What is FWaaS?
Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) is a new way to deliver firewall and other network security capabilities as a cloud service. FWaaS provides a simpler and more flexible architecture to leverage centralized policy management, content filtering, bandwidth shaping, malware and threat protection, and other firewall and unified threat management capabilities.
Why FWaaS is important?
Organizations with dispersed locations often rely on physical appliances at each location, which can be costly, inefficient, and difficult to maintain without a large IT staff. With FWaaS, a single firewall can filter an entire organization, no matter their location. If one office uses more resources than another, bandwidth is seamlessly scaled to meet the needs of all locations, ensuring uninterrupted service and zero downtime. By utilizing FWaaS, organizations no longer need to worry about maintaining hardware or applying patches and updates as this task falls on the FWaaS provider, ensuring the organization’s network is always secure.
Gartner, a leading research and analyst firm, has named FWaaS as an emerging technology in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management (SMB Multifunction Firewalls) Report. In a client survey, 14% of respondents indicated they were likely or very likely to consider moving all the firewall security functions to FWaaS.
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