The Modern Firewall Reducing The Attack Surface, Securing Applications

forbes | June 13, 2019

The age of the external perimeter is gone. The modern firewall is a different creature from the one in place before the rise of digital platforms, public cloud, distributed applications, the internet of things and sophisticated cyber weapons. The nature of work and collaboration is so radically different today that traditional firewalls focused on the external enterprise boundary are less effective. The mindset toward security has to reflect the critical importance (and vulnerability) of internal traffic and the times we live in one of precision and segmentation. How can a firewall strategy secure the internal network including mission-critical applications and data down to the workload level? The answer lies in micro-segmentation, a concept that begins with virtualization.

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Quality Bicycle Products is the largest distributor of bicycle parts and accessories in North America. Already committed to modernizing its development stack in the cloud, Quality Bicycle Products faced the impending closure of its on-premises data center by accelerating its move to the cloud, completing the migration to VMware Cloud on AWS in just three months.

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Quality Bicycle Products is the largest distributor of bicycle parts and accessories in North America. Already committed to modernizing its development stack in the cloud, Quality Bicycle Products faced the impending closure of its on-premises data center by accelerating its move to the cloud, completing the migration to VMware Cloud on AWS in just three months.

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VMware | November 11, 2022

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