Next-generation firewall products: Ready or not, here they come

While many information security teams may be perfectly happy with the "old" firewall and its role in the network security infrastructure, next-generation firewall products are here, ready or not, and they offer a new world of advanced capabilities. As networks become more complex, these products can effectively keep a network manageable and secure. However, it is crucial to ensure that you are prepared for the expanded role a next-generation firewall (NGFW) plays.

In this video, network security expert David Strom discusses the distinguishing characteristics of next-gen firewall products, such as application granularity and awareness, IP reputation management, and integrated IPS. Additionally, Strom explores the various issues you may encounter with NGFW deployments, such as out-of-date network documentation and the misuse of existing firewalls in a network infrastructure. Finally, Strom discusses the pros and cons of unified threat management (UTM) tools, since they are frequently mentioned alongside NGFWs.

About the author:
David Strom is a freelance writer and professional speaker based in St. Louis. He is former editor in chief of TomsHardware.com, Network Computing magazine and DigitalLanding.com. Read more from Strom at David Strom's Web Informant.

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