July 5 Security Speakeasy: Debunking the Firewall Datasheet

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This week, Mohit Bhasin and Palo Alto Networks senior technical marketing manager Marcel Hoffman discuss and debunk the myth of the one-size-fits-all datasheet.


In "Security Speakeasy: Debunking the Firewall Datasheet," Hoffman talks about the importance of doing proof concept and evaluating the realistic performance of a firewall. Firewall datasheets come in different shapes and sizes, and can be misleading if they don't match your real-word uses and specifics. 


"Read the fine print, which often tells you what features were enabled, what was the traffic mix. Ask the vendor...You don't want to be in a situation when during an under attack you need a very specific security feature you haven't used before, have to enable it, and then you see that your firewall will not be able to handle the additional performance impact."

— Marcel Hoffman  


 When shopping for firewalls, you not only want to know what go beyond the datasheet with proof of concepts, but understand day-to-day administration and, yes, taking the firewall for a "test drive."


Watch the video below to learn more! You can also checkout LIVEcommunity's Next-Generation Firewall page, and find more information on datasheets and Palo Alto's NGFW after you're done. 



The Security Speakeasy YouTube Playlist is updated every Monday at noon PDT. 


Want to learn more? Read our LIVEcommunity blog announcing the Security Speakeasy series.  


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