Looking for information for college project.



  • Hi all,

    I'm doing a project on Unified Threat Management Solutions with PfSense installed, which focuses on Firewall, IDS/IPS and VPN. My supervisor would like some information and confirmation of this type of solution used in a real business environment. If you could help me it would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks



  • I'm not sure what info you or your prof are expecting. Yes, companies use firewalls, IDS's and VPN's. Whether they're all-in-one solutions living on one box or multiple pieces connected together is another story.



  • Thanks for the reply,
    Could you provide me with some possible academic resources on the location of UTMS in the network and how they are being used so I can prove my type of solution is a valid one?
    Thanks for the help,
    Rebecca



  • No.


  • Netgate Administrator

    A UTM would run at the edge of your network directly between your internal subnet(s) and WAN. It's unified so everything is there.
    Not really sure what sort of documentation you might want here.

    Steve



  • What additional information can you give us about your project?

    Scope?
    What are you trying to solve or what use cases are you trying to accommodate?

    You’ve asked a very broad question that could easily turn into a 2-hour conference call just to establish a baseline.

    To broadly answer your question: Yes, pfSense can do what you want it to do, and, yes, it’s used commercially. I have three companies using it, and I am using is for my own company.



  • @tim-mcmanus I'm trying to implement a pfsense solution with snort and V. P. N remote management. I'm stating that this could be a possible on premise security solution for a small-medium sized company, but that's just my word so I'm just looking for some valid reference that a business would/are using this type of solution.



  • @rebecca said in Looking for information for college project.:

    @tim-mcmanus I'm trying to implement a pfsense solution with snort and V. P. N remote management. I'm stating that this could be a possible on premise security solution for a small-medium sized company, but that's just my word so I'm just looking for some valid reference that a business would/are using this type of solution.

    Yes, this is possible and is a very common use case for pfSense.

    In my installations I am not using Snort. I have other things layered in front of the perimeter for different clients. However, I use the VPN to perform remote management. The remote management is manual, there is no automation built into what I am doing. I don’t have a need for that.

    Does that help?


  • LAYER 8 Global Moderator

    So you think the for example the XG-1541-HA with a $5k price tag is being used by home power users? ;)

    Whole reason they started the 24/7 support options where for the enterprise... You think home users buy such support plans? ;)

    Do you want list of logo's that use pfsense? I would reach out to them directly if they would share such info - but can tell you for sure its in the 1000's for companies using them in some shape or form.. Either with appliance, DIY or some IT guy at some ma and pop shop running the CE version on some box he hobbled together from boss old PC, etc.



  • I have installed three official Netgate pfSense boxes at three different small businesses (2 restaurants and manufacturing plant), including one at my home.


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