FWaaS or Managed Firewall Services: What’s the Difference?

July 2, 2017

There’s been a lot of hype around Firewall as a Service (FWaaS). At first glance, the hype seems misplaced. After all, managed firewall services are certainly not new. But FWaaS is fundamentally different from a managed firewall service. Understanding those differences has significant implications for security and networking teams. We’ll analyze those issues in our upcoming “The Hype Around Firewall As A Service” webinar.

The shift to FWaaS is being driven by a number of factors. Increasing SSL traffic volume puts pressure on firewall appliance processing capacity, often forcing unplanned upgrades. WAN infrastructure is also changing with adoption of SD-WANs. They require direct Internet access to minimize the latency of accessing cloud- and Internet-based resources from across MPLS services. However, most SD-WANs lack the next generation firewall, IPS, and the rest of the advanced security stack needed to protect the branch. FWaaS is a critical component to completing this vision.

While managed firewall services have long been provided by service providers, managing discrete firewall appliances is vastly different than FWaaS. FWaaS offers a single logical firewall in the cloud that is available anywhere, seamlessly scales to address any traffic workload, enforces unified policy, and self-maintained by a cloud provider. Data centers, branches, cloud infrastructure, mobile users — every organizational resource plugs into the FWaaS and can leverages all of its security capabilities.

During the webinar will walk through each of those issues and explain:

  • The challenges IT networking, security, and operations teams face with distributed network security stack and Direct Internet Access
  • How FWaaS 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

This webinar will be held on July 12, 2017, at 1:00 PM ET and July 13, 2017, at 10am GMT+1. Click here to register now.

Dave Greenfield

Dave Greenfield

Dave Greenfield is a veteran of IT industry. He’s spent more than 20 years as an award-winning journalist and independent technology consultant. Today, he serves as a secure networking evangelist for Cato Networks.