Securing a network can be difficult with a limited budget and staff. Next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) offer small businesses an affordable solution.
Today’s threats are costly, persistent, and complex. Attackers will try to slip through any gaps in protection and evade detection. They jeopardize customer data, corporate secrets, and intellectual property.
To secure your network, you need an integrated defense that uses threat-centric hardware and software. They work together seamlessly across the network and are managed from a single interface.
Together they form a powerful lineup of hardware and software that neutralizes cyberthreats. You gain protection before, during, and after an attack.
To properly manage an integrated threat defense, your central console must give you complete visibility.
You have three options for firewall management: on-box, centralized, or cloud based (for policy management only). For a small business, on-box and centralized management are most convenient. If you need to manage only one device, on-box makes the most sense. If you have multiple firewalls deployed, centralized management is the best option.
Whatever the case, you must be able to see the users, devices, threats, and vulnerabilities within your network.
Although next-generation firewalls have become more sophisticated, they can easily fit into a small business IT budget. Next-generation firewalls reduce complexity and cost by consolidating multiple layers of defense. In addition, next-generation firewalls automate routine security tasks and deliver robust, consistent security at scale.
A firewall with these features will help keep your network secure and compliant. (PDF)
Learn the difference between traditional and next-generation firewalls. (PDF)