Rapid Launches of Next-Generation Firewall Strengthens Evolving Security Architecture

The advent of next-generation firewall (NGFW) was out of the blue, but today it is holding together the ever-evolving network security. It is the third generation of firewall technology that is completely capable of detecting as well as blocking unforeseen cyberattacks by enforcing security policies at the port and protocol level. Moreover, NGFW operates beyond basic protocol inspection to enhance inspection at an application-level and brings intelligence from outside the firewall. The surge in IoT-based complex threat landscape and increase in a number of data breach cases have skyrocketed the growth of the NGFW market. 


According to Allied Market Research, the global next-generation firewall market is expected to reach $6.72 billion by 2025, registering a CAGR of 12.9% from 2018 to 2025. Thus, several market players such as Barracuda Networks, Forcepoint, Fortinet, Huawei, and Palo Alto Networks have invested a huge pile of money in incorporating NGFW to maintain their foothold in the market. Last year, Palo Alto Networks launched NGFW for its 5G network that boosted the company growth. On the other hand, Telefónica Business Solutions recently announced the launch of its Virtual Firewall services to safeguard public cloud and SD-WAN. Such new product launches are the prime reason behind the exponential growth of the global NGFW market. 



Telefónica unveils Virtual Firewall service

Telefónica Business Solutions recently launched its Virtual Firewall services that is built on Fortinet’s NGFW. The novel Virtual Firewall allows clients to access advanced security infrastructure in the Telefónica that offers end-to-end protection for their communication. Moreover, the services are managed via a dedicated web portal or using API, deployed in a virtualized environment. 

Hugo do Ios Santos, director of products and services of the company, stated, “We have transformed our conventional services to offer customers the flexibility and agility that they need by enabling APIs that offer automation as well as access to virtualized services.”

The company is working on another project to complement the Virtual Firewall called Virtual Network Functions Marketplace. This multi-vendor open ecosystem is expected to offer various functions that could be deployed in real-time. Moreover, both products are entirely integrated within end-to-end connectivity services and SD-WAN service. Virtual Firewall services create a part of the virtual services ecosystem that has launched in the Telefónica’s B2B markets.



Palo Alto Networks to launch NGFW for 5G network

American multinational cybersecurity company, Palo Alto Networks, announced to launch NGFW for 5G networks. The company’s CEO Nikesh Arora, disclosed the news, stating that the new product is for service provider partners where they would want to invest for future growth. The company’s service cloud providers have been experiencing major infrastructure transition from 4G to 5G. Thus, the new “super-scale” NGFW is developed especially for service providers to meet with their high-throughput needs and considering the 5G and internet of things (IoT) transition. 

Moreover, the launch of NGFW would help for autonomous vehicles and connected devices as these technologies require 5G connectivity to operate as well as have high expectations for bandwidth and latency. The senior vice president of product marketing, Janet Matsuda, said that the 5G network would be similar to a cloud model and the cloud providers are accountable for ensuring the safety of infrastructure and customers also need to secure their data. 

In today’s 5G world, carriers are accountable for the security of the base layers and the company’s approach to connect service providers via APIs would help develop an effective 5G security ecosystem. Palo Alto Networks has telecom carriers as customers for 4G networks, but the next-generation 5G firewall would expand its base for customers in the future. Thus, this launch would be most beneficial for the company’s growth. 



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Swamini Kulkarni holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and works as a content writer. She is deeply fascinated by technological advancements and the trending topic in the world. When she is not glued to the computer, she loves to read, travel, and spend time thinking about how she could read and travel more often.


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