5 firewall features IT pros should know about but probably don’t

As a foundational network defense, firewalls continue to be enhanced with new features, so many that some important ones get overlooked.

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Firewalls continuously evolve to remain a staple of network security by incorporating functionality of standalone devices, embracing network-architecture changes, and integrating outside data sources to add intelligence to the decisions they make – a daunting wealth of possibilities that is difficult to keep track of.

Because of this richness of features, next-generation firewalls are difficult to master fully, and important capabilities sometimes can be, and in practice are, overlooked.

Here is a shortlist of new features IT pros should be aware of.

  1. Network segmentation
  2. Policy optimization
  3. Credential-theft prevention
  4. DNS security
  5. Dynamic user groups