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Next-generation firewalls

Technology has developed rapidly over the past few years and traditional enterprise network security solutions are no longer able to provide sufficient protection against new, sophisticated attacks.  A next-generation firewall (NGFW) is a network security system able to detect and block such sophisticated attacks by enforcing security policies at the application, port and protocol level.

A next generation firewall blends the capabilities of a traditional firewall with features not usually found in firewall products, such as intrusion preventions systems (IPS), SSL and SSH inspection, deep-packet inspection and repudiation-based malware detection as well as application awareness.  In addition, the firewall’s decision-making process has been developed to understand details of web application traffic, allowing it to block threats that might exploit vulnerabilities.

Unlike traditional firewalls, a next generation firewall provides:

  • Full visibility of what is happening on your network, to include all applications, web traffic, threats and data patterns.
  • Identification of zero-day exploits (link to previous blog), unknown malware and APTs, isolating threats in a virtual sandbox
  • Ability to block and remedy a variety of known and unknown vulnerability exploits
  • Mobile Device Management (MDM)
  • URL Filtering
  • Antivirus
  • Virtualisation security
  • Identification and control of inbound/outbound SSL
  • Compatibility for both IPv6 and IPv4
  • Secure connectivity via IPSec VPN
  • Centralized management
  • Logging and reporting

Paloalto and Fortinet both off a full range of next generation firewall designed for all sizes of business.

Speak to us today about upgrading your firewall!

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