Securing your “perimeter” should be considered the foundation of any business’s cyber security strategy. Your perimeter is made up of any device or service that is public facing. This includes your internet connections, remote access methods, websites and externally facing applications.
Services or devices that sit in your perimeter are a primary target for cyber criminals as they are exposed to the internet and as such, easily accessible to the outside world. Workloads are everywhere, networks are highly distributed, and workers are increasingly mobile allowing for attackers to exploit weak points.
Appliances such as NextGen or Web Application Firewalls create a layer of protection between your externally facing services and the internet. These appliances should be mandatory for any business as a first line of defence.