The network is at the heart of the digital transformation, and when it comes to securing it, the firewall remains the frontline of defense for organizations. But as the network continues to evolve, we know that security must adapt. For Cisco, this means providing network security that has world-class controls in every place you need them with unified policy and threat visibility. We have made significant strides towards that vision over the past 12 months, and it is always gratifying when the market acknowledges it.

To that end, I am thrilled to share that Gartner has once again named Cisco a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls. We believe this recognition validates our multi-year journey to reimagine the firewall as the foundation of a truly integrated security platform.

Cisco has demonstrated its leadership in the market through continuous investment in innovation, including:

  • Cisco Defense Orchestrator (CDO). At Cisco Live U.S., we launched CDO, a cloud-based, API-driven product that simplifies and unifies policy and device management. From a single interface, you can now seamlessly orchestrate policy changes across all of your ASA, NGFW and Meraki MX devices.
  • Firepower with Cisco Threat Response (CTR). CTR accelerates detection, investigation and remediation of threats by automating integrations across Cisco Security products and threat intelligence sources. With the new FirePower integration, CTR can now utilize intrusion alerts from FirePower devices to cut through the noise and deliver curated alerts that truly need your attention.
  • New NGFW appliances. Earlier this year, we released new NGFW appliances that couple ease of use with deep visibility to protect your business – whether you are an SMB, service provider, or anything in between. With a strong cost to performance ratio, they offer a dramatic 3.5x performance boost over previous ASA and Firepower appliances and unique hardware-based capabilities for inspecting encrypted traffic.

These advancements, in addition to many others, have cemented our place in the next-generation firewall market. But we know that in order to deliver truly effective security, the firewall needs to be part of a larger integrated architecture that spans all threat vectors.

This is why Cisco has invested in building the broadest and most effective portfolio that spans the network, endpoint, cloud and workload. And now we are doing the hard work of integrating the products to create a security platform that can automatically share threat intelligence, policy information, and event data. As a result, you have visibility across all attack vectors, and when a Cisco Security product sees a threat in one place, the whole integrated system can automatically stop the threat everywhere across your IT ecosystem.

So, when you invest in Cisco NGFW, you are investing in a foundation for security that is agile and integrated, giving you the strongest security posture available.


Visit Cisco.com/go/NGFW to learn more about how Cisco NGFW can help secure your organization.



2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls, Rajpreet Kaur, Adam Hils, Jeremy D’Hoinne, John Watts, September 17, 2019.
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Dr. Gee Rittenhouse

Senior Vice President and General Manager

Security Business Group