Product review: AlgoSec's AlgoSec Firewall Analyzer 4.0


AlgoSec Firewall Analyzer 4.0


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Price: Corporate license starts at $4,300, auditor license at $1,400

Managing firewalls across an enterprise becomes increasingly difficult as organizations grow. Between the increase in use of distributed applications and needs for Internet connectivity, firewall rules can become complex and confusing, ultimately leading to misconfigurations and security holes.

AlgoSec's Firewall Analyzer (AFA) simplifies all aspects of firewall management, allowing you to discover and correlate redundant and conflicting ACL entries in routers and firewalls across the enterprise. Change management and regular audits are simplified tenfold, without modifying or interrupting production devices.

Installation is simple. We downloaded an installation file from the customer login page along with instructions and prerequisite information.

AFA can be installed on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and OpenSUSE, but not Windows. Before installation, you must create a dedicated user account and install JRE. Apache is automatically configured with SSL.

The only real issue we have with AFA management is that its dual interfaces force admins to go back and forth between them, which can be cumbersome. The local Linux interface provides user management, configuration options and overall management of the software. The Web-based interface is used more for day-to-day operations and reporting.

This was first published in February 2008

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