A Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW)
- Helps to prevent breaches
- Provide deep visibility to identify and stop threats swiftly
- Helps to save time and work smarter by automating your network and security operations
Next-generation firewalls filter network traffic to safeguard an organization from external threats. It allows or stops traffic based on state, port, and protocol, and filters traffic based on administrator-defined rules. Providing features of stateful firewalls such as VPN support, network monitoring, packet filtering, and IP mapping features, NGFWs also have deeper inspection abilities that give them an improved capability to identify attacks, malware, and other threats.
Besides simple IP and port-based access control, next-generation firewall (NGFW) can block sophisticated threats such as advanced malware and application-layer attacks. NGFWs not only blocks malware but also include paths for future updates, providing the flexibility to evolve and keep the network safe and secure as new threats arise.
According to Gartner’s definition, a next-generation firewall must include:
- Standard firewall capabilities like stateful inspection
- Integrated intrusion prevention
- Application awareness and control to find out and block risky apps
- Threat intelligence sources
- Upgrade paths to incorporate future information feeds
- Techniques to address evolving security threats
With appropriate and robust NGFW solutions, enterprises can effectively manage logs while ensuring the integrity and enhanced business continuity.