Published: 16 May 2023
Network firewalls remain a mandatory network security control, and the two emerging use cases are hybrid mesh firewalls and firewall-as-a-service offerings. Security and risk management leaders need to evaluate network firewall capabilities against projected use cases.
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Firewall vendors are expanding their product offerings; however, these new offerings are rarely as well-integrated as a unified platform. Complementary products often require multiple management consoles and agents, and sometimes lack deep integrations among the components.
As more organizations choose programmatic, hybrid work strategies, buyers are more likely to select firewall vendors that offer cloud-based security services with credible cloud security strategies.
Cloud-first enterprises prefer firewall vendors that support the integrated management of multiple, cloud-native firewalls.
Security and risk management leaders responsible for infrastructure security, and looking to evaluate firewall vendors, should:
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- Alibaba Cloud
- Amazon Web Services
- Check Point Software Technologies
- Hillstone Networks
- Palo Alto Networks
- Sangfor Technologies
- Central Management and Reporting
- Ease of Use
- Advanced Networking
- Application Control
- Intrusion Prevention and ATD
- Public Cloud Support
- Enterprise Data Center
- Enterprise Edge
- Distributed Enterprise
- Public Cloud
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