Auditing your Firewall Setup
Great article by Lance Spitzer on how to audit your firewall setup. The purpose of this paper is to help you verify your firewall is correctly implemented and behaves as you expect it.
Building the Firewall Rulebase
Mis-configured firewalls are one of the biggest risks security Admins face. This paper by Lance Spitzer describes in a step-by-step fashion how to build a secure firewall rulebase.
A Buyer's Guide to help you find out which firewalls offer as much automatic configuration and ease of use as possible. Source:
Windows 2000 Magazine (March 2000)
Firewalls for the Rest of Us
Network security can come at a price that's too high for small and midsized businesses. Firewall appliances and outsourced services can bring security to the masses. Source: Network Magazine (Sept. 1999)
Firewall Penetration testing
An excellent paper by Reto Haeni for his Computer Security class.
Hacker tools can get by even the most hardened firewalls. Source: Network Magazine (Aug 1999)
How to Pick an Internet Firewall
Must read article by Marcus Ranum
Personal Firewalls/Intrusion Detection
The complexity of PC operating systems, applications and browsers has contributed to continual discovery of security weaknesses (which the typical user cannot be expected to follow or understand). Until now the standard tool for defending Windows was the Anti-Virus scanner, but this
is no longer enough - the Personal Firewall has made it's debut and should soon become an essential tool for Windows users connected to hostile networks. Source: Security Portal (July 17, 2000)
Placing Backdoors through Firewalls v1.5
A must read before you put the finishing touches on your Firewall solution..
Thinking about Firewalls v2.0: Beyond Perimeter Security
By Marcus Ranum. Although it was written in 1993, this is still an excellent intro to Firewalls
The Ultimately Secure Firewall
A reality check from Marcus Ranum. Other articles by Marcus can be found here