Forcepoint NGFW Difference - Centralized Manageability


The Forcepoint NGFW Difference

Centralized Manageability

Automation to implement business processes faster while lowering operational burdens and costs

Forcepoint NGFW is specifically designed for centralized administration in widely distributed networks. Forcepoint Security Management Center (SMC) maps your business processes into automated security controls, with policy updates made in seconds and deployed throughout your enterprise with a single click. Use SMC to configure, monitor and update up to 2000 Forcepoint NGFW appliances – physical, virtual, and cloud – all from a single pane of glass.


IDC Research found that IT staff spent 53% less time administering their network security and had a 73% faster incident response time after switching to Forcepoint.

IDC Research, Forcepoint NGFW Business Value Snapshot, March 2017.

“Our experience with Forcepoint NGFW has exceeded our expectations…. By making use of the security management center (SMC) to manage all queries from one centralized system, we have been able to cut costs.”

CTO, Fusion Media Networks

Consistent capabilities and management, powered by unified software

Forcepoint network security solutions are centrally managed to help connect and protect your network as it evolves, whether virtualizing your data centers or moving workloads to the Cloud.

Zero-touch plug & play deployment

Save time and money by deploying Forcepoint NGFW to remote offices and branch locations without an on-site technician. Devices can automatically download their initial configuration from Forcepoint’s Installation Cloud, eliminating the need for manual set up.

Faster, more accurate implementation of business processes

Replace static, low-level firewall rules with dynamic, high-level Smart Policies that express your business processes in familiar terms such as: users, organizations, applications, services, locations, actions and many more. Create groups of different types to be used throughout policies, replacing hardcoded values with understandable names that can be updated from a single location. Reuse policies (throughout the network) via advanced techniques such as hierarchical inheritance and sub-policies.

Automated enforcement of policy change processes

SMC makes it easy to see and control how policies change over time. Administrators can compare successive versions of policies to display changes that occurred while they were out of the office. In addition, secondary approval can be required for policy modifications, simplifying compliance with change management mandates and industry best practices.

Immediate response with one-click policy updates

Administrators can use SMC to quickly update and publish policies to all affected firewalls, globally and with a single click. This shortens incident response time and enables organizations to shut down attacks before they turn into breaches or stolen data.

Managed Service Provider (MSP) operations

SMC manages different departments within an enterprise or different organizations entirely from a single management server. Each department or client can have its own independent configurations and policies that the MSP can administer efficiently from a single location. The Forcepoint Global Managed Service Provider Program complements our technology to help make our MSP partners successful.

Integration into your environment

SMC supports RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs) for automation and integration with 3rd party firewall administration systems.

IDC: The Business Value of Forcepoint Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) Solutions

In a recent study, IDC analyzed the business value and benefits of supporting network operations with Forcepoint NGFW solutions. The research included interviews with eight organizations relying upon Forcepoint’s NGFW to connect and protect their networks and business operations. IDC created a model based upon their analysis to identify the costs and real benefits of deploying Forcepoint NGFW.

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