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Lemarchand
Apr 13, 2011

Are you ready to deploy a Next Generation Firewall?

Is Palo Alto the only true NGFW? SonicWall? Juniper SRX? Do you think that Gartner's definition of a NGFW is correct? Does anyone know of a matrix that maps out which vendors products truly meet the guidelines and which ones are just bolt on "catch up" attempts to create a NGFW?

 

Is the technology still in its infancy or is it mature enough to be deployed in major enterprises?

jimlynch
10/21/2011
Hi Lemarchand,

You might want to give this article from Network World a read:

Next-generation firewalls: In depth
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/101711-next-generation-firewalls-i...

It will give you a good overview of what the issues are and what to look for.
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davidstrom
04/13/2011

The definition of what is "next gen" varies widely, and can mean "any firewall that does something more intelligent than allow/block particular ports."  McAfee, Juniper, Checkpoint and others all have something that fits this -- for example, can you block Facebook games but still allow people to access their Facebook wall and message traffic without having to write (and test) a lot of custom rules? 

You can take a look at a short video that I did here:

McAfee Firewall Profiler v2 offers new analysis features

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