When your organization installed that sleek new firewall a few years back, it was the latest and greatest iteration of network security. It promised to beat all known cyber threats. However, is it still doing enough to protect your network?
Higher Internet Speeds, Same Slow Firewall
With business applications, services and data being moved to Cloud Service Providers like Microsoft Office 365 or Azure, the requirement for more affordable high speed Internet is needed now more than ever. Layer on additional security checks or VPN to your current firewall, and you will likely find that your perimeter appliance is now your biggest bottleneck. Next-generation firewalls allow for higher throughput even with advanced security options enabled.
Advanced Security Options to Cater to Your Needs
On legacy firewalls, some viewed deep packet inspection and intrusion detection as all that was needed to sleep well at night. Today, cyber threats have more paths into and, in many cases, out of our networks. In order to continue to adapt to tomorrow’s threats, next-generation firewalls add the following additional security layers:
- Intrusion Prevention – designed to detect and drop attacks above and beyond the normal firewall function.
- Anti-Malware and Anti-Virus Protection – continuously updated malware and virus definitions to protect your network against the latest “bug” getting in or out.
- URL Filtering – prevents your users from going to unapproved Internet content, which helps them focus on the task at hand.
- Application Control – prioritizes or completely denies specific applications.
You may be in the market to replace your old firewall to help improve your security posture. You might even already own a next-generation firewall, but need verification that you are making the most of all of the above security layers. Peters & Associates can help! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.