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April 2003

Merging firewalls: Making your enterprise more secure with Sidewinder

Secure Computing is making the boisterous claim that its new Sidewinder G2 Firewall is "the world's strongest firewall/VPN" solution. It's a bold claim, indeed. The perimeter appliance is the marriage of Secure Computing's flagship Sidewinder firewall and the Gauntlet firewall that Secure Computing acquired from Network Associates last year. While we can't endorse Secure Computing's claim, our tests show that Sidewinder G2 has all the qualities and functions of a world-class enterprise firewall. Around the Box The Sidewinder G2 Firewall is a rack-mountable appliance on a Dell chassis, and is configurable as a Sidewinder G2 Firewall or G2 Enterprise Manager (the console for managing multiple firewalls). It can handle OC3 (155 Mbps) throughput, 5,000 users (through an "unlimited" use license) and up to a half-million connections. The Sidewinder G2 runs on SecureOS, a hardened version of Unix that Secure Computing built with its patented Type Enforcement, which provides strong separation between the OS and applications and between ...

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