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Next generation firewall: Palo Alto Networks
       here are alternatives tout-     firewall an application gateway                                                 So what, then, did their vision-

T      ed as replacing the fire-
       wall, but we don’t think
that most organizations are ready
                                       of sorts, but it is a very fast one
                                       and one that understands lots of
                                       applications.
                                                                               AT A GLANCE
                                                                               Flagship product: PA-4000 se-
                                                                               ries next generation firewall
                                                                                                                   ary feel is the tool’s biggest con-
                                                                                                                   tribution? To put it in his words,
                                                                                                                   “They fixed the firewall.” Selling
to toss the firewall on the scrap          That is a key point, of course,      Vendor: Palo Alto Networks          that concept is a bit cheeky, but
heap just yet. On the other hand,      because the application land-           www.paloaltonetworks.com            Palo Alto Networks takes a very
Palo Alto Networks is redefin-          scape changes very rapidly. To          Cost: $60,000                       direct approach. When met with
ing the way the firewall does its       beat the old system, Palo Alto          Innovation: Recognizing and         skepticism, they simply show
job. The company looked at how         Networks has identified five              defining explicitly the require-     their wares and demonstrate
firewalls generally are deployed        requirements of a next genera-          ments of the next generation        exactly what the next generation
– with multiple gateway devices        tion firewall. First, it may not         of firewalls                         firewall really can do.
behind them performing dif-            use ports and protocols. It             Greatest strength: This is an-         Of course it’s not enough to
ferent sorts of protection – and       focuses on applications. Sec-           other company whose vision          block unwanted content from
asked why the firewall couldn’t         ond, it is policy-based, but the
                                                                ,              drives its innovation               penetrating the firewall. In
do the things that the multiple        policy addresses who can use                                                  today’s environment, it is even
                                                                                                                              env
gateway devices were doing.            an application, not the IP.
                                                                e                                                        more likely that a user
                                                                                                                                 l
  The idea of an application           This requirement maps to  s                                                        will bring something bad
                                                                                                                                b
firewall that tries to do that is not   Active Directory.                                                                  into the network by click-
                                                                                                                                t
new, but it is a sluggish perform-        Third, the firewall must                                                         ing on an email message
er and it has limitations as to        scan content to make sure                                                          attachment or surfing
                                                                                                                          attach
what applications it can manage.       it is safe and being used correct-
                                                                 d           finally, it must run very fast. This   where there is malware. That
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Description: There are alternatives touted as replacing the firewall, but we don't think that most organizations are ready to toss the firewall on the scrap heap just yet. On the other hand, Palo Alto Networks is redefining the way the firewall does its job. The company looked at how firewalls generally are deployed - with multiple gateway devices behind them performing different sorts of protection - and asked why the firewall couldn't do the things that the multiple gateway devices were doing.
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