|[November 28, 2012]
Hardware.com Helps Organizations Secure their Networks for Computer Security Day
MINNEAPOLIS --(Business Wire)--
In recognition of Computer Security Day on November 30, Hardware.com is
offering tips for successfully installing and maintaining
next-generation firewalls (NGFWs). These firewalls offer advanced
protection with deep packet inspection (DPI) and built-in intrusion
detection to better block attacks. According to research from
information technology (IT) advisory firm Gartner (News - Alert), spending on the
management of NGFWs is expected to grow to 35 percent of total firewall
spending by 2016.
"Many organizations are now realizing that NGFWs provide numerous
advantages when it comes to security," said Justin Hadler, Director of
Engineering at Hardware.com. "While they are better, faster, and more
intelligent than previous generations of firewalls, today's applications
can also be more challenging to manage and support if implemented
Hardware.com's tips for installing and maintaining NGFWs include:
1. Make a plan.
Installing a NGFW will require time and effort. Therefore, it is crucial
to have a project plan and a legitimate time frame outlined for
installation. Don't expect to have the firewall up-and-running in a
matter of hours if you want it installed correctly.
2. Certify the NGFW.
Gartner defines a NGFW as including, at minimum, an integrated
intrusion prevention system (IPS) with deep packet scanning, the ability
to identify and control applications running over a network, and the
ability to verify a user's identity and enforce access policies
accordingly. However, make sure the NGFW you choose also has traditional
network protections, such as traditonal packet filtering and virtual
private network (VPN) capabilities. Vendors that hastily build NGFWs
without traditional and trusted foundations fall short on preventing
3. Ensure correct size and fit.
The features of your new NGFW should fit your organization's needs in
order to maintain security and performance. Without enough services
running, the firewall is vulnerable to outside threats, while too many
can slow performance. Size is also critical, since a firewall that is
too small will have trouble keeping up with network loads. Be sure to
pinpoint the correct specifications for the NGFW prior to installation.
If your solution isn't scalable, it's likely it won't work well for your
4. Rely on expertise.
A NGFW will ideally bring more security to an organization. However,
firewalls that are installed or maintained incorrectly can be harmful
rather than helpful. Work with a solutions expert who can determine how
the firewall should work in your unique environment. Then assign
qualified individuals to mediate and moderate the firewall on a daily
basis to identify any threats or irregularities. These employees or
outsourced workers should be trained to handle issues associated with
NGFWs, like deep packet analysis and anti-malware.
5. Establish firewall policies.
Determining what services and applications will be allowed through the
firewall will help keep security at the forefront. Create a written
policy that details the plan for the firewall as well as instructions
for making changes to it in the future.
"As hackers' attempts become more frequent and advanced, businesses will
need to step up their network security systems," Hadler added. "NGFWs
can reduce risks from outside threats, provided that organizations
install them properly and monitor the technology. Easy-to-follow tips
can help simplify these processes and ensure data security is always at
For more information about Hardware.com, visit http://us.hardware.com.
Founded in 2003, Hardware.com is a global leader in networking hardware,
architectures, procurement, and support. Headquartered in
Gloucestershire, England with operations across Europe and the U.S., the
company provides a valued information technology (IT) partnership to
organizations of all sizes. Hardware.com's team of experienced and
distinguished consultants partner with companies to identify, implement,
and support advanced network infrastructures that align companies'
technological requirements with their business and economic goals. For
more information on the company's products, services, and solutions,
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