Ask the Expert

When implementing a spyware firewall is it important to have SNMP/API and Ethernet Bypass HW?

When implementing a spyware firewall is it important to have SNMP/API and Ethernet Bypass HW?

    Requires Free Membership to View

Those features are usually found only on the higher end spyware firewalls. Bypass mode is used to prevent the firewall from being a problem. If the firewall is powered off -- the 2 Ethernet cards are bridged together preventing the firewall from blocking incoming or outgoing traffic. Also if the device is rebooted, the firewall doesn't become the device that causes a break in connectivity. So if always on -- never down is critical to your organization than this is a feature to consider.

SNMP/API is used for SNMP management. The SNMP Extension-Agent API interface between the SNMP service and SNMP extension-agent DLLs. You have the capability to manage and monitor the device remotely. Again this may or may not be a feature your organization deems critical. Just like with everything else in life -- you'll typically pay more for each one of the add-ons that the vendors offer.

Good luck on putting a stop to spyware and malicious code on your network.

This was first published in June 2005

There are Comments. Add yours.

 
TIP: Want to include a code block in your comment? Use <pre> or <code> tags around the desired text. Ex: <code>insert code</code>

REGISTER or login:

Forgot Password?
By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy
Sort by: OldestNewest

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to: