Toward Security in the Cloud

The decision to move to a Network-Based Firewall Service is certainly a multi-faceted one. But making an honest assessment of your organization’s security skills and resources is a great place to start. The next step is to choose whether you can handle the task in-house or not. Network-based firewall services (NBFWS) are gaining momentum.  By their location in the cloud, NBFWS offer advantages related to effectiveness, scalability, availability, and extensibility. Also on the list of potential benefits are compelling cost advantages.

Yet, the decision to move to NBFWS is, ultimately, a risk decision. For some organizations, the risk is too high, regardless of the cost savings. For others, NBFWS can meet the corporate risk profile. Read the Nemertes paper on this topic and the critical steps in the decision making process.


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Security-as-a-Service adoption is on the rise as organizations recognize it can be more effective and less costly than in-house Do-it-Yourself (DIY) solutions. Security-as-a-Service is cloud-based security services delivered via the Internet or a public switched network such as Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), on a subscription or pay-as-you-go basis. A consideration for many security organizations is firewall Security-as-a-Service: a Network-Based-Firewall Service (NBFWS) also known as a cloud-based firewall. Firewalls have been a mainstay of IT security for more than 20 years and their primary function, making inbound/outbound decisions on user and application data, is still the same. Of course, firewalls now offer packet inspection that supports the full protocol, whether in-house or in the cloud. This gives IT security management a fundamental choice: DIY or NBFWS. How does one choose which option is best for their business? It turns out there are three key factors to address when making the choice: trust, effectiveness, and cost.