Firewall Product Developer's Consortium (FWPD)

About the Firewall Product Developer's Consortium

The ICSA Labs Firewall Product Developer's Consortium (FWPD) was established in 1995 to provide a forum in which developers of competing firewall products could work toward common goals to benefit both members and end users. Since then it has developed into an international group dedicated to collectively identifying and solving today's Internet security problems.

The Role of ICSA Labs

ICSA Labs provides dedicated consortium project management, working toward consortium objectives. ICSA Labs provides support through a variety of communication mechanisms, including:

  • Dedicated Listserv
  • ICSA Labs public Firewall Web site
  • Threaded-discussion Web site
  • Quarterly Meetings

Mission

The mission of the Firewall Product Developer's Consortium is to use the expertise from firewall developers to continually identify and evaluate security issues and to develop certification, knowledge and information-based solutions.

Membership Benefits:

Improve Quality - Consortium developed standards, information and communication access will lead to the implementation of better security measures resulting in a safer network environment.

Influence - Members help develop product certification criteria which will be used to test products throughout the industry.

Special projects - ICSA Labs produces an annual Firewall Buyers Guide to help shorten the sales cycle and provide members additional exposure

Expand the Market - Through end user education, vendors will gain increased recognition and credibility with the public.

Increase Sales - In addition to increased market access, firewall product certification provides additional sales punch by providing visibility and status, identifying the member's product as certified.

Improve Expertise - The consortium provides an opportunity to become fluent in the issues, peculiarities, and progress of policy and technology within the entire firewalls environment, thereby increasing the vendor's value to their customer.