While perimeter security has certainly changed over the years, it would be negligent to suggest that companies not protect the edge of their network as best as they can.
Want proof? Published reports of a recent hack at an Asian bank netted the criminals more than $80 million due to an underpowered router that was misconfigured. What companies need at the perimeter are strong defenses using next-generation technology configured to provide the greatest amount of security and the least possible downtime.
High availability is at the core of Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall. Through Active-Active clustering of up to 16 nodes, it offers greater flexibility in situations where process-intensive security applications, such as deep inspection or VPNs, require better performance.
Transparent session failovers and support for running different software versions in the same cluster allow administrators to upgrade software and services on firewalls with no downtime. Native clustering means no extra load-balancing systems that add complexity. And through Forcepoint Multi-Link, high availability is also extended to cover network and IPsec VPN connections.
Next-generation technology is built into every module. These include dynamic server load balancing, management redundancy, firewall-integrated server load balancing, Forcepoint Multi-Link technology for VPN failover, and Active-Active clustering, which enables the clustering of up to 16 devices so organizations are assured the highest availability and scalability from the core to the edge of their networks without the need for expensive standby systems.
This technology offers some important advantages. Active-Active clustering allows uninterrupted operations during system maintenance and updates. The units are incredibly resilient. Combining the links into the augmented VPN removes the dependency of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) circuits and no longer is the single point of failure as an individual link.
High network availability requires that your team knows what's going on with your network at any given time. Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall acts as the core of your network security, centralizing the monitoring, management and reporting across diverse virtual, physical and third-party devices. Your team also has the benefit of real-time visualization of network operations, improving response time for recognition and remediation of incidents and threats.
High availability also means easier, uninterrupted maintenance. By leveraging high-availability technology, you can upgrade your clusters node by node without service breaks. Clusters can operate with different software versions and even with different hardware nodes during maintenance.
Presented by Forcepoint Security Labs