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Ultimate Guide to a Managed Firewall Service

By September 14, 2023No Comments
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Protecting your business from cyber threats is like fortifying a fortress with state-of-the-art defences. Quite often, firewalls are the first line of defence in safeguarding a business from malicious threats. Picture a firewall as the impenetrable gatekeeper standing guard at the entrance! While a firewall may possess an array of security measures, the real power lies in the hands of those entrusted with its management because, if your firewall strategy is mismanaged, it is no longer securely protecting your assets.

To harness the full potential of firewalls and shield your organisation from malicious intruders, their effectiveness hinges on the expertise and vigilance of their caretakers. Only then can a firewall effectively thwart threats that seek to compromise your business’s infrastructure.

In this blog, we’ll delve into some crucial facts about a Firewall Managed Service, shining light on how it can help you safeguard your business from malicious threats.

What Does a Managed Firewall Service Include?

A managed firewall service, provided by cyber security experts, typically handles the administration, operation, monitoring, reporting, incident management, backup, and maintenance of your firewall infrastructure.

I Already Have a Firewall, Why Might I Need Support to Manage It?

You may currently have your internal IT team managing your firewalls, along with many other demands placed on them by the business. However, firewall management can take up a significant amount of time. How confident are you that your firewalls are doing what you need them to? Is your firewall strategy fit for purpose? Are your firewalls configured correctly? Have they been updated with security patches? Are your operations being monitored effectively 24/7? Do you have enough internal resources to adequately manage firewalls? Does your organisation have the right skills needed to effectively manage your firewalls? By outsourcing management to a firewall expert, you can optimise the performance of your firewalls and gain peace of mind that they are doing the best job possible to protect your organisation.

Who Can I Outsource the Management of My Firewalls To?

Many organisations outsource the management of their firewalls to a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) like Infosec Partners. We offer a firewall service as part of our range of Managed Security Services. When we take over the management of your firewalls via our Managed Firewall Service, we leave you free to concentrate on your core business activities.

Can I Outsource the Management of Firewalls I Already Have in Place?

Yes, we can take over the support and management of any existing firewalls.

Can an MSSP Manage Any Firewall from Any Vendor?

Infosec Partners is fairly unique in that it can secure any firewall from any vendor. We can also advise and support the provision of new firewalls and licences. We have excellent relationships with leading firewall vendors such as Fortinet, providers of FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFW), the world’s most deployed network firewall.

Can an MSSP Manage Both Physical and Virtual Firewalls Across Multiple Locations?

Yes, many organisations require multiple firewalls to protect their devices and networks, either physical on-premise devices, cloud-based, or a hybrid mix of both. Each firewall will have its own set of rules, policies, configurations, and logs, thus multiplying the work required to ensure your firewall strategy is effective, which is why outsourcing to an external expert makes even more business sense.

Can I Add Further Firewalls to a Managed Firewall Service Contract at a Later Date?

As the scope and scale of your business change, so too does the firewall support that you need. We operate a flexible approach to our Managed Firewall Service, always considering your developing infrastructure and the ever-evolving external threat landscape.

How Much Does a Managed Firewall Service Cost?

It might be better to rephrase this question to “How much can a Managed Firewall Service save my organisation?” Poorly managed firewalls can result in gaps in the security of your network perimeter, giving opportunities for cyberattacks and data breaches. Considering IBM’s latest Cost of a Data Breach report discovered that, in 2023, the average cost of a data breach globally reached an all-time high of $4.45 million, can you afford not to outsource the management of the first line of your cyber defence to seasoned cybersecurity experts?

How Can I Find Out More?

The best way to understand how a Managed Firewall Service can benefit your organisation is to talk to one of our Managed Security Services experts. Give us a call on +44 (0)203 892 4812 or get in touch via our contact form.



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