In today’s digital age, security has become tantamount to success in ensuring business continuity. That said, ensuring that the latest and greatest security measures are in place on a network’s perimeter security appliance is crucial in ensuring a healthy and vulnerability-free network. In this blog, the NG or “Next Generation” firewall will be showcased to underscore some of the top modern-day features that should be taken into consideration when purchasing or refreshing a new firewall. These features will reduce the probability of successful attack, consolidate feature-sets, and ensure an optimal network.
One of the most important features from a strict security perspective is the ability to block newer malware, viruses, and prevent unauthorized outside access from entering the network. Most NG firewalls are perpetually updated to prevent new, “zero-day” threats on the network and can aid in protecting both the internal LAN segments from infected devices and prevent outside connections to internal or DMZ segments.
Fortinet provides a web-based tool at metal.fortiguard.com that runs a multi-virus test to test the overall security of a perimeter device. In the webinar, a test was run and all viruses were effectively blocked before hitting the internal segments. Logging was also provided to demonstrate the nature of the virus and origin.