Firewall selection criteria will typically fall into three areas: security functions, operations and performance. The security functions element corresponds to the efficacy of the security controls and the ability of your team to manage the risk associated with the applications that are traversing your network. From an operations perspective, the big question is, “Where does application policy live, and how hard or complex is it for your team to manage?”
The performance difference is simple: Can the firewall do what it’s supposed to do at the required throughput your business needs? While each organization will have varied requirements and priorities within the three selection criteria, the 10 things your next firewall must do remain consistent.