What is FDT.
FDT is an acronym for "Firewall Design Tool" and is the software product that we have developed to enable organisations to model, manage & monitor their communication & data networks.
What is unique about FDT.
FDT allows organisations to specify a collection of "security policies" that will be applied across a network. The network can be as large & as complex as you like, and can incorporate any type of equipment.
FDT works by combining the security policies with a description of the network, and then generates firewall rules for all the appliances on that network.
How Much does it Cost.
FDT is free to non-commercial users and for evaluation purposes. SME organisations (less than 10 employees) may purchase commercial licences for $149. Corporate & Source code licences are available under seperate terms.
How Do I get hold of FDT.
Download from this site.
What sort of system do I require to use FDT
FDT is written in Java, and therefore will run on any machine that supports the Java environment. So Macs, PC,s Unix, pretty much any modern computer will support FDT.
Which version of Java is required to run FDT
The current release has been developed using the Java Runtime Environment version 1.4, so will work on all later releases.
What if I have a non standard firewall product, how does FDT generate rules in the correct format.
FDT is written in Java, and the firewall emission functions are encapsulated into code objects called Java Beans. Documentation and examples are provided so that third parties can create and modify their own firewall generation modules.
Can FDT automatically explore and document a target network.
Yes & No, the current version requires the operator to describe and document the network using the GUI interface. Future versions will use SNMP to perform some of these functions automatically.
Can FDT automatically configure the firewalls.
The current version does not support this, but future versions will. The mechanism used to apply firewall rules will be encapsulated into code objects called Java Beans (referred to as Application Modules). Documentation and examples will be provided so that third parties can create and modify their own firewall application modules.