The Urgent Need for Network Security

Published December 13th, 2019

Have you been suffering from frequent and costly data breaches recently? You’re not alone. The global cyber landscape has been plagued with ransomware and other attacks. In fact, as reported by the 2019 World Economic Forum, cyber attacks are one of the top 5 threats to global economic development. It’s not a matter of if it will happen to you, but when.

Threat Prevention

Threat prevention is high on everyone’s list in 2020. After all, organizations share the same goal: to protect their enterprise by ensuring the safety of their trade secrets and the privacy of their customers, and to stay compliant. So, everyone is acting quickly to meet digital transformation initiatives.

Why the rush? Cybercrime is thriving, and it’s lethal. With an abundance of sophisticated technology at their disposal, cybercriminals no longer need to spend much time to create brilliant, evasive cyber attacks. Plus, with the distractions of corporate network growth and heavier Internet traffic, often no one notices that they’ve been attacked until it’s too late.

It’s time-consuming and expensive for organizations to recover from an attack and challenging for them to meet the ever-growing challenge of stopping cybercriminals before an attack occurs. To succeed in preventing and thwarting attacks, every network needs a network security device, working in accordance with an organization’s security policies, to keep track of and filter incoming and outgoing network traffic. Simply put, non-threatening traffic should remain in and dangerous traffic should be kept out. A Firewall can be deployed to sit between a private internal network and the public Internet in order to protect the network from viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware and ransomware.

As cyber threats grow more prevalent and vicious, firewalls are expanding into a new market consisting of Network Firewalls and  Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW). What exactly is this fast-growing Network Firewall market? According to Gartner, it is composed primarily of firewalls offering bidirectional controls (both egress and ingress) for securing networks. These networks can be on-premises, hybrid (on-premises and cloud), public cloud or private cloud. Network Firewalls offer defense against application-layer and advanced malware attacks through intrusion detection and prevention. Additionally, they involve many safeguards, including continuous network scans, application awareness and control, logging and reporting. In addition to combatting attacks, Next Generation Firewalls can identify and completely block malware before it even enters the network.

Check Point Leading the Fight Against Cybercriminals

NSS Labs, Inc. released results for its 2019 Breach Prevention Systems (BPS) Group

Test and recognized the Check Point Next Generation Threat Prevention Appliance with

Endpoint Security as NSS Labs Recommended, marking Check Point s 20th NSS Labs Recommended rating. Download the Breach Prevention Systems Test Report and Security Value Map to learn how Check Point achieved:

  • 98.4% security effectiveness
  • 100% HTTP block rate
  • 100% email block rate
  • 100% exploits block rate
  • 100% post-infection block rate
  • 0% False positives

Additionally, over the last 20 years, Check Point has been named a Leader in Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls (NFW). Check Point continues to strive for excellence, offering the most advanced threat prevention and threat intelligence capabilities, completeness of security vision, strong technology partners, scalability, Hyperscale Network Security for high throughput capacities, and centralized management offerings for control across all networks and cloud environments.

Beyond the First Line of Defense

It’s clear that state-of-the-art firewall technology has reached new pinnacles of real-time threat intelligence and security, working to protect entire enterprises including data center, mobile, endpoint, cloud and IoT.

However, no matter how great the technology employed, you still need highly skilled people and well-honed policies for your organization to achieve digital transformation. Then, cybercriminals will be stopped in their tracks, allowing you to grow your organization in a time of peace.