When it comes to protecting an organisation's data, you cannot compromise with any aspect of cybersecurity, especially the firewall. A firewall can either be a software or a hardware device that protects your computer as well as your network from online attackers.
A firewall basically allows a company to set up its own set of online rules for its users. Also, it allows a company to prevent its employees from visiting websites that are not trustworthy and can cause serious damage. Therefore, in this internet-driven era, if you don’t have a firewall installed, then the chances are really high that your business might fall into the playground of hackers.
In this article, we list down 10 firewall hardware that can be installed for both home network as well as small business network in order to strengthen the cybersecurity infrastructure.
(The list is in alphabetical order)
Bitdefender Box is a firewall hardware that protects all kinds of smart devices. Once set up, the device block malware, prevents passwords from getting stolen, prevents identity theft and hacker attacks for all internet-connected devices. It also protects devices that cannot have a local anti-virus installed on them. This firewall is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices, and also includes VPN.
Bitdefender Box can also be used as a personal firewall, especially by parents from keeping their kids away from websites that they are not supposed to check.
While many security vendors still heavily rely on signature-based detection, CUJO AI is a company that utilises machine learning, data science and AI to provide network operators with a multi-solution AI-driven software platform. And one of its top-tier products is the firewall.
Why does CUJO work? The machine learning classifier of the firewall trains itself on various data sets, then the ML algorithm identifies malicious activity or anomalies within the network traffic. Once that is done, the algorithm detects suspicious network traffic patterns and sends alerts for known and zero-day threats. That is not all, the firewall also predicts if a website or an application is potentially dangerous by comparing the behavioural patterns.
Firewalla is one of the popular as well as the easiest hardware firewalls to install. Doesn’t matter whether you are a homeowner or a business owner with less technical knowledge, Firewall got you covered. It is a combination of Firewall, IDS, IPS, Behavior Engine, Network Management Station, VPN server etc. and uses a form of AI.
Firewalla is built in such a way that it not only detects new devices connecting to your network but also disables them if there is something fishy happening. Meaning, it would alarm you every time someone tries to hack in into your security camera or any connected devices.
One of the best features about this firewall is that it also alarms you every time you click on a bad link (phishing, malware) on your PC/Tablet/Phone and also when your phone or other device install malware or infected.
The FortiGate Next Generation firewall by Fortinet is a high-performance network security device prevents intruders from entering your network. Also, it comes with application and user visibility, SSL inspection, and unknown threat detection.
This firewall allows you to set your own internet rules, enforce security policies with granular control and visibility of users and devices for thousands of discrete applications. It also keeps you updated with real-time views into network activity with the actionable application and risk dashboards and reports. It is definitely one of the best choices to take the cybersecurity infrastructure to the next level.
Protectli is another firewall provider that has some of the best firewalls devices in the industry. Whether its 2 ports or 6, Protectli have you covered. And all its products are fanless and based on a solid-state design, so they last a long time. Also, one of the best things about this firewall appliances is that they are open source; so, now you the Operating System that runs your network. The Vault is ready to run whatever you throw at it. Talking about the process, all the firewall appliances are Intel-powered. You can check their offerings here.
Silicon Valley-headquartered, SonicWall is one of the renowned companies in the cybersecurity domain. It sells a range of internet appliances primarily directed at content control and network security and one of their top-notch products is the SonicWall TZ400 firewall hardware.
The SonicWall TZ400 is a powerful internet drawbridge for your organisation’s network. One of the best things about this firewall is that it comes with SonicWall’s patented Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection. Further, this device makes sure that intruders are nowhere near to your network, providing protection for high-end attacks such Denial of service (DoS), it also supports multiple wan connections with a lightning-fast transfer rate.
The SonicWall SOHO is another firewall device that offers small offices big-business protection and uncompromising security over wired and wireless networks. SOHO uses the TZ Series Unified Threat Management (UTM) firewalls and makes sure the network is completely protected.
From Intrusion prevention to network-based anti-malware mitigation, content and URL filtering and anti-spam services, SonicWall got you covered. It also performs traffic inspection across all ports, without compromising performance. Therefore, it is definitely a go-to firewall device for businesses.
Ubiquiti Unifi Security Gateway is basically a router but with add-on capabilities. It is also a firewall that protects your network from intruders and comes with gigabit ethernet speeds. This two-in-one device can be used for both homes as well as business networks.
The amazing firewall is like a gatekeeper that routes all traffic before it even reaches the router, making sure that the incoming traffic is monitored well and protected through the advanced network management features.
WatchGuard Firebox T15 is a firewall device that can be seamlessly deployed everywhere the network connects. One of the most popular devices for a small or home office, the Firebox T15 can also be used by big organisations for full UTM protection for remote workers and smaller sites.
This device comes with a Total Security Suite and is cost-effective security. Whether it’s about preventing ransomware or data loss prevention, the WatchGuard Firebox T15 got you covered.
ZyWALL 110 is a VPN firewall built to protect the network from cyber-attacks without a slowdown. It offers security both locally and remotely — users can access their local networks remotely through secure VPN connections.
Having a faster processing capability it prevents attackers from decrypting VPN tunnels. One of the best thing about this firewall is that it automatically switches to the backup connection when the primary link fails, and automatically switches back to the primary connection once it is back online. It also has a website content filter which is a vital element for any firewall. It is definitely one of the sought after firewalls present in the industry right now.
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