Firewalls are a key measure to securing cloud services.

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FireMon have announced the release of its 2016 State of the Firewall Report. It found that the firewall remains at the centre of today's security infrastructure, but will need to evolve as next-generation firewalls (NGFWs) become the norm, and as emerging infrastructure paradigms such as SDN, cloud and micro-segmentation take hold.

The second annual report is based on a November 2015 survey completed by approximately 600 IT security practitioners from a range of professional roles, organisation sizes and industry verticals.

FireMon uncovered three major trends from the survey responses:

Firewalls remain an extremely valuable part of the network security infrastructure, even in the face of new technology paradigms such as the cloud.

* 91 percent of respondents stated that firewalls are as critical as ever or more critical than ever to their security architecture. The same percentage believes that this will continue to be the case within the next five years.

* Two-thirds of respondents stated that firewalls are somewhat or highly valuable to the cloud services they manage. This represents a 10 percent increase over 201 5.

NGFWs continue to see broad respondents adoption, adding complexity to security management.

* NGFWs represent at...

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