State of the Firewall: 2018

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FireMon – the #1 network security management solution for hybrid enterprises – compiled data from a survey with more than 300 respondents.

This white paper will help network operations and security practitioners better respond to the trends and challenges that come with the increasing complexity of network security policy management for the hybrid enterprise.

We focus on approaches to improve your organization’s overall security and compliance postures regarding:

  • compliance
  • cloud controls
  • network security
  • risk management.

The numbers below demonstrate a growing complexity of security network environments. The report contains a breakdown and detailed analysis of these findings.

Key facts and figures

94%
FIREWALLS ARE AS CRITICAL OR MORE CRITICAL THAN EVER
Continuing criticality
94% of respondents report that firewalls are as critical as always or more critical than ever.
30%
FIREWALL RULES AND POLICIES
Sprawling Complexity
Complexity of firewall rules and policies ranks as the greatest firewall challenge, with 30% of respondents reporting that they still deal with manual change management processes.
53%
ADOPTED PUBLIC OR HYBRID CLOUD
Diversifying technology
Firewall and network security complexity will continue to rise, with 53% of respondents having already partially or fully adopted public or hybrid cloud.

The full report covers how network security professionals at best-in-class businesses see the evolution of firewalls.