When you read a small business firewall datasheet or brochure, you may be confused by the terminology or lost in the wealth of performance metrics quoted. This problem is often made worse when different vendors use subtly different terms or use a different basis to assess performance! Read more
SD-WAN is a technology that enables the more effective use of your internet and WAN services. Features such as load-balancing, application steering and awareness – lead to savings, greater visibility and performance. In this article, we look at the critical elements of an SD-WAN solution, and they can benefit a small business or enterprise company. Read more
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
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).