For any enterprise, getting the network security basics right is critical, and next-generation threats require a next-generation approach. The challenge for network security architects today is to ensure network security tools work with each other rather than alongside each other, and not just at the network edge, but within the network itself.
Many network security systems are difficult to implement and require a trained staff to oversee updates and maintenance. The high overhead costs associated with this oversight means many network security tools are not implemented fully in the enterprise, leaving those organizations vulnerable to emerging threats and determined hackers.
Next-generation network security tools aim to correct this by providing overlapping protection to implement a defense-in-depth strategy. Firewalls, secure Web gateways, and intrusion prevention systems thwart attacks at the network's edge, while malware sandboxes provide strategic depth, and network access control tools protect the network from within.
The evolution of network security for the enterprise
Today's threats against data networks are more powerful than ever before. Next-generation security tools -- an essential element to network security basics -- provide defense-in-depth through tight integration and information sharing to better correlate potential threats.
Today's sophisticated network security technologies work together to provide a tighter net and block malicious behavior both within and at the edge of the network. Continue Reading
2Do I need?-
The business case for network security tools
Next-generation security tools can help prevent data breaches that put the enterprise at risk from both a regulatory and customer trust perspective. A robust network security posture can also lower overhead costs and allow businesses to expand into BYOD, cloud services, IoT and other undertakings.
A unified network security platform can offer organizations significant savings by helping them to reduce outages and the number of security components being managed. Continue Reading
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3How to buy-
Criteria to consider when buying network security products
Before making your purchasing decision, consider where your mission-critical data resides, how devices access your network, and how your network security tools will be deployed.
Before purchasing a network security system, consider where your data is located, who has access, where security tools will be deployed and if they're part of a unified strategy. Continue Reading
4Which should I buy?-
Which network security products should I buy?
Network security basics call for a comprehensive examination of the wide range of network security products now available in the marketplace. But narrowing these down to the select few you will deploy in your network requires patience and a focused approach. Before you take the steps to buy, check out our comparison of the market's leading network security products.
The key to selecting the network security product that will work best for your organization is choosing tools that will work together as a unified security strategy. Continue Reading
5Top product overviews-
A glance at the top network security products
Take a look at our product overviews of the leading network security vendors. These overviews cover products from the four essential categories -- malware sandboxes, secure Web gateways, NGFWs and network access control -- discussed earlier in the guide.
The Check Point NGFW comes with firewall throughput of up to 70 Gbps and support for up to 3 million connections per second. It can be deployed in SMBs and large enterprises. Continue Reading
Cisco ASA firewall products are Cisco's offering in the growing NGFW market. With FirePower intrusion prevention, they support deployments in small, medium and large businesses. Continue Reading
Equipped with mobile security and endpoint protection solutions, Palo Alto firewall products are suitable for a range of deployments, including large and small enterprises. Continue Reading
The Cisco Identity Services Engine network access control system can be deployed as an appliance or virtual machine in a private cloud and offers compatibility for BYOD devices. Continue Reading
Tightly integrated with existing Palo Alto next-generation firewalls, the Palo Alto WildFire cloud-based malware sandbox service supports both public and private cloud deployments. Continue Reading