As network attacks become more sophisticated and damaging, the role the enterprise firewall plays is more critical than ever. Vendors have responded to the new security attack environment by transforming the traditional firewall into nimble and multifaceted software and threat-aware programs. This essential guide walks you through the process of choosing the right firewall for your company, how to set it up and maintain it, and what you need to know about the future of next-generation firewalls.
1The firewall evolves-
With the increased need to upgrade network security, firewalls have transformed from hardware-based security systems to software and application programs. This section focuses on application-based firewalls. Read about the benefits of application proxy firewalls and learn the differences between a proxy firewall and a gateway server firewall.
Proxy firewalls have some definite advantages over firewall technologies such as packet-filtering firewalls and stateful inspection firewalls. Find out what they are and how they can benefit you. Continue Reading
Enterprises use different firewalls depending on their network needs. This article explains the functions of two major firewall designs -- application proxy and gateway server -- to help you decide which one is best for your network. Continue Reading
2Laying the groundwork for NGFW-
Next-gen firewalls: What makes them work
When choosing a firewall for your enterprise, you want the best protection your money can buy. This section covers some of the best enterprise firewalls and describes what you need to know when selecting the best approach for your particular network.
3Securing your firewall-
Firewall implementation and placement
Once you've decided on the right firewall for your enterprise, you'll be tasked with the job of setting it up. To ease the process, check out this list of tips and advice that will help you deploy your firewalls in an increasingly complex networking environment.
4Controlling your firewall-
Manage, maintain for best results
It's time to examine firewall management best practices, management policy and overall firewall maintenance. When it comes to next-generation firewalls, there are specific features that can be helpful. Learn when having a multivendor firewall system can benefit your network.
Sometimes firewall ports have to be kept open for business purposes. How does this mesh with firewall policy management? Continue Reading
5NGFW: securing the enterprise-
Enterprise-grade firewalls take the next step
Next-generation firewalls enhance the sophistication of the traditional firewall and bring a new level of protection to the enterprise. But security threats continue to grow. Where are NGFWs headed?
Learn what one expert says about the future of firewalls. Continue Reading