Gartner Research

One Brand of Firewall Is a Best Practice for Most Enterprises

Published: 18 February 2016

ID: G00296196

Analyst(s): Adam Hils , Rajpreet Kaur


Using firewalls from multiple vendors increases complexity, not security. Most network security leaders should standardize on a single-firewall platform to minimize configuration errors, and to save money and apply resources to other network security technologies to combat modern attacks.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Determine How Many Brands of Network Firewalls Your Organization Currently Maintains, and the Reasons for Doing So
  • Evaluate Whether Your Organization Has a Specific Exceptional Use Case That Mandates/Can Afford Multiple Firewall Brands
  • Decide Which Incumbent Firewall Platform Best Fits Your Organization's Needs
  • If Your Enterprise Fits the Single-Firewall Brand Profile, Develop a Strategy to Manage Down to One

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