Today we are presenting 3 videos from three different Next Generation Firewall vendors. Now granted these are all pretty much marketing videos and don’t get into the technical “nitty-gritty” behind the devices. That being said, the three vendors in these videos do discuss many of the same features of their Next Generation Firewalls. While there are other vendors out there, today we discuss the videos from Palo Alto Networks, Cisco, and Barracuda Networks. All three of these companies have next gen firewalls that make certain claims about securing your network. In these videos, they are mostly making similar claims about the overall concept of network security and the new role that issues such as application awareness, BYOD trends, advanced user IDs and proactive threat protection can be dealt with. “Most of these vendors do have similar functionality, they just tend to do them in s slightly different way.” Said Michael McLaughlin Senior Engineer of Chicago based IT Consulting firm Black Diamond Solutions “Of course how much these vendors are investing in new ways to stay ahead of the bad guys is an important consideration as well since the security space is constantly changing.”
Next Generation Firewalls from Palo Alto Networks
The first Video is from Palo Alto Networks and does a nice job discussing how 15 years ago network traffic was much simpler. It was really either e-mail, business application, or threats. However today, traffic is much more complex. Allowing users to choose applications without IT managing and deploying them has made employees much more efficient and effective In fact, it is almost impossible to imagine employees NOT being able to do this anymore. However it also opens up the network to risk that these applications can introduce malware into the network. Although IT is not involved in these deployments, they still need to be secured while running on the network. This all starts with the firewall because most if not all traffic in an organization runs through it.
Palo Alto next generation firewalls are offered in different sizes for different environments. They include the PA-200, PA-500, PA-3000 series, PA-5000 Series and the PA-7000 Series Next Gen Firewalls
Next Generation Firewalls from Cisco Networks
The second video here is from Cisco. Now Cisco does take a little bit of a different approach than many other NGF companies in that they offer a layered approach to their security. There is debate to be had as to whether this is a better way to go or not, but it is a delta in the approach. This video mostly discusses how applications have become more dynamic and multifaceted, and that users can now access these applications from any desktop, laptop, or mobile device. This video also discusses how application awareness is simply not enough these days and that Cisco goes well beyond this with their Cisco ASAx next generation firewalls by offering granular control of applications, enhanced user ID authentication, enterprise class web security and proactive threat protection. They also discuss the Cisco cloud which they call the Cisco Security Intelligence Operations (SIO) which gathers intelligence from over 2 million Cisco security devices worldwide to offer near real time protection from zero day malware.
Cisco offers a layered approach based on its Cisco ASAx next gen platform
Next Generation Firewalls from Barracuda Networks
he third video here is From Barracuda Networks. It is the shortest of the videos and generally discusses similar concepts behind today’s need for more than just port protection. One thing it does discuss is that many companies are deploying a UTM approach which does offer many security offerings in one appliance, but when run on the network and not the cloud, can cause network performance issues that can hinder the network. One nice thing about Barracuda networks is that they do offer Free Evaluations of most of their products.
Barracuda Networks Offers next gen appliances with their NextGen Firewall F-series, NextGen Firewall X-series, and their NextGen Firewall F-series
In the end there are many different vendors that offer these application aware malware protecting Next Generation Firewall devices. Things to consider are not only the reputation of these companies, but also the network architecture used, types of extra features available, ease of management, as well as total cost of ownership.
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