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The IT industry is constantly evolving. The Internet has given IT trends like cloud computing, BYOD and IoT adaptive advantage over previous insular methods of connection, with business-critical applications and IT services hosted remotely and accessible 24/7 on an endless array of devices in an endless number of locations. These adaptable trends survive because they are the fittest, but is network security evolving at the same pace? 
Ethics has never played the greatest role in the process of evolution and the IT industry is no exception. Information is the newest global business currency and sensitive data like financial information and confidential corporate information is understandably the target of coevolving corrosive elements like defacement, ransomware and malware. 
The security market has responded with many granular security solutions but less than 40% of enterprises have progressed to Next Generation Firewall protection methods. Those organizations who are protected by Firewall or IPS often neglect to evolve their security protection into the realm of Web Application Firewall or more comprehensive and proactive methods of protection. WAF and deep-learning security components are often seen as an additional investment with few monetary benefits, while the protection offered by NGFW & IPS is becoming too general and reactive with the increasing number of evolving web vulnerabilities. 
In 2017, a new variation of ransomware called WannaCry infected more than 99 countries, attacking governments, schools, hospitals, and other industries. It was this incident that made ransomware well-known to the public. 
Ransomware is a malicious software that cyber-criminals use to hold your files (or computer) for ransom and requiring you to pay a certain amount of money to get them back by encrypting your files. Since its been discovered, Ransomware has been growing at a tremendous speed with more and more users being infected, both companies and consumers. This is critically affecting the productivity & reputation of many companies, which many of them are paying in the end.
More and more varients  are now being spread such as XBash, which are focus on data system destruction and crypto currency mining. Application security is no longer optional. Between increasing attacks and regulatory pressures, organizations must establish effective processes and capabilities for securing their applications and APIs (Source: OWASP, 2017). With risk awareness & cost concerns delaying the evolution of true organizational security, many businesses are simply taking what’s offered with no consideration given to (or no idea of) true needs. 

SANGFOR Next Generation Application Firewall

Sangfor NGAF is a converged security solution providing protection against IPS, advanced threat, malware, viruses, ransomware and web-based attacks using integrated security features like FW, IPS, AV, Anti-malware, APT, URL filtering, Cloud Sandbox, and WAF. Sangfor NGAF uses its own Cloud Sandbox to isolate possible emerging threats that haven’t yet been added to any security database, making it especially effective against 0-day attacks.
Neural-X, Sangfor’s newest security innovation, is at the core of a sophisticated web of Sangfor developed network security elements like threat intelligence, deep learning, WAF, ZSand, Botnet Malware Detection and Engine Zero. As a cloud-based intelligence and analytic platform powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), Neural-X empowers and expands security detection capabilities for Sangfor's network, endpoint, and security-as-a-service offerings.

 

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