By Saif Ali Depari, Content Writer (Research) at Global Market Insights
Firewalls, while critical to securing data, do have some glaring shortcomings, not the least of which is the effort it takes to maintain them. Firewall as a service just may be a better way to safeguard company data.
Businesses are finding that the consequences of having weak and vulnerable security systems can be catastrophic, making a robust and fully functional firewall crucial to preventing data breaches. However, the added complexity of managing firewalls can overwhelm an already overburdened IT team. Instead, organizations should consider turning to a firewall delivered as a cloud-based option, or firewall-as-a-service.
One of the foremost pure software management systems vendors, FireMon, which also partakes in the FWaaS market, recently unveiled the outcomes of a comprehensive survey of network security professionals conducted in 2017 on the criticality of firewalls to avert data leaks.
The survey found that 72 percent of the respondents believe that if firewalls are not configured appropriately, the massive funds being spent on securing IT infrastructure will be wasted. Therefore, as public and private enterprises gradually realize the importance of adopting firewalls, the global FWaaS industry is bound to attain a prominent position in safeguarding crucial data and information across the globe.
Apart from being deployed extensively across numerous business verticals, firewalls have found wide acceptance in various other applications as well.
With an inherent goal of sharing information and knowledge to encourage educational achievement, leading institutions of higher learning more and more are offering open online courses. However, as a consequence of this openness, these universities’ IT networks have been left vulnerable to various cyberthreats. Subsequently, many renowned educational institutions have begun to modernize their network resources.
Penn State University, for instance, as part of its cybersecurity initiative, is upgrading numerous decentralized firewall systems to a next-generation enterprise firewall platform. The Office of Information Security has teamed up with Penn State’s IT cell to shield the computer networks of the university. Moreover, to ensure the security of the entire university community and to combat highly damaging cyberattacks, a number of projects are being undertaken to propel Penn State toward a more information-centric and integrated approach to cybersecurity.
Penn State is just one example: More such instances of building progressive firewalls are underway at notable universities worldwide. Needless to say, the major players in the FWaaS market are anticipated to shoulder the vital responsibility of delivering on the…