What is Next-Generation Firewalls?

Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs) are advanced network security devices that combine traditional firewall functionality with additional security features and capabilities. They are designed to provide more comprehensive and intelligent protection against modern threats and attacks.

Cisco Secure Firewall

Next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) are a type of firewall that provides a more advanced level of security than traditional firewalls. NGFWs are designed to protect against a broader range of threats and provide more granular control over network traffic. These firewalls are designed to protect against the modern cyber threats that companies face today.

In this new modern hybrid working world, the enterprise network perimeter has changed, and applications are now hosted in the cloud and on-premise; there is still a requirement to protect the connection to your premises. Due to the ever-changing threat landscape, this can no longer be a basic firewall. Next-Generation Firewalls provide deeper visibility to detect and stop threats faster.

Cisco Firepower

The Cisco Firepower range of appliances ranges from the Firepower 1000 series for small businesses or branch offices to the Firepower 9000 series for service providers and data centre use cases. The subscription model for next-generation services allows you to select the add-on services you need.

An alternative to the Firepower appliances is the Meraki MX security appliances. These cloud-managed Unified Threat Management Devices provide:

  • Identity-Based Firewall
  • Intrusion Prevention
  • Auto VPN
  • Content Filtering
  • Advanced Malware Protection
  • High Availability & Failover
  • Application Visibility & Control
  • Centralised Management
  • More Information

If you have multiple sites, the centralised cloud management platform provided by Cisco Meraki simplifies these sites’ management and policy creation.

Take control of your WAN connectivity, move away from expensive MPLS circuits, and provide your own software-defined WAN.

Both Firepower Appliances and Meraki MX rely on Cisco TALOS for their intelligence. Cisco TALOS is the threat intelligence organisation that is central to the Cisco Security portfolio. It encompasses seven essential areas: Threat Intelligence & Interdiction, Detection Research, Engineering & Development, Vulnerability Research & Discovery, Communities, Global Outreach, and Incident Response. TALOS serves as a comprehensive resource for gathering threat intelligence, conducting research, developing detection mechanisms, identifying vulnerabilities, engaging with communities, reaching out globally, and responding to security incidents.