Malware, ransomware, trojan infections. Credential abuse, brute force attacks. Enough to deal with, without vulnerabilities and exploits already within the technology you use and rely on. Websites are shut down due to defacement and APT attacks daily. According to the Network Security Firewall Market report, “The global network security firewall industry generated $3.48 billion in 2020, and is estimated to generate $24.34 billion by 2030, witnessing a CAGR of 21.6% from 2020 to 2030.”
There are so many ways to lose your business and your money through unsafe internet and network security practices, so what are we missing? Let’s explore the world of network firewall, and why it’s the solution of choice for enterprise in 2021.
A hardware firewall, sometimes referred to as network or next-generation firewall, acts as a network gatekeeper. It is a physical piece of hardware, installed between the network elements, and user devices. It is responsible for filtering traffic for anomalies that might indicate a threat to users, the network, or devices. By filtering out unauthorized users or those with suspicious behavior, hardware firewall is an important element of a zero-trust network. Because of its position between the network and user devices, traffic is funneled through it for maximum control. Hardware firewall users love the granular traffic control, default rule-setting to help automate security, and control of all user access and behavior.
Hardware firewall is being widely adopted in a range of different scenarios including:
Hardware Firewall relies on the hardware for information security and have many benefits including:
Government emphasis on security has sent many enterprises in search of a network security solution that can handle website defacement and targeted cyber-attack. Going with local partners is always a great way to start in the search for your hardware firewall.
Many small and medium sized businesses don’t have the resources to keep a full time security team on staff. Many are choosing to use managed security services, working closely with a team of network security professionals and experts, paid to operate the technology to protect your network, and stop any attacks.
When choosing a hardware firewall, it’s a big investment, and thus critical that you consider several elements before you choose.
A next generation firewall (NGFW) is a network security firewall device that provides both the stateful inspection of a traditional firewall, with the added elements of application control, integrated intrusion prevention, and cloud-delivered machine learning, AI and threat intelligence.
A next-generation firewall, like Sangfor NGAF, is the best of both worlds, with the personalization options of software firewall, the power and protection of a hardware firewall. Lower the cost, provide better security and flexibility compared to the traditional network firewall.
Open-source firewall is software distributed with a license that allows users to use the program source code. Open source firewall is updated by the open-source community, and thus is sometimes slow to adopt new functions. Open source firewall is a great way to start on your firewall journey. Consider one of these 5 open source firewalls.
Next generation firewall, like Sangfor Next-Generation Firewall (NGAF) is the solution of choice in 2021! Sangfor NGAF can be deployed in conjunction with Sangfor Hyper converged Infrastructure (HCI) and Endpoint Secure, their endpoint detection engine, to further protect the customers network, and to launch incident response actions. NGAF also works closely with Sangfor’s entire suite of security appliances and solutions including, Neural-X, Engine Zero, Cyber Command and Platform-X.
Absolutely. It’s the first line of defense against harmful network traffic. It provides more comprehensive protection than a software firewall, is easier to install and update, and works 24/7.
Normally, a hardware firewall comes as a single unit with software pre-installed. Some hardware firewalls work on general OSs like Linux, most Firewalls come with an operating system specifically designed to run the related software, reducing the risk of attack using vulnerabilities.
Hardware firewall requires a higher initial investment than software firewall, as it requires hardware installation. While software firewall costs less to deploy, you may find that over time you will pay more for the monthly subscription fee than you would have ultimately paid for a hardware firewall.
The primary difference between hardware and software firewall is that the hardware firewall runs on a physical device, while software firewall is installed on a machine. Most PCs come with built-in software firewall.
This will depend heavily on individual business needs. Hardware firewall is more secure, protects more computers and endpoints, and runs on its own power, not affecting computer performance. Hardware firewall is also easier to update and deploy, making the initial financial investment well worth it. Software firewall is better for businesses with smaller budgets, fewer endpoints or PCs or fewer employees. With software firewall’s lower price tag comes lower inspection and protection capabilities, and complex deployment and maintenance.
Setup the firewall rules may be different from case to case, but there are some basic practices:
What should be the first step toward a network security-conscious future for your business? There is no solution that is 100% secure, but by layering the right security solutions on top of the right foundation, you significantly reduce your risk of losing money, data and reputation to cyber-attack. Hardware firewall provides the foundation on which we build our fortress of network security-solitude.