[ISN] shake.net Firewall Survey Results

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Date: Sun Apr 19 1998 - 12:05:50 PDT

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    During March and April of this year, Shake Communications conducted a
    Firewall survey based upon user perception. Many people sent us E-Mail
    asking for the results and it was our intention to post them to relevant
    newsgroups and mailing lists. Therefore we have provided a brief summary
    below for everyone to read. The full report can be viewed at
    The Usage and Perceptions of Firewalls Study conducted by Shake
    Communications Pty Ltd is now complete. The full report can be viewed at
    In brief, the study involved a survey of 150 information technology
    professionals, from different countries, who are subscribers to security
    related mailing lists and Newsgroups on the Internet, in relation to their
    use of, and preference for, firewall products.
    The results confirm the clear lead CheckPoint Software Technologies, Inc has
    in terms of both market share and reputation (for making the best firewall
    product - CheckPoint Firewall-1). CheckPoint holds 35% of the market
    represented by the sample in the survey, with the next highest market share
    of 6% held by Trusted Information Systems for its product, Gauntlet Internet
    Firewall System. A 7% share is held by Secure Computing over both its
    Sidewinder and Borderware products, which hold 2% and 5% of the market
    In addition, 35% of the sample regarded CheckPoint Firewall-1 to be the
    "best" firewall product, with only 8% voting Trusted Information Systems
    Gauntlet Internet firewall System as the best. Interestingly, this is
    slightly more than the 6% who actually used Gauntlet.
    In other findings, 51% of the sample reported that their organisation
    conducts a firewall audit every 1-2 months. This is generally performed by a
    Firewall/Security Administrator (35%) or an external consultant (23%). The
    most commonly used operating system among the sample is Solaris with a 29%
    share of respondents, followed by Windows NT with 21%. 40% of the
    respondents work in the Computer/Information System/Information Technology
    industry. The industry with the next highest representation is manufacturing
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