Traditional firewalls that had UTM-type functionality (e.g. Web filtering, Intrusion Prevention, Antivirus) that often suffered from a poor performance such as low throughput, latency and inconsistent accuracy. As firewall technology evolved, as did their performance and scanning capabilities. The Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) term was coined to define a firewall that met the following criteria: Read more
The Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS) has commenced a project that will see the creation of new data standards that will revolutionise parking. The combination of Smart Parking, IoT and these new data standards will change the way we park; available parking spaces, pricing and permitted times will be communicated in real-time.
A slow PC can seriously impact productivity in a business – which means it becomes a cost to your business. A slow or poorly performing PC is a cost to your business in terms of lost productivity.
The Isle of Man is home to six datacentres, each with resilient cooling, power and security systems. Typical services include colocation, cloud, IP transit and managed hosting. The Island also many fibre networks connecting the Isle of Man to the UK and Ireland for onward connectivity. Read more
If you store or process customer data, chances are you are fully aware of your obligations under GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Whilst many see Cloud applications such as Office 365 as being a risk factor, the opposite is true. The use of Cloud services can ease compliance and reduce the burden and cost to your business. The use of Office 365 will not only deliver tangible business benefits in terms of operations, but it also features a suite of compliance tools that can ease regulatory compliance. Read more
We regularly deploy IPS (Intrusion Prevention System) solutions for our clients at their network edge as part of their managed firewall solution. An IPS should be used by any organisations that do business online or operate within the financial services, legal, accounting, banking or healthcare sectors.
We regularly work with clients who wish to enhance or replace their current firewall solution and perimeter network security, but they are faced with a firewall migration project.
When we embark on a project like this, we rarely approach the problem from a technical or network standpoint. To implement a solution that protects a customer network and information assets, we first need to understand the business.
The majority of small businesses will already have a router, but a firewall is specifically designed to protect your network. With more complex threats, the functionality and features of firewalls and routers have evolved to include services such as intrusion prevention (IPS), antivirus, web filtering and anti-spam; often – all in one box.
With so many vendors, models and features, costs range from a few hundred pounds to several thousand – what represents good value? What does your business need? How much does a small business firewall cost? Read more
In previous articles, we have explained the benefits of internal network firewalls, also known as internal segmentation firewalls. The primary purpose is to secure internal network traffic, particularly between sites, functional areas or departments. Another common use is to provide an additional level of protection for sensitive areas of your network (i.e. databases, R&D) or high-risk areas (i.e. development environments, staging areas).