Next-Generation (NGFW) or Unified Threat Management (UTM) firewalls form the core of all security architecture. Whether the firewalls are designed to create a simple trusted, versus untrusted zone model or implement a micro-segmentation model, firewalls are still the primary security control that limits attackers reaching and compromising your valued information assets.
Firewalls Should Provide A Sophisticated Protection Layer
Firewalls must provide more than basic protection and should understand traffic at a protocol and business-use level. To proactively block persistent attackers and manage bandwidth and traffic prioritization, firewalls should integrate with, and enhance authentication systems and be able to integrate with intrusion prevention systems.
A good security strategy should include the use of firewalls and their Next Generation features to discern, detect, prevent and remedy security vulnerabilities.
With organizational data scattered everywhere from on-premise networks, across the cloud to mobile devices, a firewall needs to do far more than create a Trusted and Untrusted network zone and then pass traffic between the two.
Firewalls need to integrate with your IT strategy by:
- Presenting on-premise applications to the Internet and giving your users secure corporate access to any authorized applications, from any device, anywhere, any time.
- Providing visibility to how cloud services are being used (authorized and unauthorized) by tracking use of Software as a Service.
- Taking advantage of global threat intelligence feeds to stop attackers before they even scan your network.
- Defending your applications by blocking attempts to exploit known vulnerabilities.
Maximize Next Generation Firewalls
Trying to implement these features as technical projects without integrating them to a security or IT strategy can lead to ineffective policies and practices.
Make the Most of Your Firewalls with SpearHead Networks
As a full-service security, consulting firm, we can help you integrate your next generation firewall with other security controls and align the policies with your business objectives.
Whether you need an audit or a health check to ensure your current system is meeting your organization’s security goals, or you want a full overhaul and redesign of your firewalls, SpearHead Networks can help you make the most of your firewalls.