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Debating the State of the Firewall in 2013

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Two weeks ago, AlgoSec guest blogger Matthew Pasccuci wrote about the Evolution of the Firewall. I’d like to continue this discussion… In his blog Matt forsees a network security environment that includes more virtual and cloud-based firewalls that are more focused by service as well as flexible firewalls that can filter at different layers. However, in an article from last year, InfoWorld columnist Roger Grimes wrote that the firewall was dead. I do believe and hope that Roger was using hyperbole to make a point that today’s environment means that the traditional firewall must adapt. Today, the classic concept of the network perimeter is no longer with the introduction of cloud computing, port-hopping
applications, mobile devices and increased outsourcing.

So… where does that leave the firewall in 2013? On Wednesday, January 30 at 12pm ET, AlgoSec is sponsoring a webcast panel discussion titled The State of the Firewall in 2013: Critical Evolution or Next-Gen Nonsense? that includes analysts, end-users, researchers and vendors, who will examine what this all means for the firewall, including a determination if, in the words of Mark Twain, “the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

This webcast, moderated by Mike Rothman, Analyst and President of Securosis, will start with a debate on the role of the firewall given the rapid evolution of the network infrastructure, and cover the crucial capabilities for firewalls to add value moving forward, what is overlooked and more. Additionally, the panel will share and examine analysis from recent independent firewall tests and debate hype versus reality in terms of the role of next-generation firewalls in an evolving network security infrastructure, based on first-hand experience in the field.

Panelists include:

  • Pankil Vyas, Senior Manager – Enterprise Security, General Motors
  • Ryan Liles, Director of Testing Services – NSS Labs
  • Nimmy Reichenberg, VP of Strategy – AlgoSec
  • Patrick Bedwell, VP of Products – Fortinet

I hope to see you on the webcast.

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