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Enterprise firewall management is a headache. An ever-growing labyrinth of access control lists, complex change management over geographically distributed organizations, plus audit and compliance requirements make it tough to bring under control. SecureTrack 4.1, a comprehensive firewall operations management solution, helps cut the job down to size, especially for Check Point Software Technologies firewalls.
The Web-based GUI is intuitive, and where possible, the rules interface strives to give the look and feel of each type of firewall. For example, it mimics the Check Point interface when viewing and managing firewalls from a SmartCenter NG system, which is nice, but we'd like the ability to switch to a standardized view of rules across all platforms. You can use SecureTrack to manage Check Point, Cisco PIX and Juniper firewalls, but, in the current version, most of the key features are limited or nonexistent for the latter two.
A straightforward wizard is used to add a firewall to the system. SecureTrack passively pulls down the configuration and status of each firewall. You can view the rules and policy information side-by-side, so reviewing changes and other pertinent information is easy.
This was first published in April 2008