The way we work has changed. There is no longer a single control point in the network to secure our users, data, and applications. It’s time to move beyond the traditional concept of a firewall and embrace a new model of the firewall.
Reimagine the firewall as your foundation to enforce robust security everywhere you need it. Let’s look at some tips to consider when choosing a firewall on your journey to a more comprehensive security strategy.
Think bigger than a single control point
Once upon a time, the firewall sat on the network edge and protected an entire organization. But times change, and so has your network. Today, hard-and-fast perimeters are a thing of the past. Firewalls must enforce common policy with control points everywhere. Intelligent control points and comprehensive visibility where you need it—that’s firewalling—delivered by appliances, virtual appliances, cloud-delivered firewalls, and application and workload control. With a comprehensive firewalling strategy, consistent security controls are deployed everywhere you need them. Gathering, sharing, and responding to context about users, locations, and devices, as well as helping ensure you meet your organization’s security requirements. This integrated approach offers full visibility with prioritized alerts, unified policy, shared threat intelligence, and stronger user and device authentication.
Explore cloud-based management
Piecemeal management, inconsistent policies, and having to update your firewall manager are just more work. With cloud management, that’s taken care of for you by your preferred vendor. Centralized, cloud-based management can help security teams cut through complexity and align policies throughout the organization. Policies can be written once and quickly enforced across thousands of enforcement points.
With a single management console, objects can be compared across all devices to uncover inconsistencies and optimize your security posture. As your organization grows, new deployments can automatically inherit the latest policies. Think of all the ways your organization could benefit from a cloud-based management solution.
Make it part of an open security platform
Investing in a firewall should meet your needs for today and for the future. Confidently secure your business with a broad, integrated, and open security platform that protects your environment and automates playbooks.
Open platforms strengthen your security by unifying visibility across all parts of your security infrastructure—regardless of which vendor’s products you have. A platform approach, with firewall at its foundation, enables better decision making with comprehensive threat detection, security analytics, and common policy management. The best platforms reduce complexity with out-of-the-box integrations. They automate security workflows for threat investigation, hunting, and remediation. It’s a great way to strengthen operational efficiency and precision, while lowering your operational costs.
The world is changing rapidly and maybe your organization is, too. Regardless, you need an IT vendor that can support your team for what’s now and what’s next. We can help you attain effective security to face tomorrow’s evolving threats. Protect your infrastructure with best-of-breed products on an integrated, open platform so you can materially enhance your security posture while lowering operational costs.