Understanding the Next-Gen Firewall

Category: GeneralPublished on 2020 Jan, 08
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Most companies have some sort of firewall. Many feel a false sense of protection and don’t even know the potential risks of insufficient armor. Next-Gen Firewalls are the evolution of the enterprise firewall coupled with several network devices filtering and security features to protect customers.


Most companies have some sort of firewall. Many feel a false sense of protection and don’t even know the potential risks of insufficient armor. As the first required building block for an overall network security posture, a firewall is designed to block unauthorized traffic from penetrating the network. In addition to a vast array of security policies a company should employ, maintaining a firewall can stretch far beyond a full-time job and ties up a lot of IT resources. Having a firewall alone is not enough. A firewall does not prevent viruses or malware from entering the network, it cannot detect intruders nor can it monitor network traffic. Next-Gen Firewalls are the evolution of the enterprise firewall coupled with several network devices filtering and security features to protect customers.

 

With so many cybersecurity risks it makes sense to invest in a managed firewall solution. A managed firewall solution takes on management, maintenance, and reporting.


It includes:


The Device: A centralized virtual or physical appliance (usually an enterprise-grade Palo Alto or Fortinet device) now part of a monthly contract moving it from CapEx to OpEx. As needs grow and a larger device is required, scale the solution without having to purchase a new device.


Firewall Maintenance: Updates, patch management, change management, and other maintenance is handled 24x7x365 by the vendor. This service will occur within an agreed-upon SLA to ensure needs are met in an acceptable timeframe.


Portal: Continuous visibility into perimeter security for monitoring, logging and reporting, all done through a cloud-based portal. View data and analytics, assess trends, utilize logs for audits and compliance requirements.

 

There is a lot to think about when considering a new or upgraded solution. Assessing your entire security policy, upcoming needs and how you plan to evolve their security posture in our ever-changing, high-threat environment is just a start. Contact TDS Networks today to learn more!

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