10 Considerations for Building a Hybrid Mesh Firewall
Published by Fortinet
Today’s Threats Require a New Approach to Network Security
Today’s attackers, whether individuals, organized crime rings, or even hostile nation-states, are more sophisticated, better organized, and better financed than ever. This can be seen in the growing number of threats, such as advanced persistent attacks, ransomware, and wiper threats—often facilitated by the rise of Crime-as-a-Service (CaaS), new attacks targeting nontraditional devices, and the increase in multifaceted attack strategies. And new concerns are looming, such as the weaponization of artificial intelligence (AI) and the fear that quantum computing will degrade the effectiveness of the encryption tools that are the basis for much of modern cybersecurity.
However, it’s not just the threat landscape that is changing. Broader economic and social trends are leading many organizations to rethink their approaches to network security as part of new digital transformation projects.
One outcome of these changes is the realization that network security tools, especially firewalls, can’t work in isolation. Instead, they must work together, forming what is being called a hybrid mesh firewall (HMF).2 This unified security platform provides coordinated protection to multiple areas of enterprise IT, including corporate sites, such as branches, campuses, data centers, public and private clouds, and remote workers. This, then, can form the core of a broader security framework.