Firewall as a Service: Uniting your Network and Security Again

December 7, 2016

It really wasn’t very long ago when installing a Firewall (FW) or Unified Threat Management (UTM) system at the perimeter was deemed secure enough to protect corporate networks. But those very networks have changed dramatically over the past decade. As organizations became more global so did their users, data and infrastructure needs right along with them. Supporting this growth has led to a new networking and security reality for IT. Today, you need to manage:

  • Connectivity and security for your remote locations with multiple perimeter-based FW or UTM appliances.
  • Compatibility and security policies for multiple cloud and IaaS services.
  • Control and visibility of mobile application users

These new realities have made managing and securing your network traffic far more complex. Each FW appliance costs much more than money: They also need you to dedicate ongoing IT time and resources to configure, patch, and upgrade them throughout their lifecycle leading up to retirement. The complexity and costs of managing sprawling hardware become harder to escape as you try to enable Direct Internet Access for your branch locations.

Relying on this network topology simply doesn’t cover your new perimeter: Cloud infrastructure, mobile users and IoT devices are the new normal — but FWs and UTMs are not built to secure these integral aspects of your organization. Sticking to limited, costly and complex solutions simply isn’t a fit for the fragmented, modern-day network.

New Networking & Security Realities Need New Solutions

In their recent Hype Cycle, Gartner gave Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) a high-benefit rating in Infrastructure Protection for its ability to reduce cost and complexity and raise overall security for the business. But how exactly does FWaaS open up these possibilities for your business?

In our upcoming webinar, you’ll learn:

  • The challenges that IT networking, security and Ops teams face with distributed network security stacks and Direct Internet Access.
  • How Firewall as a Service can address these challenges, and what are the required capabilities.
  • How Cato Networks protects enterprises in the cloud, simplifies network security and eliminates appliance footprint in remote locations.

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Idan Hershkovich

Idan Hershkovich

Idan is Cato Networks’ marketing director. He has extensive experience in digital marketing, IT software solutions, collaboration and enterprise mobility. Looking forward to revolutionizing the way network security is being managed.