8 Consecutive Years in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls

Sangfor is proud to announce that it has been named as a Visionary in the prestigious 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Network Firewalls.1 The latest recognition marks the 8th year Sangfor has been recognized in this Magic Quadrant (previously known as Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls) and the 2nd consecutive year as a Visionary.



table - Visionary in 2022 Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Network Firewalls

What it means to be a Visionary

The Gartner Magic Quadrant evaluates the vendors’ Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute on a set of criteria with different weightings. The Completeness of Vision is evaluated based on 8 criteria. Explaining a few as defined in Gartner report:

  • Market Understanding: Ability of the vendor to understand buyers' wants and needs and to translate those into products and services. Vendors that show the highest degree of vision listen to and understand buyers' wants and needs, and can shape or enhance those with their added vision.
  • Offering (Product) Strategy: The vendor's approach to product development and delivery that emphasizes differentiation, functionality, methodology and feature sets as they map to current and future requirements.
  • Innovation: Direct, related, complementary and synergistic layouts of resources, expertise or capital for investment, consolidation, defensive or pre-emptive purposes.

The Inspiration behind our Innovation

“We are extremely proud to once again be named as a Visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls,” says Darren Du, Vice President of Sangfor International Market. “Our Sangfor NGAF brand of next-generation firewall truly epitomizes Sangfor’s commitment to continuous innovation, with several industry-first capabilities such as the first AI-enabled and WAF-integrated NGFW. However, we believe that our recognition as a Visionary is an achievement to be shared with all the customers we have been privileged to serve. They provide us with their valuable feedback to inspire us to break new ground in our mission to safeguard their businesses, now and into the future.”

Sangfor NGAF Continues to Lead in Firewall Technology

Sangfor NGAF Next-generation Firewall is still moving forward with new innovations and product capabilities to tackle an ever-changing security threat landscape. Sangfor believes that its continued recognition in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls is because of the following capabilities/attributes:

AI-Powered Protection

Sangfor NGAF takes network perimeter security to the next level as the world's first AI-enabled next-generation firewall. Powered by Sangfor’s proprietary Engine Zero artificially intelligent malware detection engine and Neural-X threat intelligence (TI) platform, Sangfor NGAF is proven to keep 99.7%* of threats outside the network. Engine Zero has been trained using millions of malware samples to detect unknown malware and zero-day attacks while Neural-X TI feeds constantly enrich Sangfor NGAF with the latest indicators of compromise (IOCs) and adversary tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) to detect emerging threats.

Seamless Security Integration

As a core component of Sangfor’s Extended Detection, Defense and Response (XDDR) architecture, NGAF integrates seamlessly with Sangfor’s entire range of security products, including Endpoint Secure, Internet Access Gateway (IAG), and Cyber Command. By using purpose-built AI models to correlate events across the network, Cyber Command detects advanced threats that manage to evade individual security controls, while Sangfor NGAF, IAG, and Endpoint Secure coordinate to contain attacks, isolate compromised hosts, and eradicate all threats from the environment. All products work in tandem to create a truly holistic system, leaving threats nowhere to hide.

Web Application Firewall Integration

Sangfor NGAF is the world’s first and only next-generation firewall to fully integrate an enterprise-grade Web Application Firewall (WAF), delivering network and web application protection in one appliance, providing customers with both ease of operations and strong ROI. Sangfor NG-WAF leverages Sangfor’s WISE Engine, the industry’s first WAF threat detection engine to incorporate a virtual execution system (VES) in addition to machine learning and semantic analysis, delivering more powerful and smarter detection capabilities against all web application threats while significantly reducing the number of false-positives.

Simplified Security Operations

With the mission to make technology simpler for all users, Sangfor has integrated the first SOC (Security Operations Center) Lite into Sangfor NGAF to make security operations and incident response simple and intuitive for operators of any experience level. Automated policy optimization enables one-click troubleshooting to identify redundant and failed parts in complex security policies. Through asset identification and association with security events, security operators can quickly and accurately locate compromised and ransomware-infected hosts and respond immediately with native response guidance.

Newest Upgrades, Features, and Capabilities

Sangfor NGAF models in certain regions have received hardware upgrades to provide enhanced firewall performance, adaptability, and stability as well as new capabilities to serve emerging firewall use cases. These new features include cloud deception, which deflects attacks from local systems and improves attack detection, and IoT security coverage. Sangfor also offers a fully integrated network firewall with its zero-trust network architecture (ZTNA) and Sangfor Access Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solutions. These new features will be made more widely available to Sangfor customers throughout this year. Please refer to future product announcements for specific release dates.

Network Firewall Market Insights

Network firewalls form an essential part of organizations’ security infrastructure. The Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls observes that the network firewall market is still one of the largest security markets and is driven by several factors. Here are a few observations from the report:

  • The rise of hybrid environments is the key factor behind vendors’ introduction of multiple firewall deployment types, such as FWaaS and cloud-native.
  • Interest in zero trust is favoring the selection of single firewall vendors that can help enterprises achieve a ZTNA, so that they do not have to use multiple vendors.
  • There is huge interest in visibility and control of east-west segmentation policies and enhanced security operation integrations.
  • Advanced security capabilities remain a key driving factor, as threat vectors are using more sophisticated means of attacking hybrid workforces and cloud networks.

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[1] Gartner Inc., Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls, Rajpreet Kaur, Adam Hils, Thomas Lintemuth, December 19, 2022

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