Firewall Cowboyz Set the Stage to Free Innocent Convict
August 18, 2000
In an odd-but-true turn of events, a firewall vendor is responsible for
helping to assist the freeing of an innocent man who spent 10 years too
long incarcerated in Texas. Roy Criner, has been serving a 99 year sentence
for a rape and murder of a 16 year old girl that he never committed. Based
on circumstantial evidence of three witnesses, Criner was sentenced in
1990. In 1997 DNA evidence was presented that exonerated Criner.
1. Cowboyz.com specializes in Firewall Services
years of public outrage, this new turn of events got the attention of
Bob Burtman, a Houston Press Reporter. Burtman's articles were brought
to the attention of Cowboyz founder Noel Henson, who decided to build
a website, gratis, for what he felt was long overdue justice in need of
some attention. The firewall Cowboyz worked with Burtman to create a website
to help Criner get the badly needed exposure, so the prosecutor, sheriff,
and judge would take notice. On July 28th, with the judge's support, the
prosecutor recommended to the Texas Board of Paroles that Criner be released
Friday, July 28, state District Court Judge Michael Mayes read a prepared
statement to a Montgomery County courtroom packed with members of the
Criner family and the media. "This court feels the pain and anger from
both sides of this case," Mayes stated, acknowledging the victim's family
as well as the community. Judge Mayes went on to say that, "Justice is
not a static, unmoving and unliving thing." Mayes was the judge who had
recommended a new trial when the first DNA test excluded Criner. After
the latest evidence, Judge Mayes concluded that Criner was innocent, and
signed a request for a pardon.
mother, Jackie, believes that Roy would still be looking at a life sentence
if it hadn't been for the efforts of the media, his lawyer, and Cowboyz.com.
It is Ms. Criner's belief that Montgomery County acted only after public
pressure and new evidence made continued erroneous accusations difficult.
Cowboyz.com specializes in firewall security products and consultations,
they started out as a local ISP, connecting users to the Internet, and
building websites. Founded in 1996 by Noel Henson and Ray Browne, Cowboyz.com
gradually transitioned to an Internet security company after discovering
that small businesses were leaving themselves incredibly exposed to security
vulnerabilities. Their initial customers were so insecure that Henson
and Browne began putting together security products to protect their customer
to a Cowboyz.com spokesman, most customers were originally in denial about
how insecure their networks were. After they got past the denial stage,
their next excuse would be that they couldn't afford security. Cowboyz
gave these customers just what they needed, affordable security, and a
support package to go with it. Self-funded and privately held, Cowboyz.com
now has 15 employees, with 5 of them specialized security engineers.
With over 70 firewall products on the market, getting attention in this
swelling IT segment is not as easy at it used to be. Oddly enough, a weird
event such as this can get the industry analysts to at least notice you,
and say, "I wonder if their firewall is any good?" We took a look at the
Cowboyz firewall to find out just what its features were, and how well
it can keep real outlaws off your network.
appliance firewall, known as iWall, operates at over 400Mhz, and is a
based on a proxy architecture. Proxy firewalls are extremely secure if
configured properly. The iWall can accommodate 64-87MB ram, and can support
four 100base Fast Ethernet T/10base T Ethernet connections, as well as
a T1 line, and an extra port for another interface. For a standard security
demilitarized zone (DMZ), these are all the interfaces one typically needs.
on Linux, the iWall supports NAT in three configurations, one to one
addressing, one to many addressing, and many to many - range to range
network addressing. The most requested network protocols, IP, TCP, UDP,
HTTP, and HTTPS all run on the iWall, as well as RFC compliant routing
protocols: ICMP, ARP, and CIDR. You do not need to reboot the iWall after
changing a rule, or adding a rule, and both user rules and network rules
can be defined. The iWall has built-in site-to-site VPN support, and
includes a secure remote access VPN client. Logging is done with syslog,
and all the major proxy services are supported.
$1,000.00 an install, hardware included, we don't think you will be able
to find a better price on a working firewall out there. Cowboyz.com offers
a three-tiered monthly maintenance and support package that runs from
$249.00 up to $524.00 depending on whether your support contract is a
1, 2, or 3 year contract. This includes daily backups and monitoring.
the "arms race" in network security is ongoing, the Cowboyz iWall team
feels that the service aspect of the product - Cowboyz's monitoring the
firewall remotely for intrusions and regularly updating the firewall configuration
to ward off the latest in hacking techniques - is more important to the
customer's network security than the firewall appliance itself. Cowboyz
security technicians assert that an outdated, poorly configured firewall
is sometimes more dangerous than lacking a firewall altogether, because
an aging firewall setup lulls network administrators into a false sense
companies like Cowboyz.com available, financial excuses for not securing
your network don't hold water anymore. Even small companies can now
afford to protect their networks.
- As a
self-funded company, Cowboyz.com can afford to do a quality job, without
having to worry about flying through installations at a dangerously
fast pace in order to satisfy revenue quotas, venture capitalists, and
- The iWall
may not the be most feature-rich firewall on the market, but it's a
solid appliance, and we're sure your network will be safer with one
that without one.
Roy Criner is released from the pokey, he may even want to learn a bit
about network security and find out how firewall cowboyz take care of