Hillstone Networks: Making the Most of the Present, Looking Forward to the Future

Hillstone Networks recently reached a milestone, having been named by Gartner as a Visionary in their 2021 Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls. This recognition comes a full eight years since Hillstone first entered Gartner’s radar, and is a testament to the company’s “dedication to quality and innovation,” according to Gary Wang, Product Marketing Manager at Hillstone Networks.

A Visionary, as Gartner explains, is a vendor that addresses “operationally or financially important end-user problems at a broad scale but has not yet demonstrated the ability to capture market share or sustainable profitability.” In other words, a Visionary is on the trajectory to become a leader—with the technology to cause positive disruption and the potential to become an industry pioneer.

“We’ve been on Gartner’s radar for the last eight consecutive years, slowly inching our way over and over until now, we’ve crossed the threshold into the new realm of classification as a Visionary,” said Wang in a recent Hillstone-organised webinar. “We believe we received this achievement because of our forward-thinking approach to implementing various forms of technology. As you all probably know by now, each of our individual security products has the capability of seeing, understanding and acting.”

Innovation at the Forefront

Wang stressed in the webinar that these technologies—SD-WAN, Cloud Security, XDR and Next-Generation Firewalls—work well in tandem, producing “a see-understand-act feeling from a grander perspective.”

Hillstone Networks, in particular, strips away the complexity of cybersecurity by building on a common need from all organisations—connectivity—and placing it hand-in-hand with Hillstone’s speciality, which is security. As Hillstone helps organisations upgrade their connectivity, it’ll also help them prepare for looming threats associated with connectivity by integrating security within its connectivity solution. This way, Wang explains, organisations will have built a malleable foundation for cybersecurity that is able to be expanded upon in the future.

Of course, Wang also pointed out that fortifying security won’t be a problem if organisations trust in the Hillstone Networks vision. Hillstone’s comprehensive product suite and key technologies will take care of that, with special mention of Hillstone’s XDR solution, iSource. This solution uses advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine-Learning (ML) implementation to stop both known and unknown threats (with AI and ML enabling the system to “learn on the fly”). 

Wang also made special mention of Hillstone’s next-generation firewalls, noting, “There is a reason why we say it’s ‘next gen’—because this product is future-ready. It possesses hardware and software capabilities that allow for it to be easily scaled up and adjusted for the future.” For instance, “Having USB 3.0 means their ports won’t become obsolete for a long time coming and having more than sufficient forms of ventilation allows them to become sustainable.”

More in Store for the Future

The threat landscape for 2022 is only going to grow bigger, in part, due to hybrid work arrangements staying for the long term and, in part, due to devices growing in number exponentially. It is likely to be riskier, too, with data leaks and ransomware being the two biggest threats to enterprises. The risk is so high, in fact, that getting attacked is no longer a matter of if but when.

“Today, a security breach is no longer an exception but the norm,” said Tim Liu, Co-Founder and CTO at Hillstone Networks, who spoke at length in the webinar about the cybersecurity challenges of 2022 and the trends that Hillstone is keeping an eye on. “You may not get breached today but you might get breached next year or next month. So, you have to be really ready to respond to an instance, to a breach, or to an attack.”

All told, 2022 is shaping up to be a most challenging one for organisations and their IT teams. Hillstone, however, promises to keep innovating, as it has always done over the years, to provide best-in-class cybersecurity solutions especially configured to face the threats of today and tomorrow.

Among other things, he said to expect Hillstone to leverage AI and ML even more, especially in light of malicious actors using AI themselves. Hillstone aims to offer security for the distributed workforce, potentially implementing Zero-Trust Network Access (ZTNA) and completing a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture that incorporates both SD-WAN and ZTNA. Hillstone's roadmap includes helping organisations to meet compliance requirements more seamlessly to prevent needless disruptions and possible lawsuits and fines that can compromise a company’s bottom line.

Looking Up, Moving Forward

There is no doubt that 2021 was a bumper year for Hillstone, having released a range of updated and newly minted cybersecurity solutions—from Microsegmentation for the Cloud, the aforementioned iSource and its A-Series NGFW platform—and then being hailed as a Visionary by Gartner to end the year with a bang.  

It goes without saying that things are looking up for Hillstone. But it isn’t resting on its laurels just yet. It will continue to press forward in 2022, innovating as always to provide the kind of cybersecurity organisations need in these threat-heavy times.

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