ngfw


Ransomware has recently reasserted itself into the public eye in a big way. The May cyberattack carried out by the malware WannaCry was one of the worst ransomware attacks ever, affecting over 300,000 computers operating MS Windows around the world. Unfortunately, the attack has once again demonstrated that far too many organizations do not have an effective security protocol in place, or do not take it seriously until after disaster strikes. In this case, the Microsoft vulnerability exploited by WannaCry had been patched in March, but many users... [Read More]
by RSS Amy Thompson  |  Jul 11, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
By now, you will have all heard about the rampant spread of ransomware through countless press pieces, blog articles, and far too often, the outrageous claims of some security vendors. But let’s stop and think for a minute or two. How did these attacks happen? Are companies focusing on valid threats, fixing the right problems, or developing correct processes? Have so-called disruptive technologies disrupted our thinking? Let’s not go tactical. Instead, we need to consider, “what is our best strategy?” Ever since the... [Read More]
by RSS Michael Xie  |  Jul 06, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Security and IT professionals at large enterprises across all industries are faced with the daily task of having to secure an expanding attack surface. Vulnerable points of entry used to live within the organization’s walls, where firewalls and inline security tools could protect them. But networks have now evolved into a constantly evolving, borderless environment thanks to cloud usage, the Internet of Things (IoT), and an increasingly mobile workforce. Technological advances, paired with a surge of digitally savvy employees flooding the... [Read More]
by RSS Bill Hogan  |  May 12, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Far too often, security tools are wrapped in marketing language that doesn’t always effectively communicate—or sometimes, even intentionally obscures—what a device or tool is able to do. Visit any security trade show and you are going to be overwhelmed by devices claiming to be “cloud enabled” or that offer “advanced threat intelligence.” But what do those terms mean? The same is true for entire classes of products. [Read More]
by RSS John Maddison  |  May 11, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Today’s cybersecurity threats target all parts of the network and nearly every device attached to it, making the potential threat landscape virtually boundless. When you pair technically skilled criminals with the attractiveness of financial data, trying to keep information safe is a constant battle. With this in mind, organizations like the SEC and FINRA have developed initiatives to help guide the financial services industry towards success, and at the same time, to also hold breached organizations accountable if they were inadequately prepared. SEC... [Read More]
by RSS Bill Hogan  |  Apr 27, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
The cloud, Internet of Things (IoT),  mobility, and big data analytics are four primary trends that are driving change, and financial services organizations are being tasked to keep up. While digital business is simplifying life for the users of financial services, companies are being forced to deal with these trends’ impact on the makeup and footprint of their security solutions. The need for an architecture and strategy that is fully suited to support these trends is paramount to success. As a result, today’s financial services... [Read More]
by RSS Bill Hogan  |  Apr 14, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
FortiGate 7060E – Delivering Layer 7 Security without Performance Compromises In today’s cloud scale data centers, security is front and center. The changing threat landscape, more and increasingly diverse threats, and much larger attack surfaces have made security top of mind for CIOs and IT teams worldwide. Networks are undergoing a radical transformation. With over 35B IoT devices attaching to networks, and a global cloud revolution fueled by a hyper-connected digital economy and driven by data, by 2020 almost all traffic entering... [Read More]
by RSS Rajoo Nagar  |  Apr 10, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Technology integration in the financial services industry has opened opportunities that could only be dreamed of a few decades back. Around the turn of the millennium, we began seeing banks set up websites for internet-based banking, and about a decade later, mobile banking customers began tapping their smartphones to make payments at retail stores. Inside the walls of financial institutions themselves, employees are leveraging technology such as email and mobile devices to streamline processes and provide a better overall customer experience. Industry... [Read More]
by RSS Brian Forster  |  Feb 23, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Security vendors have been touting the advantages of next-generation firewalls (NGFW) that provide application inspection for several years now. As application traffic became more prevalent, criminals found that hiding malware inside application traffic was an excellent way to bypass traditional security. They still do. But now, application traffic is ubiquitous. The number of devices on our networks is growing exponentially, along with the volume of application and transactional traffic. While much of it is still passing through the traditional... [Read More]
by RSS John Welton  |  Jun 28, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Recently, I had the pleasure of leading a FortiGate-5000 series chassis deployment. While I’ve worked on the 5000 series before, this was my first “soup to nuts” deployment of our 4th generation chassis. The 5000 series is not merely a very large appliance. It is a vessel for FortiGate and FortiController blades. The firewall is actually a cluster of FG-5001D worker blades that rely on the 5144C chassis for power and connectivity. With two NP6 ASICS, each FG-5001D has similar throughput characteristics to the FG-1500D appliance. However, apart... [Read More]
by RSS Glen Kemp  |  Jun 10, 2016  |  Filed in: Industry Trends