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Managed Firewall Services

Performance Networks / Managed Firewall Services

In a world of increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks, a firewall has to be an important part of any comprehensive network security strategy. Without a managed firewall service, your data could be compromised and your business vulnerable to external threats.

By providing protection against malicious traffic, keeping your data and sensitive information safe, and helping to meet security and compliance regulations, a firewall is a valuable investment for any organisation.

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What is firewall security?

Firewall security refers to the use of a firewall to protect a network from external threats, such as hackers, malware or ransomware. It creates a barrier between a trusted internal network and an untrusted external network, such as the internet.

Firewalls work by controlling incoming and outgoing network traffic, based on predetermined security rules. These rules can be based on a number of factors, including the source or destination of the traffic, the type of traffic or the port number being used.

Network firewall security can also be configured to log and alert administrators of any suspicious or malicious activity.

Benefits of firewall security

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Protect against threats

A network firewall acts as a first line of defence against external threats, such as hackers, malware and smishing attacks. It works by inspecting incoming traffic and blocking any that appears to be malicious or unauthorised. This helps to prevent attackers from accessing your network and causing damage.

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Keep data safe

A network firewall can help to keep your data and sensitive information safe by blocking unauthorised access and protecting against data breaches. It can also prevent sensitive data from being transmitted outside of your network, ensuring that it remains secure and confidential.

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Filter traffic

A network firewall can filter incoming traffic to ensure that only legitimate traffic is allowed to pass through. This helps to reduce the risk of malicious traffic entering your network, and can also help to improve the performance of your network by eliminating unnecessary traffic.

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Meet regulations

A network firewall can help your organisation to meet various security, privacy, and compliance regulations, such as PCI DSS and HIPAA. By enforcing access privileges and limiting access to sensitive resources, a network firewall can help to ensure that your organisation is in compliance with these regulations.

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Enforce privileges

A network firewall can enforce access privileges to help reduce risk. It can do this by allowing only authorised users to access specific resources, and by blocking access to unauthorised users. This helps to prevent unauthorised access to sensitive data and resources, which can help to reduce the risk of data breaches and other security incidents.

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Limit access

A network firewall can also help to limit access to sensitive resources, such as servers and databases. By restricting access to these resources to authorised users only, a network firewall can help to prevent unauthorised access and reduce the risk of data breaches and other security incidents.

The technology behind our managed firewall services

Our customers have access to cutting-edge technology from some of the world’s leading providers of network security firewalls. In particular, our partnerships with Cisco, Cisco Meraki and Fortinet allows us to deliver value-added services, focused technical expertise and higher levels of customer satisfaction.

Cisco Next Generation Firewalls

Network firewall devices that provide advanced security features such as application control, intrusion prevention and advanced malware protection. Designed to be scalable and flexible, they can be deployed in a variety of network environments.

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Cisco Meraki MX Firewalls

A cloud-managed network firewall security system that offers advanced features including content filtering, intrusion prevention and VPN connectivity. Easy to deploy and manage, they’re particularly suited to small and medium-sized businesses, plus large geographically dispersed companies.

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Smoothwall Firewall

A Linux-based firewall solution that comes complete with state-of-the-art security features such as intrusion prevention, content filtering and VPN connectivity. Easy to install and manage, this network firewall is suitable for the Education sector.

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Fortinet Firewalls

A line of network security devices that come with application control, intrusion prevention and advanced malware protection. Suitable for organisations of all sizes, they are designed to be scalable and flexible, allowing them to be deployed in a variety of network environments.

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Firewall configuration and monitoring

Protecting against threats and maintaining network functionality, configuration and monitoring are two essential critical elements of firewall security.

Firewall configuration

Firewall configuration refers to the set of rules and settings which control the flow of incoming and outgoing network traffic. It helps to secure a network by allowing or denying access based on specified criteria, such as source IP address, port number or the type of data.

Firewall monitoring

The continuous monitoring of firewall activity and performance ensure that it is secure and functioning as it should. Firewall monitoring involves looking at firewall logs, network traffic and security alerts to identify potential threats, performance issues and misconfigurations.

Features of our managed firewall services

  • Free consultancy – we talk about your requirements and budget and advise accordingly.
  • Professional firewall installation – our security engineers will set up and fully test the system to ensure all requirements are met and any extra features work as they should.
  • Ongoing management and support – by default, we proactively monitor for uptime, throughput, failover and other important metrics. We can also monitor and manage firmware updates and scan the firewall at certain periods for any vulnerabilities and report monthly back to you. Depending on what network support package you go for, we are available 24/7/365 for any support calls or change requests. All backed up with clear SLAs.

Secure your network today

The best way to understand how we can help you protect your network is by talking to one of our experts about our managed firewall services.

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