Lowering Costs to Increase Network Security. Myth or Reality?

Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: February 9th, 2016

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Francesco Trama
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Commercial-Landscaping-Budget-Blog.jpgWhile there are different methods for pricing network security products, the market has shifted toward the adoption of the usage based pricing model. In this case (as you are likely to be extremely familiar with), your costs depends on the level of traffic to your network – whether that traffic is wanted or unwanted.

These days, most critical network security products base their pricing exclusively on usage limits. Each level of security includes up to a certain amount of usage, and if your traffic is higher than that, you go up to the next price level. For an organization with a lot of network traffic, this can get expensive.

Today’s network security professionals and IT managers are always trying to do more with less. With constrained resources and limited staff, its is important to think about how to work smarter, not harder, and identify how to get the most mileage out of your budget.

Is it Possible to Lower Your Costs While Increasing Your Security?

The short answer: YES!

Firewall platforms price their products in different ways, but all of them are based at their core on software usage limits. So if you exceed a certain usage limit, you’re bumped up to the next price bracket.

By implementing a Next-Gen advanced-IP filter, you can limit network traffic and cut down on overall usage. The amount of malicious traffic that’s filtered out can amount to 50-60% of the volume of traffic coming into your environment. Therefore, if your current level of traffic requires one particular model, adding a Next-Gen advanced-IP filter allow you to  downgrade to a less expensive model once you reduce unwanted traffic. With an advanced-IP layer, the cost savings is often less than half of what you would pay without one, with savings in the thousands. Considering this, as well as the added level of protection – why wouldn’t you install a Next-Gen advanced-IP filter?  {{cta(‘97350a3c-dbe8-4912-9d67-85fe7aa50002′,’justifyright’)}}

Have you experienced usage savings with Next-Gen advanced-IP filtering? Share your experience in the comments below.