Why Businesses Need Managed Firewalls
Hardly a day goes by without some news about a data brach. Whether it’s the Credit Card breach at Goodwill Industries, or at P.F. Chang’s, we hardly pay attention. Want to know why? It is because cyber-crime is so rampant that it doesn’t even make the news anymore. This is a challenge our small business customers face everyday, just like the big boys, but without the sophisticated resources. Like it or not, your small business or organization is a target.
Imagine not being able to send or receive e-mail for days, possibly weeks. Most small business owners don’t think this could happen because they have a “reputable” anti-virus software installed. Sadly, they are operating on a false sense of security and hackers are praying that small business owners keep thinking that way.
One of the most common stunts hackers pull is breaking through a software firewall to hijack a server. Once they’re in, they use YOUR server to relay spam and other viruses to millions of users in a matter of seconds.
This is double bad for two reasons:
1. In no time flat, your company’s server and email gets “blacklisted” which means the big email delivery hubs (like Comcast, Google, Verizon, etc.) flag ALL e-mails coming from your server as “dangerous” and won’t let them through; and on the Internet, you’re guilty until proven innocent, which means it could take days or weeks to get your name cleared. During that time, you are completely without e-mail.
2. Your customers, contacts, vendors start getting male enhancement ads and invitations to XXX-rated web sites from your company. Not good.
The absolute best way to make sure this never happens is to invest a couple of dollars a month for a top-grade managed firewall. This tiny investment is worth twenty times the cost in peace of mind and saved time. Software firewalls that come with most servers or Internet providers are better than nothing, but they’re a weak lock that any hacker can easily pick.
Here’s Why A Managed Firewall Makes Business Sense
It is a Unified Threat Management (UTM) Firewall
A Unified Threat Management firewall comes with deep packet inspection that can block threats to your network before they can cause harm. UTMs can prevent most of the tricks the hackers will throw at your network, including scans, spoofing, SYN floods, DDoS attacks, fragmentation attacks, and more automatically.
A managed firewall will automatically check and update security rules, firmware, and configuration backups every day. Hardware performance and health is monitored round the clock with checks done as quickly as every 10 minutes.
Most managed firewaals are able to monitor and control web browsing for any and all lusers on the network. Policies can be set to allow or deny specific types of content and filter by topic, keyword, extension, and file type. It is even possible to schedule the block page and set policies to apply only at certain times.
A managed firewall can scan incoming emails with multiple anti-virus and anti-spam engines and check them against real-time DNS blacklists. Moreover, it is possible to allow users to manage individual spam folders.
Intrusion Detection & Prevention
Managed firewalls are great for intrusion prevention and detection. This involves the ability to examine the contents of every packet for malicious content before it enters the network. Potential threats can be blocked, and malicious hosts can be banned automatically using a dynamic blacklisting mode.
Quality of Service (QoS)
The QoS service provided by a managed firewall ensures that your VoIP phones and other critical systems are not robbed of network bandwidth by non-essential traffic. It can allocate or limit bandwidth for any source or destination, and allow systems to throttle and release spare bandwidth when necessary.
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We will come onsite and put your network through rigorous security checks – at no cost or obligation to you – to make sure you know how to prevent a hacker attack.
– Test your backups to make sure your data is safe.
– Ensure your patches, hotfixes, and other security maintenance are all up-to-date.
– Examine all software and hardware components for security vulnerabilities.