IT Networks

Security Solution-NGFWs​

NGFWs for Today’s IT Environment and Security Needs​

NGFWs Enterprise Networks

Next-generation firewalls

Next-gen firewalls (NGFWs) effectively safeguard corporate networks against intrusions and attacks. They feature integrated security platforms, comprising deep packet inspection firewalls, intrusion prevention systems (IPSes), application control, SSL/SSH inspection, website filtering, and bandwidth management. Selecting the ideal NGFW for an organization’s IT setup can pose a significant challenge.

Selecting the ideal NGFW for an enterprise demands thorough research. Companies must explore and evaluate various NGFW products to create a shortlist. Opting for the highest-rated NGFW in the market isn’t necessary. Instead, organizations should prioritize choosing the NGFW that aligns with their unique enterprise needs and requirements, as what’s considered “best” may not always be the best fit.

Questions to consider when

looking for the best NGFW vendor product include

What products does the IT Networks offer?

How is their firewall sold and what are the prices?

Which features require additional licenses?

What makes their product stand out from others on the market?

Can you explain the target market for their firewall in simpler terms?

What advanced firewall features are included in the basic product?

Is their firewall suitable for cloud providers, big companies, or small to medium-sized businesses?

NGFWs Enterprise Networks

Edge Security of Enterprise Network

Security Requirements

Core Capabilities

How to Select Your NGFW

When you buy a product, you get the software and a license to use it. But remember, you don't actually own the software—the company that made it does. You're bound by their terms and conditions. NGFW products need licenses for each device, and extra licenses might be needed for special features. Check Point and Fortinet are sold through middlemen, while others sell directly or through partners.

Pricing varies widely between vendors and even within their own offerings. Cisco, for instance, charges per user, ranging from $1,100 for 1-99 users to $100,000 for 5,000+ users. Palo Alto offers numerous pricing options, from $1,300 to $38,640,000 for three-year contracts.

Smaller NGFW needs have simpler pricing, while bigger enterprises have more options but also more bargaining power. Licenses usually last 1-3 years, with volume discounts as users increase. It's wise not to pay full price, especially by timing purchases around month- or quarter-end to take advantage of sales pressures.

Currently, HP TippingPoint is the sole NGFW vendor that doesn't offer a free trial version. However, all other vendors provide a downloadable full virtual appliance or virtual machine (VM) version for a free 30-day trial. Juniper stands out by offering potential customers a trial version lasting 30 to 90 days, allowing them to thoroughly test it on their network.
The key strategy for defending enterprise network environments against attacks always revolves around assessing risk. The level of protection, or controls, should align with the value of the assets at risk. When considering implementing a NGFW for protection, it's crucial to understand the various NGFW vendor products and models that best suit your organization and business model.

For instance, a small to medium-sized business might not find McAfee NGFW suitable, as its SMB appliance offers limited features with only a Firewall License. Similarly, Barracuda offers separate appliances and licenses for large enterprises and SMBs.

Among the vendors evaluated, Check Point, Palo Alto, Fortinet, and Cisco emerged as notable choices in the April 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls, particularly for large enterprises. Other NGFW products may fall under "niche players," primarily catering to SMBs. Some clients have noted features available in their chosen NGFW but haven't activated them due to time constraints or lack of knowledge.

Selecting the right NGFW vendor and model involves several steps: identifying potential vendors, creating a shortlist, conducting a proof of concept, seeking references, considering costs, gaining management approval, and negotiating contracts. Total cost of ownership (TCO) is a critical factor in decision-making.

Additionally, it's important to consider the skill set of your staff and the growth expectations for your enterprise when making your decision. These factors all play a significant role in choosing the most suitable NGFW solution.

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