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Application Aware Firewalls (AAF) adopt the latest innovations in software and hardware to provide unprecedented network security for todays demanding IT infrastructures.
With the ability to view and identify all network traffic, AAF provides granular control on application usage and behaviour. You now have full control of what leaves and enters your network using a single appliance and apply security policies based on applications and users rather than traditional methods of port and protocol.
Traditional firewalls may be giving enterprises a false sense of security, because they are failing to cope with ever-changing digital threats.
In a recent a study of 900,000 users, Silicon valley software firm Palo Alto found that 100 per cent of the organisations surveyed had firewalls and 87 per cent also had one or more firewall helpers (for example, a proxy, an IPS, URL filtering), yet they were unable to exercise control over the application traffic traversing the network.
Currently, port-based firewall technology has failed to address the evolution of the application and threat landscape, where threats can run over any port, encrypt, evade and tunnel. IT organisations have tried to compensate for these deficiencies in legacy firewalls by surrounding them with proxies, intrusion detection/ prevention systems, URL filtering and other costly and complex devices that are also ineffective in today’s application and threats. AAF or Next Generation Firewalls are designed explicitly to replace these deficiencies by providing the capabilities at the firewall to fix the problem and simplify enterprise security infrastructures.
Layer 7 firewalling and visibility gives enterprises the tools necessary to control today’s applications. With applications such as P2P, Skype and MSN Messenger prevalent on corporate networks, AAF becomes a strategic investment in maintaining network security while reducing and controlling bandwidth utilisation.
With granular control, AAF can for example allow you to associate facebook access to a given group of users, but prohibit facebook chat or file transfer. There is now no need to purchase additional technologies to assist your firewall in combating such threats or user behaviour. AAF provides the highest level of security and control from a single appliance.
Despite efforts to regain visibility and control by adding more security appliances, most organizations remain stymied – unacceptably.
IT security staffs have added a variety of devices around the firewall in an attempt to regain control of their networks, including:
Not only do these devices not solve the problem, they increase complexity and cost – which, in today’s economic climate, is simply unacceptable.
Cost savings can be obtained from device consolidation using Application Aware firewalls. By consolidating multiple network security devices (e.g. firewalls, IPS, URL filtering), AAF reduce costs associated with capital expenditure, maintenance and support contracts, management and training while reducing your carbon footprint.
With the ability for total application and traffic visibility on your network you can take back control of your network easily and cost effectively.
Computrad has implemented security environments for a wide range of company sizes and industry types globally. We work with the US Federal Agencies, e-gaming companies, government, law firms, charities and universities.
Computrad has the finest security capabilities, with experienced design consultants and technical staff who are trained in the implementation and support of security environments.
Our experts are vendor agnostic so we can provide objective non-biased solutions across the entire security infrastructure – you can be assured of a solution that is tailored to your requirements based on the optimum configuration of hardware, software and specialist services.
Security requires expertise across the entire life of the project if you are to gain the full benefit. Computrad provides full end to end integration services from consulting, planning, design, project management builds and implementation.
Whether you are looking for an easier way to manage your security, reduce costs, improve security and visibility, Computrad has a AAF solution for your business.Click here to request a quote
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We've dealt with the largest government institutions such as the US military as well some fantastic SME's and startups - whatever your size, we're ready.
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