5 Features to Look For In A Next-Generation Firewall


Sure, the term next-generation firewall (NGFW) has been around since 2007 and the vendors have been hyping these products for a close to a decade. So what’s new this year?

Adam Hils, research director, network security, at Gartner, says what’s different about today’s NGFWs is the integration of features such as an IPS or URL filtering within the firewall itself.

“Many SMBs go with UTMs and they have all the features companies need, but there’s really not much integration,” he says. “For the enterprise, companies should think about a next-generation firewall and evaluate how well they integrate multiple features right within the firewall.”

While there are many vendors to choose from, the slideshow outlines the five main features IT that security managers should consider before selecting a product.

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