News Factor: Firewalls for Safeguarding Windows Networks

Windows networks are ground zero for the security problems plaguing enterprises. While some experts recommend greater operating-system diversification to reduce vulnerability, that piece of advice matters little when your network is already awash in Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) server and client products.
But there is hope. Firewall vendors are peddling software and appliance products that provide additional layers of protection against the worms and viruses that exploit weaknesses in Windows software. The following three products all approach the problem differently — one through personal firewall management, another through gateway enforcement of antivirus protection, and a third through actual application-level inspection. (full story)