Recent publicity over issues in Cisco, Juniper, Fortinet and FireEye firewalls have prompted us to remind everyone why network firewalls shouldn’t be the only thing between the Internet and your data. While this may be obvious to the most security-minded folks out there, we believe there are others who could benefit from our shedding some light on the best approach to bolster your security posture and protect what matters the most: your data.
Can you trust your network firewall to protect your data?
Remember the days when your network firewall was the one and only defense against all forms of cyber-attacks? Now, several generations later, those same firewalls are now the source of serious vulnerabilities in your security posture. The recent wave of disclosures from Cisco, Juniper, Fortinet and FireEye could just be the tip of the iceberg. It was bound to happen given that today’s firewalls have millions of lines of software code and myriad features compared to the first generation firewalls which had less functionality and as a result, a smaller attack surface.
A layered approach to security – you can have your cake and eat it too!
We at Imperva firmly believe in a layered approach to cyber security—with firewalls to protect your perimeter AND a layer of app/data protection. The end game for most hackers or malicious insiders is getting access to the firm’s data. Just like a twin-engine jet is significantly safer than a single engine aircraft, having multiple layers of security, using best of breed solutions is the prudent way to handle cyber security.