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I have been tasked with locking down our Checkpoint smart console R81 access as currently the Trusted Client list is set to any host and nothing else.

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I have experience of adding and removing hosts from Trusted Client lists when there is no AnyHost 'rule' but with this I am nervous about adding specific devices and then deleting the AnyHost. My hesitancy is that I could lock everyone out of the firewall if I get it wrong or overlook something. How will I know that my added devices are working correctly before deleting AnyHost?

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In extreme, you can use the console port to regain access to the appliance - I'd familiarize myself with the console interface first.

Regulating access is a good thing (a must many might say). You should also consider configuring a dedicated VLAN for management.

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