The evolution of sophisticated threats and the increased dependence on web applications and virtualization has driven the demand for Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs). According to a recent AlgoSec survey, more organizations are adopting NGFWs - nearly 57% in 2013, up from 41.2% in 2012. But while NGFWs provide new-found levels of policy granularity and controls,
they also introduce more complexity that if not managed properly can cause more harm than good. In exchange for the increased security of NGFWs, IT professionals often must work harder as the majority of responding organizations (56%) that had adopted NGFWs said they added more work to the firewall management process. To help you obtain all of the value out of your NGFWs without the complexity, we’ve compiled these tips from practitioners and vendors.