Firewall Management for Your Organization
Implementing a firewall is a crucial step in protecting your business from unwanted outsiders. Your organization most likely has multiple computers, servers, or other IoT devices connected to your network. This means that having an understanding of what is going in and out of your network is valuable information. A firewall can block certain applications for users within your organization as well as keep others out of your network.
However, not all firewalls are equal. Different firewalls can accomplish different tasks which is why it is important to configure one to suit your organizations needs.
Types of Firewalls
- Packet Filtering: Packet filtering firewalls are able to analyze individual packets sent across a network. It takes the packet’s source address and destination address to see who it’s coming from and where it’s going. It then makes a decision whether or not to deny it are allow it through.
- Proxy Service Firewall: Proxy firewalls filter your network at the application layer. This firewall service helps limit what applications are accessible to your users. This firewall prevents direct connections from certain application, websites, or contacts from outside the network.
- Stateful Inspection Firewall: This type of firewall involves dynamic packet filtering that blocks or allows incoming traffic based on a set of protocols, specific ports, or set states. This firewall monitors traffic on a network and makes informed decisions based on set rules.
These are just a few types of firewalls, but provide a brief glimpse at how they operate and work to secure your IT systems.
The Value of Firewalls
The most obvious way that firewalls are beneficial to your organization are its impact on your security. Knowing what traffic is allowed inside and out of your network goes a long way in protecting your organization from attacks both internal and external.
Your employees will no doubt have to access the internet or other outside resources throughout the workday. The moment a connection outside of your network is established you potentially open the door for cyber criminals. A firewall can help ease your mind about what traffic is impacting your local network and gives you more control over how your system runs.
While firewalls provide crucial security protocols and protections there are other benefits that firewalls come with. A well implemented firewall can also help you in making important businesses decisions. Having an informed view of what your employees are using network resources for can help you make decisions on what needs to be blocked, restricted, or allowed. While firewalls help secure your business they also help paint a tangible picture of what your network traffic looks like. Implementing a firewall forces you to take a proactive approach to your security.
Managed Firewall Services
Let’s say your organization knows the value of implementing a firewall. You want the control and security of your network that comes with a well maintained firewall, or you need one to comply with various government standards.
Do you know where to start? If not, that’s fine!
CorpInfoTech offers firewall management services that help your organization implement and maintain a well structured firewall. We know what protocols need to implemented, what rules need to be set, and can work with your business to address its unique needs. We can also monitor and log network traffic that you deem valuable so that you can make informed decisions about how your network is operated. Our service was designed to incorporate advanced connectivity technologies like SD-WAN and Extended Detection and Response (XDR). We use enterprise grade Next-generation Firewalls (NGFW) to keep your data secure and well managed.
Contact CorpInfoTech today if you believe firewall management is the next step in securing your business!
CorpInfoTech (Corporate Information Technologies) provides small to mid-market organizations with expert I.T. services including compliance assessment, cybersecurity penetration tests, and comprehensive business continuity planning services. CorpInfoTech can help organizations, quantify, create, refine, and mitigate the risks presented by business threatening disasters in whatever form they may be disguised.
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