The latest report by IMARC Group, titled “Next-Generation Firewall Market Report by Type (Solutions, Services), Deployment Type (Cloud-based, On-premises), Security Type (Firewall, Unified Threat Management, Network Security, Identity Based Security, and Others), Organization Size (Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Large Enterprises), Vertical (Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), IT and Telecom, Government and Public Utilities, Retail, Education, Healthcare, Energy and Utilities, and Others), and Region 2024-2032”, offers a comprehensive analysis of the industry, which comprises insights on the market.

Next-Generation Firewall Market Outlook:

The global next-generation firewall market size reached US$ 5.7 Billion in 2023. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 14.3 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 10.68% during 2024-2032.

Leading Companies Operating in the Next-Generation Firewall Industry:

  • Barracuda Networks Inc.
  • Check Point Software Technologies
  • Cisco Systems
  • Forcepoint LLC
  • Fortinet Inc.
  • Gajshield Infotech Pvt Ltd.
  • Hillstone Networks Co.
  • Juniper Networks Inc.
  • Palo Alto Networks Inc.
  • Sonicwall Inc.
  • Sophos Ltd.
  • Zscaler Inc.

Factors Affecting the Growth of the Next Generation Firewall Industry:

  • Increasing Cybersecurity Threats:

The surge in cybersecurity threats is a major driver of the market. With the escalating sophistication of cyberattacks, such as ransomware, phishing, and advanced persistent threats (APTs), businesses and organizations are under immense pressure to fortify their network defenses. NGFWs offer advanced features like integrated intrusion prevention systems (IPS), deep packet inspection, and application-level inspection, which are critical in identifying and mitigating complex threats. Unlike traditional firewalls, NGFWs can understand and control granular network activities, making them essential in today's security infrastructure. The rising incidents of data breaches and the stringent regulatory compliance requirements also compel organizations to adopt NGFWs, ensuring data security and privacy.

  • Evolution of Connected Devices:

The proliferation of IoT (Internet of Things) and connected devices has significantly influenced the NGFW market. As more devices connect to corporate networks, the attack surface expands, introducing new vulnerabilities. NGFWs are designed to address these challenges by offering enhanced visibility and control over network traffic. They can identify and manage the risks associated with IoT devices, which often lack basic security features. Moreover, the integration of AI and machine learning in NGFWs enables real-time analysis of traffic from multiple sources, making it easier to detect and respond to threats in a complex network environment. This capability is particularly crucial as businesses increasingly adopt smart technologies, making NGFWs an indispensable component of network security strategies.

  • Rising Digital Transformation:

Digital transformation and the shift toward cloud computing are key factors propelling the NGFW market. As organizations migrate their operations and data to the cloud, they require robust security measures that can adapt to cloud environments. NGFWs address this need by offering advanced security features that are compatible with cloud-based infrastructure. These firewalls provide consistent security policies across on-premises and cloud environments, ensuring seamless protection. Furthermore, the scalability and flexibility of NGFWs align well with the dynamic nature of cloud services, allowing organizations to efficiently manage security across their evolving IT landscapes. This adaptability, combined with the demand for cloud-compatible security solutions, positions NGFWs as a critical tool in modern cybersecurity architectures.

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Next Generation Firewall Market Report Segmentation:

By Type: 

  • Solutions
    • Hardware Solutions
    • Software Solutions
  • Services
    • System Integration Services
    • Consulting Services
    • Support and Maintenance Services
    • Training and Education Services
    • Managed Services

Solutions represented the largest segment as they are dedicated appliances specifically designed to perform complex tasks.

By Deployment Type: 

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premises

Cloud-based deployment accounted for the largest market share as they offer unmatched flexibility and enable organizations to rapidly deploy and scale their security infrastructure.

By Security Type: 

  • Firewall
  • Unified Threat Management
  • Network Security
  • Identity Based Security
  • Others

Firewall represented the largest segment as they can effectively block unauthorized access to networks and acts as the first line of defense.

By Organization Size: 

  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Large Enterprises

Large enterprises accounted for the largest market share as they have substantial IT budgets earmarked for cybersecurity investments.

By Vertical: 

  • Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI)
  • IT and Telecom
  • Government and Public Utilities
  • Retail
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Others

Banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) sector represented the largest segment as it has an abundance of sensitive financial data, including customer information, transaction records, and financial assets.

By Region:

  • North America (United States, Canada)
  • Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Others)
  • Europe (Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, Others)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Others)
  • Middle East and Africa

North America leads the market as it is home to numerous tech giants and cybersecurity firms.

Next Generation Firewall Market Trends:

The adoption of a Zero Trust security model is driving the demand for NGFWs. Organizations are shifting from traditional perimeter-based security to a more granular approach that assumes no trust, even within the network. NGFWs play a crucial role in enforcing strict access controls and segmentation. Besides, with the increasing adoption of cloud services and the growth of remote work, there's a rising demand for cloud-native NGFW solutions. These solutions provide flexibility, scalability, and the ability to protect cloud-based resources and remote users.

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