Next-generation firewalls represent the next major step in the development of firewall technology, combining the functionality of a traditional firewall with intrusion prevention while also adding detailed application awareness into the mix.
Next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) bring additional context to the firewall's decision-making process by providing the appliance with the capability of understanding the details of the Web application traffic passing through it and helping it take action to block traffic that could exploit potential vulnerabilities.
This essential guide was designed to help enterprises better make firewall evaluations. It shows them how to cut through the marketing jargon of next-gen firewalls and make clear not only what an NGFW can provide in an enterprise setting but also help the organization determine which features to look for in an NGFW to ensure it best fulfills business needs.
1The ins and outs of NGFWs-
An intro to next-gen firewalls
The NGFW emerged after the need to combine the functionality of a traditional firewall and intrusion prevention system arose. However, the ins and outs of the technology elude many security departments, leaving them wondering if it's all just marketing jargon or reality. Learn the truth here.
2The benefits of an NGFW -
What can a next-generation firewall do for your enterprise?
An NGFW is good for more than just consolidating firewall and IPS functions into a single product. Next-gen firewalls also help manage and protect against traffic on unknown ports, help implement identity-based policies, and secure remote and mobile users.
Learn about the greatest benefit of a next-generation firewall: its ability to combine in one product administrative and policy resources for traditional IPS and firewalls. Continue Reading
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3NGFW vendors and products-
Evaluating next-generation firewall vendors
Buying a next-generation firewall is a big decision to make, so don't jump in feet-first. Prior to making a buying decision, it is critical to know the criteria for making an evaluation on a number of factors, including integration, support options, functionality, product benefits and tradeoffs. Read on to learn more about these criteria and other "seal the deal" considerations.
4Is an NGFW in your future?-
What your enterprise needs to know before an NGFW purchase
So your organization thinks it is ready for a next-generation firewall? This section offers a number of final items to consider prior to sealing the deal on an NGFW purchase, about both the NGFW vendor and the product itself, to ensure your organization gets the most out of this investment.
5Must-know NGFW terms-
Next-generation firewall definitions
This glossary contains terms that security pros should be familiar with when embarking on their next-generation firewall journey.