Network firewalls have long been established as the ubiquitous first line of defense for every organization’s network security strategy. But the evolving needs of the enterprise have dramatically changed the make-up – and complexity – of network infrastructures. The result? Sprawling deployments of firewalls and other security devices that increase complexity, cost and risk.

In this report, the Aberdeen Group takes a close look at more than 13,000 firewall installations. Their study reveals a surprising degree of complexity based on sheer number of sites, vendors, policies, rules and configurations. The current standard of complexity is increasing costs with the two leading sources being unplanned downtime and data breach. They recommend firewall policy management solutions that leverage visibility, intelligence and automation to overcome the complexity of firewall sprawl and reduce associated costs and risks.

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