Question about Efficient Networks 5930 ADSL Business Gateway (120-5930-901) Router
Does the concept of keeping a firewall patched with the latest updates apply to a software firewall, hardware firewall, or both. I ask because I'm a regulator, and part of our work program specifically identifies the importance of keeping "the firewall" patched and updated. I understand the concepts of both hardware and software firewall, but my colleagues are non technical. We were recently at a small bank that used a Siemens/Efficient 5930 Gateway with a built in firewall. My colleagues thought the bank should be written up for not updating their firewall. I told them, in most cases that a hardware firewall usually requires much less patching than a software firewall. In fact, I could find a firmware update for this model anywhere. Any guidance is appreciated.
If the updates indicate that they correct a security flaw then they should be applied.
If the updates add features or enhance features then they are not critical and should be considered optional.
I have audited banks and the most important thing is to make sure that any problems reported by their last federal audit are addressed before the next audit. Get the bank to give you their last federal audit report and go from there.
Posted on Aug 08, 2009
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