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High profile data breaches prove security investments are only half the battl…
Sep 11, 2017
Since the start of 2017, we’ve seen some epic data breaches leaving millions of affected consumers uncertain about the security of their personal information and…
As Virtual Networks Emerge, Policy and Data Move into the Spotlight
Aug 28, 2017
Traditionally, we’ve thought of policy from a network and security operations perspective. While, our firewalls rely on policy for accessibility and security, the operation of…
LinkedIn vulnerability proves social networks are far from safe
Aug 24, 2017
This week, Check Point researchers discovered a vulnerability within LinkedIn’s messenger platform, which if exploited, would enable attackers to spread malicious files via the platform…
Demystifying the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls
Aug 17, 2017
Gartner has recently released its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls. Many enterprises will be looking to this piece of research to inform their decisions…

Demystifying the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls

Gartner has recently released its Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls. Many enterprises will be looking to this piece of research to inform their decisions with which technology to go with to meet their security requirements.

The MQ, on first glance, seems easy to decipher. It’s tempting for organizations to look at it and pick the vendor who is most “up and to the right,” namely in 2017 Check Point, Palo Alto Networks and Fortinet with Cisco close to crossing into the leader quadrant. But each has capabilities and drawbacks that earned them their placement. Though it’s not our intention to recommend one vendor over the other, it is important to get the right technology that is appropriate for your organization. 

In that vein, earlier this year, FireMon studied the use of firewalls in enterprises in its 2017 State of the Firewall Report and found a number of observations about over 400 organizations of varying sizes and their use of firewalls. These observations can hopefully add a bit of context to the results of the 2017 MQ.

Organization Size

Fortinet has been somewhat of a rising star in the enterprise firewall market, pushing itself into the Leader category this year after being a “Challenger” in 2016. Historically, Fortinet has been a good SMB option, and the State of the Firewall data supports that with organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees deploying it more often than other market options.  

For large enterprises with 15,000+ users, Check Point, Cisco and Palo Alto Networks pretty evenly dominate deployments. Across all size organizations, Cisco is the most popular, which didn’t come as much of a surprise to us.

Important Firewall Features

In our survey, we asked each respondent to assign a rating to firewall features - performance, manageability, APIs, scalability, price and next-gen capabilities - based on importance to their buying decision. Cisco came out on top for performance and just under Palo Alto Networks for manageability, while Fortinet was the clear choice for the lower-cost option and most likely why it is used in smaller deployments. The MQ report notes that all firewall vendors now have next-generation capabilities; however, the survey found that Palo Alto Networks users still value this quality more than users from any of the other vendors.

But of course, organizations have different preferences in terms of vendor features, so here is how they stacked up in order of importance (on a scale of 1 to 5) for customers for those vendors leading in the MQ:

Check Point Cisco Fortinet Palo Alto Networks
Manageability – 4.42* Performance – 4.52* Performance – 4.41 Performance – 4.46
Performance – 4.40 Manageability – 4.45 Manageability – 4.28 Manageability – 4.45*
Next-Gen – 4.22 Next-Gen – 4.23 Next-Gen – 4.21 Next-Gen – 4.44*
Scalability – 4.08 Price – 4.10 Price – 4.15* Scalability – 4.12*
Price – 3.98 Scalability – 4.07 Scalability – 3.92 Price – 4.01
APIs – 3.47 APIs – 3.43 APIs – 3.56 APIs – 3.53

* indicates highest rating across vendors

Digging into the average ratings, it’s clear Check Point and Palo Alto Networks customers both value scalability over price, while Fortinet’s customer base values price over scalability, as does Cisco’s, but to a lesser extent. Check Point is the only vendor whose customers value manageability over anything else – perhaps due to its history with central management, and Palo Alto Networks is the only vendor to value next-gen features nearly equally to performance and manageability.

Complexity is still a big challenge

It’s not as black and white as simply choosing one firewall vendor over another, as indeed they each have different merits and in fact, two-thirds of enterprises stated they use multiple firewall vendors. However, no matter what the choice of firewall vendor is, across the board, the organizations we surveyed confessed that the complexity of managing firewall rules and policies remains the biggest challenge. And with 70% of organizations stating they have 10 or more firewalls to manage, it can be a pretty big task. 

FireMon helps reduce this complexity with Intelligent Security Management – find out how with a free demo.



