Organizations are fighting off cyber attacks that put sensitive information at risk. The problem is only growing with this data being sold for billions of dollars, cultivating a new criminal industry. It is thus crucial to have advanced and trusted security solutions to keep your workspaces safe in a world that is witnessing data threats rise at an alarming rate.
A definition of next generation firewalls?
Next Generation Firewalls offers both internal and external security by filtering network security with its deeper content inspection capabilities in addition to stateful firewalls such as NGFWs, IP mapping, Network monitoring and packet filtering, IPsec and SSL VPN support. This makes NGFWs better agents counter-attack any malware and harmful threats ensuring advanced visibility on attack spaces. In addition to this, trusion prevention, SSL inspection and application control is also provided, offering next-gen protection. Traditional firewalls failed to deliver on this promise, compromising client experience and exposing organizations to irreparable damage. Furthermore, NGFWs ensure safe routes to future updates, allowing organizations to evolve despite the changing threat landscapes in the modern world. Simply put, next-generation firewalls are the backbone of today's network security solutions.
What is the Main Benefit of a Next Generation Firewall?
NGFWs supports organizations in numerous ways:
Protects the network against viruses and trojans
It is very common for viruser to make their way into your systems with downloads. NGFWs are known for identifying and preventing these viruses from entering your systems and avoiding any damage.
Blocks known productivity wasters
Users can now control apps and protect themselves from malicious sites. Some of common use cases:
unwanted social media apps that are not needed as part of the job functions can be blocked
Allow apps/websites where needed such as lounges, cafes or with marketing teams.
Control what features of an application are to be used,
Set priority applications for bandwidth (such as VOIP).
Disable chat features of some of the apps (such as Facebook, Instagram) only allowing for posts
5. Saving time and resources
Identifies bandwidth hogs and mitigates risk
NGFW helps monitor user traffic and sees who can pass through your network, limiting the unwanted users and allowing for only legitimate traffic to enter.
Simplifies administration, helping save money
It saves you from purchasing multiple security solutions as it is a many-in-one solution. The Intrusion prevention systems (IPS) which were separately purchased alongside firewalls traditionally, is now integrated with NGFWs.
The standard time to detect a threat is between 100 - 200 days on average however NGFWs allow organizations to catch threats in seconds allowing you to take immediate action to mitigate risks.
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