Why does my company need a firewall?
Cyber attacks are a lucrative business. A firewall is your first point of protection from the outside world. Provided it’s configured correctly, a firewall protects you against many attacks from the internet. It also safeguards internal communication between your workstations and servers. A firewall is absolutely indispensable in this day and age, and there’s far more to a firewall than the classic solution.
Fortinet’s next-generation firewalls
Next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) filter network traffic to protect a company from both internal and external threats.
In addition to all the functions of a traditional stateful firewall – such as packet filtering, IPSec and SSL VPN support, network monitoring and IP mapping – NGFWs offer more comprehensive functions for more thorough content inspection. These NGFW functions can identify and block attacks, malware and other threats. With an NGFW, your company receives key security functions such as SSL inspection, application control and intrusion prevention, plus enhanced transparency across the entire attack surface. These new security functions are must-haves nowadays – for several reasons. Innovations such as co-locations and multi-clouds bring more than just advantages; they also go hand in hand with new dangers and exacerbate the threat scenario in an ever shorter time. At the same time, companies have to grow to meet increasing client demands. Traditional firewalls can no longer effectively secure this expanded attack surface; they impair the user experience with agonisingly slow network connections and weaken the entire company’s security profile. In contrast, NGFWs not only block malware but are also by their very nature designed for easy updates. They can be flexibly adapted to the threat scenario so your network is also securely protected against new threats. Next-generation firewalls are an essential part of implementing meaningful network security.
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