What Is Managed Firewall and How Does it Work?

By | 2018-05-29T05:44:29+00:00 December 6th, 2016|Business Continuity, Security|Comments Off on What Is Managed Firewall and How Does it Work?

Let’s start with the basics: do you know the difference between a firewall and managed firewall? You probably have some idea of what a firewall is and what it does. A firewall is part of your computer system or network that is designed to block unauthorized access while permitting outward communication. It keeps the bad guys out, which is good. It also can be used to keep your employees off of sites that could potentially pose security risks or efficiency risks to your business.

If you’re looking to get the most utility out of a firewall, though, you will also use it as a monitoring tool. It provides useful data like what kinds of people and what kinds of threats are targeting your business. Of course, monitoring your network is resource-intensive, time-consuming, costly, and requires expertise. That’s where a managed firewall service, provided by security experts, comes into play.

So, what is managed firewall?

Managed firewall is a service provided by qualified managed security services providers (MSSPs) to address security threats and to monitor your network traffic to understand what it typically looks like, so that atypical use can be easily identified and corrected. The security professionals who monitor your network provide analysis and reporting as part of the managed firewall package.

Typically, managed firewall service includes:

  • Application Control – Block or rate-limit applications or specific features to maximize employee productivity on any device.
  • Web Content Filtering – Block access to malicious or objectionable websites by leveraging a threat database that categorizes websites based on content.

There are a lot of vendors who offer managed firewall services, and it can be difficult to know which service is your right for your business, particularly if you are not familiar with the security product landscape.

That’s where Network Consulting Group can help. Our team of experts can help you determine which security tools work best for you based on a personalized and comprehensive assessment of your needs. Best of all, we can help you with provisioning, installation, and maintenance of your managed firewall service and we serve as an interlocutor between your company and the vendor.

If you are interested in getting more information about managed firewall or other security services, please let us know!

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