When your business requires information security, Firewall Management is the first place to start. Today’s firewall market has greatly changed since the days that firewall management meant simply controlling the configurations of traditional inbound and outbound ports or services.
A smart IT professional can no longer use his firewall simply to treat external ports as “Untrusted” and internal ports as “Trusted”. Advanced attacks look for traditional setups and take advantages of those weaknesses such as the relative insecurity of a network once breached. Less security-aware devices like switches and routers offer little-to-no protection once a breach occurs.
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THE “NEXT” GENERATION OF FIREWALL MANAGEMENT
Next Gen Firewalls, as they are typically called, can provide protection far greater than traditional firewalls, while also doing a better job matching the requirements of today’s organizations, their IT professionals and users. Here are just a few of the areas that Next Gen Firewalls are better than the old standard:
Control Over Applications
Today’s networks are riddled with applications that make use of the kind of ports that used to be standard blocking lists a few years ago. Widespread use of applications such as Facebook and others that may be legitimately tied to the productivity of certain departments such as Marketing has rendered the old solutions ineffective.
Next Gen Firewalls offer application level controls so you can set user-based policies as well as policies for individual applications.
Security Infrastructure Complexity
Next Gen Firewalls attempt to reduce the complexity of your network by bundling functions of multiple programs and appliances that all attempt to secure different aspects of your network. Next Generation Firewalls can handle spam filtering, packet inspection, anti-virus scanning, and application control to name a few. Previously, these functions were handled separately by different appliances or software, each with their own platform, management interface, power requirements, and administrative overhead, adding greatly to your final total cost of ownership.
By providing effective ways to manage applications on a network and then scanning “allowed” applications for threats, Next Gen Firewalls can address threats by reducing your exposure to them and monitoring “good” applications for abuse.
Directory Services Integration
While this may be a relatively simple thing in the greater scheme, those professionals who have had to spend perfectly good time tracking down user 18.104.22.1684 can appreciate how much easier it is to address an issue when Joe, the new mail intern, is using the network to download “questionable” content.
Next Gen Firewalls are often faster than traditional firewall appliances. Older generation devices ran all operations on one unit, while next gen devices combine the power of local appliances and dedicated chipsets with cloud services to split the load for different tasks between whichever method is the most efficient; online or in-network.
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT FIREWALL MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION?
With all the options available from firewall providers these days, the choices can be overwhelming. You want to find the firewall appliance or cloud service that will best meet your objectives, but each situation may be different based on the makeup, setup, load, and nature of your network.
A true professional knows when to bring in outside help from a firm that offers a wide range of experience working with unique needs and setups, as well as direct hands-on experience within a range of solutions, in order to make informed recommendations.
Make the smart decision. Start with a hassle-free consultation from a qualified Burk representative.
Preferred Firewall Providers
Burk I.T. has a wide range of direct experience working with these and other firewall devices and services. Let us help find the right solution for your organization.
Fortinet firewall devices are an industry-leading product, offering both virtual and appliance-based services for high-end, mid-tier and small business solutions. Their product offerings include the industry’s fastest firewall appliance with 160 Gbps of throughput.
Barracuda Firewall Solutions
Barracuda firewalls have been an industry standard for years, and their no per-user, per-module, or VPN license fees simplify your pricing model by eliminating the incremental pricing that many industry providers have moved to. Barracuda’s solution to firewall management combines appliance and cloud-based technologies, enabling you to keep packets (network traffic) moving, while staying up-to-date on virus definitions and more.
Cisco Firewall Solutions
Firewall solutions from Cisco are a trusted industry standard. With both appliance and virtual firewall options available, there are many tiers of solution to fit your organization’s needs.
OpenDNS Umbrella Firewall Alternative
The OpenDNS firewall alternative takes a different approach to network security. Where even next-gen firewall, secure web gateway and sandbox solutions rely on IP connections to trigger scans of reputation feeds, proxies or payload analysis to identify network issues, OpenDNS analyzes internet infrastructure to discover where attacks are staged. Predictive intelligence actually kicks in BEFORE a connection is made.