Upcoming Webinars

Sep 21, 2017 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm DST Quantify the Network Attack Surface to Improve Incident Response and Threat Detection

Many threat investigations begin with responders working to understand possible threat vectors on the network that could explain malicious activity. One powerful way to improve the efficiency of our responders is to help them understand the network attack surface as configured attack paths that represent potential exploit paths.

On Sept 21st we’ll share how FireMon’s Risk Analyzer and Immediate Insight products bring together threat investigation and attack path analysis to accelerate incident response and threat detection.
Aug 22, 2017 Correlating Vulnerability Scans with Network Path Analysis to Find and Remediate the Biggest Risks to Your Network and Avoid Wasting Time on the Little Ones

Vulnerability scanning has its place but I’ve often found that it produces a mountain of data with little guidance for prioritizing updates other than a relative high/medium/low risk rating of the exploit itself and of the device’s value.

Jul 27, 2017 Bridge the Gap Between Your Risk & Network Teams to Reduce Risk
Recent cyberattacks such as Wannacry and Petya magnify the need to make risk and vulnerability management a top priority for organizations.  Combine that with a network security posture that is too open from years of access changes and little policy cleanup, organizations are more at risk now than at any time in history. 
Jun 29, 2017 The Hybrid Cloud Reality: Managing Security in Private, Public & On-Premises Environments
In a recent study, 90% of IT security practitioners reported that their organization has adopted or plans to adopt a cloud solution. Cloud is now.
Jun 22, 2017 La vida del firewall: administración constante y automatizada del ciclo de vida de las políticas

El nuevo paradigma de la automatización es la “Administración del Ciclo de Vida”


Te mostraremos cómo FireMon Intelligent Policy Automation utiliza la tecnología de automatización e inteligencia para reducir el esfuerzo e incrementar la eficacia en cada etapa del proceso de cambios.


Sep 05, 2017
SAO v. SIEM Security Suites: And the winner is...
Aug 30, 2017
Jimmy Nukebot Explodes on the Scene, Transforming NeutrinoPOS
Info Security
Aug 17, 2017
The Top Security Challenges for 2017
SC Magazine
Aug 14, 2017
Creditseva, KS Enterprises Breaches Highlight Need for Improved Cloud Security
eSecurity Planet
Jul 31, 2017
What is IT governance? A formal way to align IT & business strategy
Jul 28, 2017
How organizations can work toward GDPR compliance
Information Management
Jul 09, 2017
4 Signs Check Point Software's Best Days Are Ahead
Motley Fool
Jun 07, 2017
Qakbot malware from 2009 returns, causes Active Directory lockouts
SC Magazine UK
Jun 06, 2017
Botched security: Celebrities, other patients, affected after plastic surgery files are breached and stolen
SC Magazine
Jun 06, 2017
Election cyberattack proves people are still the biggest flaw
Jun 01, 2017
250K Photos Leaked in Cosmetic Surgery Extortion Attack
Info Security
Jun 01, 2017
OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
Dark Reading
Jun 01, 2017
OneLogin Breach Reignites Concerns over Password Managers
Dark Reading
May 29, 2017
How to manage the Complexity Gap
IT Pro Portal
May 26, 2017
Hackers upgrading malware to 64-bit code to evade detection
SC Magazine UK
May 25, 2017
83 percent of security staff waste time fixing other IT problems
May 24, 2017
Unsanctioned Computer Support Costs Companies $88K per Year
Dark Reading
May 23, 2017
WannaCry Successor Is New ‘Doomsday’ SMB Worm That Uses 7 NSA Hacking Tools
Information Security Buzz
May 23, 2017
WannaCry? Not really. A report from the 11th Eskenzi PR IT Analyst and CISO Forum
Computer Weekly
May 18, 2017
Cisco Warns Of Un-Patchable WannaCrypt Vulnerabilities
Information Security Buzz
May 16, 2017
Here comes the cloud...and it's all right
SC Magazine
May 15, 2017
10 ways cyber security will evolve in the face of growing threats
Information Age
May 12, 2017
Managing Complexity Is No. 1 Security Challenge in FireMon’s Annual State of the Firewall Report
Computing Security
May 12, 2017
Sabre Breach
Information Security Buzz
May 12, 2017
FireMon Announces Industry’s First Intelligent Cloud Security Management Solution
IT Security Guru
May 12, 2017
FireMon Releases Third Annual State of the Firewall Report
Dark Reading
May 12, 2017
WikiLeaks drops 'Grasshopper' documents, part four of its CIA Vault 7 files
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Security Manager
Overview of FireMon’s Flagship Firewall Management Solution
Policy Planner
Overview of FireMon’s Change Automation Solution
Policy Optimizer
Overview of FireMon’s Rule Recertification Automation Solution
Risk Analyzer
Overview of FireMon’s Attack Simulation and Risk Measurement Solution
Immediate Insight
Overview of FireMon’s Immediate Insight Solution
Intelligent Security Management
Delivering next-generation security management that boosts productivity and accelerates the agility of business
Intelligent Policy Automation
Intelligent Policy Automation: Orchestrating Change Management with Speed and Security.
Hybrid Cloud Management
Visibility into and control over Cloud Services, including AWS and OpenStack Platforms
Accelerated Incident Response
Immediate Insight in action - Orchestration, automation and analytics for data assembly and discovery
Change Simulation & Risk Scoring
Proactively reduce risk based upon network exposure and host accessibility
Check Point Solution Brief
FireMon solutions and Check Point
Cisco Solution Brief

