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SonicWall Next-Generation Firewall Buyer’s Guide

How to choose the right next-generation firewall to secure your network


In an era marked by the escalating risks of cybercrime, it's crucial for businesses to stay ahead of the curve in terms of security. Cyber threats have evolved dramatically over the past two decades, and to effectively combat them, your organization needs a robust defense. Fortunately, firewalls have kept pace with these changes, and modern next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) are at the forefront of this evolution.

Get your buyer’s guide to help make an informed decision when selecting the right NGFW for your business and discover how SonicWall’s Gen 7 NGFWs outperform their predecessors where it matters for your business.

Executive Summary

In a rapidly changing IT landscape — one characterized by companies rushing headlong into the cloud, network traffic percent increases in the double digits and BYOD and remote work policies — cybercriminals are enjoying unprecedented opportunities. And protecting against these attacks is becoming increasingly challenging, as businesses need to protect multiple attack surfaces and implement the latest security controls just to keep up.

The enterprise perimeter now extends to anywhere work gets done. And regardless of whether your entry points are on-premises, in the cloud, in the data center or at the branch office, each one needs to be protected. The good news is that security has evolved, too — particularly firewalls, the most important defense to protect any enterprise perimeter, including those of distributed enterprises.

Today’s firewalls have evolved significantly over the past two decades, becoming increasingly agile, capable, and powerful. In the realm of next-generation firewalls (NGFW), businesses must prioritize criteria that align with their needs for stability, simplicity, and superior threat protection, all while ensuring cost-effectiveness and return on investment. This includes a careful evaluation of features, platform capabilities, performance, and management.