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Reduce security management complexity through consolidated solutions.

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Without an NGFW solution, an organization runs the following risks:

  • Staying with outdated firewall solutions that are not equipped to deal with today’s versatile threats.
  • Lacking a consolidated solution with central management capabilities to allow for better resource management and improved monitoring.

Implementing an NGFW solution results in:

  • A centrally managed, consolidated security solution that not only inspects your network, but also up the OSI stack.
  • Improved security posture through advanced features like advanced malware protection.
  • Improved visibility with multiple dashboard options to offer details and connections between the solution’s many features.

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Module 1: Launch the NGFW Project

The Purpose

  • Understand the NGFW marketspace.
  • Plan the NGFW procurement process.
  • Identify the use-case scenarios that align with your NGFW requirements.
  • Determine baseline metrics to evaluate the solution’s effectiveness. 

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Awareness of the options that exist and where the market is going with respect to NGFW solutions.
  • A formally documented procurement process that will keep tasks on track as individuals are aware of roles, responsibilities, deadlines, etc.
  • A focus on the use-case scenario that applies to your organization.
  • Assessment of your NGFW solution based on concrete metrics that matter.

Activities: Outputs:
1.1 Discuss the current NGFW market.
  • Realistic perspective of the NGFW marketspace
1.2 Determine if an NGFW solution is right for you.
1.3 Develop the NGFW procurement charter.
  • Formalized procurement process
1.4 Identify your best-fit use-case scenario.
  • The most appropriate use-case scenario on which to structure your evaluation
1.5 Brainstorm baseline metrics and target goals to gauge the solution’s effectiveness.
  • Set of metrics to track the effectiveness of the solution

Module 2: Select Your NGFW Solution

The Purpose

  • Review the vendor profiles to understand strengths, weaknesses, and challenges.
  • Customize the RFP to submit to vendors.
  • Ensure vendor demos focus on the features you care about, rather than simply highlighting their strengths.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Selection of a solution that meets your requirements and fulfills your specific needs.
  • Time saved during RFP development to produce the statement of work, scope of work, requirements, budget & estimated pricing, etc.
  • Realistic view of the products performing relevant tasks.

Activities: Outputs:
2.1 Analyze the vendor landscape.
  • Detailed understanding of the vendor landscape
2.2 Create a custom vendor shortlist.
  • Narrowed-down list of suitable solutions
2.3 Develop an RFP.
  • Completed and reviewed RFP document
2.4 Standardize a vendor demo script.
  • Fairly evaluated vendor demos
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