Firewalls are a critical component of your IT infrastructure. All firewalls protect your network by filtering out malicious data, but Next Generation Firewalls (NGFWs) take this a step further. NGFWs offer deeper protection across more of your technology and greater adaptability to evolving threats.
Next generation firewalls can block malware, which first generation firewalls are not able to do. NGFWs also provide protection at the application layer. They can tell the difference between safe applications and malicious ones. They can also be automatically updated to look out for new threats. For example, when Cisco discovers a threat, Cisco NGFWs are updated to protect against it.
Traditional Firewalls VS. Next Generation Firewalls
Traditional firewalls, sometimes known as first generation firewalls, can’t fully protect networks in the modern cybersecurity environment. Next generation firewalls are much better equipped to protect your company.
Basic packet filtering that permits or denies traffic
Stateful multilayer traffic inspection that monitors session states
Network Address Translation to hide internal IP addresses
Virtual Private Network for secure remote access
Next Generation Firewalls Include All Traditional Firewall Features Plus:
Packet filtering based on applications
Identity based authentication
Intrusion Prevention policies that identify attack signatures and malicious behavior
Continual updates based on external intelligence to adapt to new threats
Ready to Upgrade to a Next Generation Firewall?
Contact LeeShanok for recommendations on the best next generation options compatible with your network.