What is a managed firewall?
Qualified Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) typically provide a "Managed Firewall Service" as a solution for operating, managing, monitoring, and maintaining the firewall infrastructure. MSSP will help establish, maintain and modify firewall rules, monitor the network, and provide feedback, reporting and analysis.
Depending on the scope of the SLA, the MSSP can perform firewall installation, application control and web content filtering as they help determine which applications and web content (URLs) to block. They will also help manage patches and updates.
Do you need a managed firewall?
Firewalls are essential to protect network traffic, including the flow of confidential data. They are required to comply with mandates such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, and GDPR. Companies that do not have the staff resources available to manage firewalls or other security devices can close data security breaches and better prevent data breaches by using a managed firewall service. Most of the companies our auditors work with employ internal IT staff to manage their firewalls, but many also choose to use a reliable managed firewall service so they can better focus on their core business goals.
Complete firewall management requires a high degree of expertise and constant vigilance. Firewalls are not point and click or set and forget technology. Purchasing and initial configuration of a firewall suitable for any environment is just the beginning.
Whether it's just compliance or data security, a managed firewall service can add significant protection to a network.
Advantages of a managed firewall
A managed firewall service provides businesses with real-time assurance that firewalls are in good health, blocking threats and protecting the environment from network security threats.
If IT isn't your primary business, it can be difficult to find the time to regularly update and maintain firewalls, especially if you don't have the firewall resources.
Managed firewalls can block threats on the fly and alert someone with the right skills and availability to respond immediately. Well-managed firewalls can sometimes block new zero-day vulnerabilities at the perimeter before patches are available for emerging threats.
As organizations become more distributed, managed technology becomes critical to overall business success. Bill Conner, President and CEO of SonicWall, discusses the need for such services: “As companies are constantly changing the way they do business with remote offices and employees, it is more important than ever to ensure peak application performance, traffic and data flows. work. . These additions will allow IT departments to focus on other issues, reduce budget constraints, and ultimately address the lack of critical cybersecurity skills. "