network firewall rOCK hILL scEvery day we read about another company that was compromised because of a data breach. Adtek Advanced Technologies can protect your company’s network with firewall installation and management. 

A firewall can be used to provide protection an in depth defense and visibility protection by blocking malicious traffic and allowing it to be stopped before it enters the network perimeter. 

Why a modern, intelligent firewall is the best line of defense against cyberattacks 

Blocking Inbound Threats

 Although firewalls can be placed at many points in the corporate network, it is most commonly located at the network perimeter. A firewall placed at the network perimeter creates and enforces a boundary between the internal network protected and the public Internet. 

The network firewall can also take advantage of the fact all traffic entering or leaving the corporate network flows through one point of connection to the public Internet. This location allows for complete visibility of data flows across the network boundary. 

Proactive protection against cyber threats is possible with a perimeter-based firewall. Next-generation firewalls with threat prevention capabilities can detect and block attempted attacks before they reach the corporate network. This significantly reduces the potential damage these attacks could cause to an organization as well as the cyber risk for employees and managers. 

Protecting Defense in Depth

Firewalls installed by Adtek can provide an in depth defense for threats that cross the network boundary. Your organization can use network firewalls to segregate the network to gain greater visibility into its internal traffic and make it harder for malicious insiders or attackers to move laterally within the organization’s network. 

A next-generation firewall installed within a corporate network is not only capable of protecting against core threats but also benefits from identity-based inspection and application control. Application control allows a firewall to identify which application is causing a flow of network traffic. This allows the firewall enforce application-specific security policies, which reduce risk associated with unsecure applications, and enable organizations to block unauthorized apps from their network.

An identity-based inspection adds context to an analysis of network flows. A firewall installed by a local IT Services company can identify the user who is performing a specific action and enforce access controls based on employee job roles or permissions. It is crucial to have visibility over the actions of these accounts as 74% of data breaches are caused by privileged accounts being misused.

Meeting Unique Security Needs 

cloud firewallNext-generation firewalls installed by our IT Services team can also be used to secure an organization’s entire network infrastructure. Corporate networks evolve and include a variety of endpoints. These can include traditional workstations and servers as well as mobile devices and cloud-based infrastructure and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. It can be very difficult to secure a heterogeneous network that is growing quickly. 

Because it protects all devices within an organization, a firewall works at the network level rather than the endpoint. An Adtek managed firewall is a next-generation firewall that integrates all security data within one console. This is crucial because many companies are having difficulty finding enough cybersecurity talent to staff their security departments. 

A next-generation firewall can also be deployed as a virtual appliance in the cloud. This allows organizations to deploy security wherever they are needed, and take advantage of cloud-based infrastructure’s scalability. Cloud firewalls are able to grow with the organization’s security needs, unlike hardware-based security appliances that require additional hardware to scale. 

Provide Individualized Security 

Different sizes of companies have different security needs. While traditional firewalls were “one-size fits all” in the past. Modern firewalls can be tailored to fit an organization’s security requirements. We match the needs of your business to your level of security during our consultation with your staff. 

Organizations that operate critical infrastructure and industrial facilities face different threats. They also have different operating environments. Choosing an commercial firewall capable of operating in extreme environments will ensure that cybersecurity is not compromised. 

A Strong First Line of Defense

It can be hard to choose a firewall because there are so many options and not all firewalls are the same. Firewalls can be small gateways or large-scale network security solutions. There are many differences between traditional firewalls as well as next-generation firewalls. Understanding these differences and their importance is an important step in the procurement process. 

To learn more about how firewalls can help your company defend against cyber threats, you are welcome to request a demo and to contact us.