FireMon’s Intelligent Security Management platform enables users with Cisco Systems switches, routers and firewalls (Pix, ASA, FirePower) to work smarter, applying intelligence to the entire security program

Fortinet Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for Fortinet
Juniper Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for Juniper
NSX Solution Brief
FireMon solutions for NSX
Palo Alto Solution Brief
FireMon Solutions for Palo Alto
2017 State of the Firewall
Networking continues to evolve, yet the firewall remains critical to securing today’s enterprises. FireMon is proud to present its 3rd Annual State of the Firewall Report
Firewall Cleanup Recommendations
The implications of firewall policy complexity, why it remains a problem today and how to resolve it.
Risk Solved: Automated, Real-Time Risk Analysis & Remediation
Risk analysis with real-time change configuration is key to managing security risks in your IT infrastructure.
Real-Time Data Triage
Our Immediate Insight platform from FireMon can help organizations overcome the limitations and gaps inherent to the current analytic market.
Bridging the SIEM Alert Triage Gap
Immediate Insight enables security teams to improve event triage and incident response, extending the value of your existing full-featured SIEM.
Automation Isn't One-Size-Fits-All
Intelligent Policy Automation
Intelligent Security Management

Helping Enterprise Security Teams Improve Resource Efficiency & Reduce Overall Risk Exposure

The Top 5 Myths of Data Breaches
Five of the biggest myths that exist about data breaches, and explain how and why they occur.
Firewall Sprawl: Top Four Security Gaps Exposed

Firewall technology has come a long way since its initial, most rudimentary forms. Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW) are the latest development, and organizations are accelerating adoption to the new technology. But NGFWs aren’t a fix-all solution.

2016 State of the Firewall
2nd Annual State of the Firewall Report based on survey of 600 IT security practitioners.
Avoid These 'Bottom Ten' Networking Worst Practices
Overcoming the Complexity Gap
When You Can't Patch It, Protect It from the Network
Firewall Sprawl
Aberdeen Group
Quantifying the Value of Intelligent Security Management
Aberdeen Group
Security Analytics Brings Data-Driven Security Into the 21st Century
Automate Zero Trust Policy and Enforcement
The Return on Security of FireMon’s Security Manager
Large Healthcare Provider
The customer sought a data analysis tool to correlate application data with network and security data to spot service-impacting anomalies. They did not have an accurate picture of interoperability between applications and the underlying infrastructure.
Major Airline
Following a merger with another airline, this customer was left managing a large number of firewalls and routers from different security vendors using a home-grown application.
National Insurance Provider
This national insurance provider had three problems to tackle regarding their firewall policies. First, the number of rules under management was overwhelming staff and processes. They needed to increase visibility and effectiveness of their firewall change request/workflow ticketing process. And they also need help maintaining compliance PCI DSS requirements.
Managed Service Provider
Each time this Global MSP engaged a new customer, they had to onboard the firewalls – sometimes hundreds per engagement – into their network. Part of the onboarding process required assessing the policies against internal best practices – a manual, line-by-line process that took an average of 16 hours/firewall and was extremely error-prone.