A firewall is a network security system that keeps an eye on incoming and outgoing traffic. Based on specific security rules, the firewall may allow or block certain traffic. A firewall protects your network from getting hacked, cyber-attacks, or unnecessary traffic and so on. That is why it is absolutely essential to install a good firewall. Fortunately, technology is continuously growing to keep up with increasingly complex cyber-attacks, and now there are next generation firewalls or NGFWs.

Here are five important things to know about next generation firewalls:

  1. Better than typical/conventional firewalls

Improved with advanced technology and ultra-intelligent systems, next generation firewalls can protect your network from a sophisticated level of digital threat. That is no easy feat. Run-off-the-mill firewalls may be okay for personal computers, but corporate systems and networks containing sensitive information must be protected with next generation firewalls.

  1. Plenty of options

Fortunately, there are plenty of choices when it comes to next generation firewalls. The ideal IT solution provider should be partnering with global industry leaders that provide NGFWs—Cisco, FireEye, Juniper, F5, Sophos, and Palo Alto. Each has its advantages and your IT solution provider should be able to advise you on which one is most suitable for your company.

  1. Has tons of enhanced features

Some advanced features may include early intrusion detection, geolocation determination, network visibility and control, breach prevention, URL checking, full-web proxy service, and sandboxing. NGFWs are also able to block malicious software or malware, something conventional firewalls can’t do.

  1. Low-cost protection solution

Contrary to popular belief, it is actually a cost-efficient decision to switch to next generation firewalls because they dramatically improve your network’s security with one device. This one solution incorporates conventional firewalls, antivirus software, and other security systems.

  1. Easy updates

Most traditional firewalls are difficult to update. NGFWs, on the other hand, are able to receive future updates easily and conveniently.

Next generation firewalls are the latest in network security. Employing this upgraded security system will undoubtedly benefit your business in the long run.