A Wall Of Fire

Managed Security: In-House . . . Or Out?

If you don't know anything about Web-site security but prefer to keep your security management system in-house, try a good full-service solution, such as WatchGuard's $4,990 LiveSecurity System.

WatchGuard's system includes fire-wall software and other security features and combines them into an appliance called the WatchGuard Firebox. The appliance has three ports, allowing you to set up your Firebox to secure your Internet connection, LAN connection and e-mail server.

The system also includes the Live-Security Broadcast Service, which informs you of hacker threats, viruses and vulnerabilities in new software versions. It keeps you informed by transmitting new articles and editorials on security content over the Internet directly to a desktop computer.

One low-cost solution is ConSeal PC Firewall from Signal 9 Solutions, a software program which costs anywhere from $50 for a desktop version to $295 for an NT server version. While this system is robust and can carefully guard your computer and Web site, you should be familiar with the program and the necessary computer code if you plan on installing it without a well-versed professional.

If you don't have time to manage your security in-house, you can outsource it to an ISP or a Web-hosting company, many of which offer managed security systems. GTE Internetworking, for example, offers a version of WatchGuard's system called GTE Security Advantage, which costs $795 per month, plus a one-time setup fee of $995.

Other ISPs and Web-hosting companies offering similar security systems are PSINet and Verio Inc.. Another option is using services from a new crop of vendors called managed security suppliers, such as LURHQ Corp., which works with Fortune 1000 companies, and Internet Security Systems Inc..

Melissa Campanelli is a technology writer in Brooklyn, New York, who has covered technology for Mobile Computing & Communications and Sales & Marketing Management magazines. You can reach her at mcampanelli@earthlink.net.

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This article was originally published in the February 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: A Wall Of Fire.

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