Managed firewalls are tools that can protect your network and allow legitimate business communication. It can keep bad actors away and can also be used by employees to prevent them from visiting insecure or unrelated sites.
Although firewalls provide excellent protection and security, they need to be managed and monitored. Monitoring your firewall can be a tedious, expensive, time-consuming and costly task. Regular upgrades and security expertise are required. Many companies lack the resources, expertise, and capital required to maintain their firewalls 24 hours a day. A managed firewall can be an effective and affordable solution for these companies.
How Managed Firewalls works?
Managed firewalls offer enhanced threat management. Remote monitoring by security experts can detect potential threats to your firewall and help you mitigate them. They analyze your network traffic to determine what your normal business traffic looks like. Any unusual activity can be identified quickly and addressed.
Your provider will also perform routine traffic analysis, and send you regular reports. This will give you a clear understanding of network traffic patterns, and how your managed service team manages threats to your network.
The Economy of Scale Makes Expertise Affordable
IT services such as managed firewall have the advantage of leveraging economies of scale to provide companies with the cybersecurity they require at a cost they can afford. In the past, you could only create an in-house network security solution, which was expensive and required capital investment.
These are three ways that a managed firewall can improve your company’s operations.
Protect against cybercrime
Businesses and citizens are becoming more concerned about cybercrime. Cybercrime is a growing concern for both businesses and citizens, according to Cybersecurity Ventures‘ recent report. Cyberattacks are increasing faster than any other crime. It will cost the global economy $6 trillion per year by 2021.
Cybercriminals can cause serious damage to businesses and make it difficult for them to recover. A 2017 report by the Better Business Bureau found that half of all businesses would experience loss in profitability within one month if their critical information was stolen.
A managed firewall can help business owners avoid or minimize the risk of cyberattacks or breaches.
Conform to compliance requirements
The burden of compliance regulations is increasing as cyberattacks continue to increase in severity. The existing regulations, such as HIPAA and PCI DSS and Sarbanes Oxley, continue to evolve and include more stringent and technical compliance requirements. The complexity is further heightened by new regulations like GDPR.
A managed firewall service provider can help you meet these legal requirements and avoid the severe penalties for negligence.
Monitoring is simplified
Many SMBs can feel overwhelmed by the demands of 24/7 monitoring. If you have only one IT specialist, it may not be possible to monitor your network 24/7.
Business owners must keep their focus on their core business activities. They don’t have the time or resources to learn IT security. It may also be prohibitively expensive to hire enough staff to provide 24/7 monitoring. These problems can be solved by a managed firewall solution.
We Can Help
Adtek Advanced Technologies can help you to shift the responsibility of monitoring, compliance, and network security to our security team. FirstLight’s Managed Edge Security service offers next-generation firewall services, unified threat mitigation, and network security monitoring. Our security experts are dedicated to staying on top of new threats, best practices, and compliance regulations.
Our security specialists will monitor your network for suspicious patterns or anomalies. Routine tasks such as security updates and patches can be performed by us to free up internal resources for more important tasks.
As an OpEx, we can provide high-level security for your network. We also bill you monthly. We will provide you with a Service Level Agreement (SLA) that will clearly outline our responsibilities as well as what you can expect of us in the case of a cyberattack.