Authors: Julian Owusu-Abrokwa, Devon James and Keith Bormann

Publish Date: August 22, 2019

As Web 3.0 trends push critical business applications through firewall ports that previously were reserved for a single function, such as HTTP, legacy firewall technology is effectively blinded. It is unable to differentiate between actual HTTP traffic and non-HTTP services tunneling over port 80, such as VoIP or instant messaging. Today, application-level monitoring must be performed in addition to analysis of port and destination. Firewalls are evolving to address this increased complexity.

It is no longer possible to rely on port and protocol combinations alone to define network applications. The NGFW must be capable of determining which applications are running, regardless of which ports they are using, in order to secure them effectively. This section verifies that the device is capable of enforcing the security policy effectively.