2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls
Third time’s a charm, the old saying goes. And, for the third year in a row, Gartner has named Forcepoint a Visionary in their 2019 Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls for ability to execute and completeness of vision. With Forcepoint NGFW, we particularly want to help distributed organizations better connect and protect their remote offices, stores and branches so that they can take advantage of the cloud to drive greater productivity and lower costs.
To set the stage for its analysis this year, Gartner begins its report* by highlighting a key industry trend: “With firewall providers embedding multiple security features in firewalls and enabling integration and automation capabilities with other security products, firewalls are evolving into network security platforms.”
We strongly agree. And while every vendor talks about having a platform, we see three elements as being of crucial importance:
- Enterprise Connectivity – Digital transformation is driving distributed organizations to make more use of cloud apps and direct internet connections for sites and users. As one of the first vendors to bring together Multi-Link VPN, Secure SD-WAN capabilities, and advanced clustering in our network firewalls, we see ensuring that users and data can be connected and protected robustly as two sides of the same coin.
- Extensible Security – As organizations disrupt the way they connect their remote sites and users, old ways of securing those connections have to change. Customers are increasingly telling us they’re looking for tight integration among their network (NGFW), web (SWG), and cloud app (CASB) security systems—no matter where their users are working.
- Management at Scale – Some of the less-frequently discussed areas of good security platforms can be summarized by the amount of effort it takes to get sites and users connected and protected. Through experience managing thousands of sites from a single pane of glass, we’ve found that capabilities like zero-touch provisioning and interactive analysis for faster incident response are critical to efficiency in global as well as local operations.
It’s an honor to be called a Visionary. We created Forcepoint to bring a new approach to the cybersecurity industry—to help customers to break free from the endless cycle of throwing billions of dollars at threat after threat without really feeling any safer. But even more important than vision is the ability to turn good ideas into effective solutions. That’s why our human-centric approach to security and our new cloud-based platform are designed specifically to enable enterprises and government agencies to better understand user behavior and intent so they can more efficiently and securely bring people and data together.
*Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls, Rajpreet Kaur, Adam Hils, Jeremy D'Hoinne, John Watts, 17 September 2019
GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally, and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.