Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls

“Next-generation” capability has been achieved by the leading products in the network firewall market, and competitors are working to keep the gap from widening. Buyers must consider their operational realities, the burden of switching, and the trade-offs between “best-of-breed” function and costs.

The enterprise network firewall market represented by this Magic Quadrant is composed primarily of purpose-built appliances for securing enterprise corporate networks. Products must be able to support single-enterprise firewall deployments and large and/or complex deployments, including branch offices, multitiered demilitarized zones (DMZs) and, increasingly, the option to include virtual versions, often within the data center. These products are accompanied by highly scalable (and granular) management and reporting consoles, and there is a range of offerings to support the network edge, the data center, branch offices and deployments within virtualized servers.

The companies that serve this market are identifiably focused on enterprises — as demonstrated by the proportion of their sales in the enterprise; as delivered with their support, sales teams and channels; but also as demonstrated by the features dedicated to solve enterprise requirements and serve enterprise use cases.

As the firewall market continues to evolve, NGFWs add new features to better enforce policy (application and user control) or detect new threats (intrusion prevention systems [IPSs], sandboxing and threat intelligence feeds). The stand-alone Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) VPN market has largely been absorbed by the firewall market. Eventually, the NGFW will continue to subsume more of the stand-alone network IPS appliance market at the enterprise edge. This is happening now; however, some enterprises will continue to choose to have best-of-breed IPSs embodied in next-generation IPSs (NGIPSs). More recently, enterprises have begun looking to firewall vendors to provide cloud-based malware-detection instances to aid them in their advanced threat efforts, as a cost-effective alternative to stand-alone sandboxing solutions (see “Market Guide for Network Sandboxing”).

However, next-generation firewalls will not subsume all network security functions. All-in-one or unified threat management (UTM) approaches are suitable for small or midsize businesses (SMBs), but not for the enterprise (see “Next-Generation Firewalls and Unified Threat Management Are Distinct Products and Markets”).

The needs for branch-office firewalls are becoming specialized, and they are diverging from, rather than converging with, UTM products. As part of increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of firewalls, they will need to truly integrate more-granular blocking capability as part of the base product, go beyond port/protocol identification and move toward an integrated service view of traffic, rather than merely performing “sheet metal integration” of point products.

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Automated software testing

Automated software testing is a process in which software tools execute pre-scripted tests on a software application before it is released into production.

Read more at: TechTarget-Automated software testing by Margaret Rouse

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Cisco Midsize Cybersecurity Infographic

You face unprecedented challenges to protect your midsize business from cybersecurity threats. New trends such as mobility and cloud are changing how you need to secure devices, data and your network.

To deal with these challenges, you need a smart, scalable threat-centric security model. This model needs to provide cost-effective threat remediation and support standard security policies and controls.

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Failed Cloud Projects

How do you put together a good solid cloud strategy that satisfies the diverse needs and expectations of all the stakeholders?
It should come as no surprise that a good solid plan with a well-defined use case, the right project team, and measurable success criteria is the common denominator in all of the success stories.

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Choosing a Cloud Provider with Confidence

Cloud computing is rapidly transforming the IT landscape and the conversation around adopting cloud technology has progressed from “if”ť to “when”ť. Although cloud services offer enormous economic benefits, they also pose significant potential risks for enterprises that must safeguard corporate information assets while also complying with industry and government regulations. Download this paper to better understand where and when to use cloud solutions and the ways in which SSL can help you conduct business in the cloud with confidence.

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7 Essentials that Raise IT’s Value to the Business

When IT departments set their minds to providing value to the business, an audit, whether formal or informal, of the current “state of the business” yields valuable insight into what’s working and what isn’t. What many IT departments find is that they’re accomplishing a lot of things, but in an ad hoc, dysfunctional way. This ebook addresses seven practical ways that, when addressed holistically, produce powerful, transformational changes within an organization. So, what’s the secret sauce?

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Managing change in SAP: reducing cost and risk with DevOps

Why are traditional development and deployment processes unfit for the demands of the modern software lifecycle? Let’s count the reasons:

  • Approaches that work for 18-month release cycles do not work for new, shorter cycles
  • Manual processes are too error-prone and inefficient
  • More people would need to be added to keep up with release
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To do more with less while producing higher quality software, savvy organizations are creating more collaborative teams to balance business, development, operations, and testing. This approach is called Dev Ops.

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Managing change in SAP: reducing cost and risk with DevOps