparingly. The author's coverage of virtual private networks (VPNs) is particularly praiseworthy. By following his lead, you'll be able to bring up secure links among sites, and understand why the system works. Whether you're reading cover-to-cover in order to learn as much as possible, or using the index to locate the problem-solving trick you need, this book ranks among the best. --David Wall

Topics covered: Check Point FireWall-1 for administrators, including those administrators with responsibility for designing and installing a firewall system. Rule design and implementation, logging, and authentication get attention, and coverage of network address translation (NAT) and virtual private networks (VPNs) is outstanding. There's coverage of SecuRemote and Secure Client, too.

From the Author:

This book covers the essentials of Check Point FireWall-1, thus the title. Each chapter discusses a major feature of the product or a specific topic that will help you to plan for your FireWall-1 installation. You get step-by-step configuration instructions for many features in FireWall-1 complete with screen shots and several sample configurations that you can try. The book also includes lots of information from my FireWall-1 FAQs.

What makes me uniquely qualified to write this book? I've been helping people to use this product since 1996 from version 2.0 onward. I've also done numerous customer installations and taught the Check Point certification classes. I continually contribute to the FireWall-1 community through my website and moderated mailing list, FireWall-1 Wizards.

My hope is that all FireWall-1 administrators find this book a useful tool and will learn something about FireWall-1 they didn't know before.-- Dameon D. Welch-Abernathy, a.k.a. "PhoneBoy"

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