Open All Outbound Ports?

From: tony tony (
Date: 11/08/02

Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2002 17:33:52 -0800 (PST)
From: tony tony <>


Our firewall group has came to me several times over the last few months
wanting my approval to open all of the “OUTBOUND” ports on our firewall facing
the internet. Their argument is that this would not significantly reduce our
security and it will reduce their time/effort in administration. They claim
they get several requests a week to open up out bound ports and the number
keeps growing each month. They want to go for the gusto…and open up all 65,000+
outbound ports.

I am in the security area and they want my agreement/sign off before they do
this. It just does not “feel/smell right” but I am losing ground with my
arguments. What are some good arguments I can use?


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