Protecting organizations from cyberattacks starts with a next-generation firewall (NGFW) platform as the cornerstone of an effective network security strategy. With a prevention-focused architecture, security teams can easily adopt best practices to prevent successful attacks, use automation and analytics to reduce manual effort, replace multiple point products, and deploy tightly integrated innovations that strengthen and simplify security.

This buyers guide covers the evolution of the firewall to “next-generation,” highlights critical capabilities a NGFW must have to secure your network and your business, and provides key questions you should ask during the RFP process as you formally evaluate your next NGFW.