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Healthcare Network Firewalls Include Next-Generation Features

October 15, 2018 / Elizabeth O'Dowd

Organizations looking for healthcare network firewalls should consider the features that make each vendor unique, so they can select a solution that best meets their needs, according to Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant report. Gartner predicts that by 2022, 15 percent of enterprise firewall RFPs will include a requirement for the vendor to support and manage IaaS-native firewall policies. The research firm also predicts that virtualized versions of enterprise network firewalls will grow from 5 percent of the market today, to 15 percent of the market by 2023. Firewalls are the first line of defense for securing healthcare network against the public internet. Firewalls are digital walls that stand between protected health data and potentially dangerous malware. Following an established set of rules, firewalls actively monitor incoming and outgoing traffic. In doing so, a firewall blocks the secure network from the internet and only allows pre-cleared data to pass through.