Top 5 Considerations for Choosing a Next-Generation Firewall: SonicWALL vs. Palo Alto Networks and Fortinet
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Thanks to Web 2.0 and an explosion of Web-based applications, nearly two-thirds of today’s traffic is HTTP and HTTPS. Collaboration, increased productivity and improved insights into customers and prospects are all key benefits of Web 2.0. But with these benefits come new security threats as well as dramatic increases in network bandwidth consumed.

Gone are the days when IT administrators could simply focus on filtering content on a few ports while blocking all others in order to close off all possible attack vectors into their networks. Today’s complex IT and threat landscapes require more sophisticated IT controls.

Web-based applications all look the same to legacy firewalls — like legitimate HTTP and HTTPS traffic. But IT managers know better. An important productivity tool for one user maybe a threat-laden time-sink for another. However, traditional network security solutions don’thave the sophistication and the power to closely scrutinize all traffic and to sort the good from the bad. The result: application chaos.

Gaining control over this application chaos is critical to protecting your network against Web 2.0 threats and preserving bandwidth. But how do you discern the good traffic from the bad? How can you properly identify, catalog and control applications and network bandwidth? Enter the Next Generation Firewall.

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