Technologies and Methodologies Evaluation

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Technologies and Methodologies EvaluationNameInstitutional AffiliationTo maintain a secure computing environment free from cyber-related crimes, a number of security measures must be put in place.Firewallis mainly designed to prevent or block any unauthorized access of private network information both to and from the network. It is a network security measure that controls the outgoing and incoming network traffic as per the set rules. It creates a barrier between secure trusted network and another network considered to be insecure and not trusted (Six, 2012).Firewalls can exist as either hardware or software, but the best firewall should consist of both. Apart from preventing access to your network and computer, firewalls also allow secure access to a private network through secure logins and authentication. Hardware based firewalls offer other security measures to a private network, they act as a dynamic host configuration protocol (DHCP) server for that particular network. Used on IP networks whichdistributesnetwork configuration parameters like IP addresses (Whitman & Mattord, 2012).Hardware firewalls are mainly found in broadband routers although they can be bought as a standalone product. Firewalls must be considered when setting up a network as an important requirement. Hardware firewalls at least have four network ports to connect to other different computers. On the other hand, just like any other software, software firewalls are also installed on the i

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