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Relying on an ISP's firewall to protect your organization

Can an organization rely on an ISP's firewall to secure its network, or does it need to have its own firewall and DMZ?

If you don't have an in-house firewall administrator, you can rely on your ISP for firewall adminsitration. This can be beneficial to small companies that do not have the in-house expertise to build their own firewall. Most ISPs will offer you managed services such as firewalls, routers, DNS servers and even mail servers to take the burden off a small IT department. I recommend calling around and checking into these services before you select an ISP.

Once your firewall is in place, I recommend bringing in a outside consultant to make sure your ISP secured your network. This is an extra cost, but it's well worth it.


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This was first published in May 2002

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