The next generation firewall (NGFW) market is one of the largest and most mature markets in cybersecurity. Serving as the first line of defense for enterprise networks, it is the cornerstone of any modern network security strategy. Recent NSS Labs studies have shown that 80.5% of US enterprises deploy NGFW products1. Types of deployment are as follows:
Vendors market their products as having myriad features, configuration capabilities, and pricing options; however, enterprises should invest appropriate time and resources to properly evaluate products and perform due diligence based on facts rather than vendor claims. Not all NGFWs are equal; while there is some feature overlap, enterprises should evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different products based on their unique requirements. Furthermore, enterprise-class NGFWs can be costly; enterprises must look at any investment from the perspective of long-term scalability and long-term return on their investment. For this reason, enterprises should ensure that vendor roadmaps align with their own.
So, what are some of the key features enterprises should look for in today’s NGFW products?
What metrics are used to evaluate products?
At NSS, we believe that to enable meaningful comparisons, security products should be tested in four areas:
NSS Labs will soon publish the results of its 2018 NGFW Group Test. The test includes market incumbents as well as new entrants. Enterprises can leverage these results during product purchasing decisions. View the latest NGFW Group Test results here.
1 Results from NSS Labs’ 2017 Enterprise Security Architecture Study, which included survey responses from 510 information security professionals representing 50 US industries
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