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How to Ensure If a Next-Generation Firewall Will Enhance Your Security

Published: 10 September 2013

ID: G00252801

Analyst(s): Adam Hils , Jeremy D'Hoinne

Summary

With the rise of advanced application-based threats, security leaders should address the challenges of security policy decisions augmented with intrusion prevention, user control and application control.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Step 1: Diagnose the Level of User and Application Control to Fit Organizational Requirements
    • Step 1.1: Interview Stakeholders
    • Step 1.2: Determine the Level of Visibility Your Organization Has Already Automated
    • Step 1.3: Determine Whether Your Organization Has an Effective Manual Approach to Gain Visibility
  • Step 2: Assess Tolerance for a Single Point of Failure at the Perimeter
    • Step 2.1: Assess Gaps in the Current Solution
    • Step 2.2: Plan for Potential Failures of the Proposed NGFW
    • Step 2.3: Release Assessment Results
  • Step 3: Evaluate the Readiness of Networking and Security Teams to Collaborate on an NGFW
    • Step 3.1: Map the Current Firewall/IPS Business Process
    • Step 3.2: Propose a Joint Ownership Model
  • Step 4: Determine Whether Budget Will Be Available for a Full-Scale Firewall/IPS Replacement
    • Step 4.1: Track Where Your Network Security Devices Are in Their Capital Depreciation Schedule and Their Individual Product Life Cycles
    • Step 4.2: Track Where Your Network Security Devices Are in Their Maintenance and Support Contract Cycles
    • Step 4.3: Don't Oversell the Budget Savings
  • Conclusion

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