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The NGFW is Dead

The NGFW is Dead

Let’s get this out of the way: the next-generation firewall (NGFW) is dead. The cause of death: cloud. However, this is not an execution, rather a slow, decline into irrelevance in the face of a more agile competitor. The shroud of death and decay are all around the...

Intrusion Prevention Endgame

All good things must come to an end.  In the late 90’s I was fortunate to be involved with the development of one of the first intrusion prevention systems (BlackICE).  It was a defining job for me since I learned so much working with the NetworkICE people, notably...
UTM v NGFW: A Single Shade of Gray

UTM v NGFW: A Single Shade of Gray

One of the things I enjoy is analyzing the language of the security industry. Language not only communicates ideas, but also intentions, aspirations, and fears. One of those words that I find fascinating “Next Generation Firewalls,” (NGFW). This blog first addressed...
Packet Goes Where? The Value of Firewall Naming Conventions

Packet Goes Where? The Value of Firewall Naming Conventions

A zillion or so years ago, humans developed writing. This was a big deal for civilization. People could document things like how to get rid of lice, defend castles from Huns and which berries are toxic.  Civilization would have quickly succumbed to lice, toxic berries...
The Cult of Palo Alto Networks

The Cult of Palo Alto Networks

What the heck is it with Palo Alto Networks? I have said before they seem more like a cult than a firewall manufacturer. I have observed reasonable companies spend two to four times what a comparable Juniper, Cisco or Fortinet would cost, so they can have that special...