Check Point FireWall-1 came out in 1994 and was an immediate success. It has been
the market-leading firewall platform for over 10 years. It is no wonder the platform
has done so well.The Check Point Graphical User Interface for managing firewall
policies is extremely intuitive and easy to learn.
Check Point has come a long way since 1994.The first version of FireWall-1 ran
only on the Sun Solaris operating system platform. Every year since then new features
have been added to the product to keep up with emerging threats. In 1996 a Windows
NT version was introduced.An alliance with Nokia, a network security hardware
vendor, proved a perfect match and the hardware appliances are very popular.A Linux
version arrived in 2002 and since then Check Point has released a hardened operating
system specifically made for FireWall-1, and named it SecurePlatform.
Chapter 1 is a good starting point for new and existing VPN-1/FireWall-1 users
alike.This chapter will discuss the various methods that are deployed among different
firewall vendors and open source solutions. It is important to know the differences
among firewall technologies to further comprehend the advantages of Check Point
VPN-1/FireWall-1.This chapter will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each
technology with a strong focus on Stateful Inspection, which VPN-1/FireWall-1
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