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ConnectDS provide a fully-managed Next Generation Firewall service

Next Generation Firewall

ConnectDS offer fully managed firewall (NGFW) services to small and medium sized businesses across the UK from our Surrey and London office locations – An enterprise firewall provides a first line of protection with Unified Threat Management (UTM) layered protection against internal and external network based cyber security threats.

Enhanced visibility of network and device activity is monitored for ongoing threats using advanced threat prevention, granular application and web filtering. Remote management ensures further control and reconfiguration can be performed remotely.

Next Generation Firewall Managed Service

As a trusted Managed Security Service provider (MSSP) we offer a next generation firewall service includes:

  • Signature based threat detection and prevention using Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) functionality.
  • Office network access via user VPN (SSL-VPN)
  • Next Generation firewall providing application aware capabilities and ability to filter upon specific applications in addition to port numbers.
  • Website and application filtering for inappropriate or malicious communication between internal and external entities.
  • Wireless internet access to be provided for both corporate and guest users with required isolation.
  • Fully managed network service to include all ongoing technical support for the firewall, including unlimited technical support both remote and onsite.
  • Hardware required for the service will remain the property of Connect Digital Security, upon end of term hardware ownership can be transferred upon agreement between both parties.
  • Hardware support and replacement is provided by Connect Digital Security and included within the service fee.
  • Any major project work, including office relocation that requires significant reconfiguration or additional hardware may incur additional upfront and/or service cost to the client.
  • Proactive monitoring of health and performance, including software updates to be managed by Connect Digital Security.

What is a Firewall?

A firewall is a network security device that monitors incoming and outgoing traffic; it allows or blocks data packets based on its own security rules. A data packet is a unit of data made into a single package that travels along a defined network path. Internet Protocol (IP) transmissions use data packets for data that navigates the Web, and in other types of networks. The purpose of a firewall is to maintain a barrier between your internal network and incoming traffic from external sources like the internet. The firewall can block unwanted traffic like viruses and hackers.

Network security is a wide term that covers many technologies, devices and processes. It is a set of rules and configurations that protect the integrity, confidentiality and accessibility of computer networks and data using software and hardware technologies. Every company needs some network security solutions in place to keep them safe from the growing landscape of cyber threats taking place worldwide.

Today’s network architecture is complicated and businesses face a threat environment that changes constantly. Cyber criminals are always trying to find and exploit your system’s vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities can exist in a range of areas such as devices, data, applications, users and locations. There are various network security management tools and applications that we use to deal with individual threats and regulatory non-compliance. A few minutes of system downtime due to an attack can cause massive disruption to your company’s profits and reputation. Therefore, it is essential that you put these security measures in place.

A proxy firewall is an early type of firewall device that acts as the gateway from one network to another for a specific application. Proxy servers can provide extra functionality such as content caching and security by preventing direct connections from outside the network. However, the activity of the proxy firewall can affect throughput capabilities and the applications they can support.

A stateful inspection firewall is often called a traditional firewall. It allows or blocks traffic based on state, port, and protocol. This kind of firewall monitors all activity from the opening of a connection until it is closed. It makes filtering decisions on administrator-defined rules and context, which refers to using data from previous connections and packets belonging to the same connection.

Modern firewalls include next-generation (next-gen) capabilities. These capabilities overcome the problems of stateful inspection firewalls and provide you with visibility of network traffic and user activity. UTM (Unified Threat Management) firewalls have embedded security detection and prevention engines that give further examination with functions such as Intrusion Detection Systems and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IDS / IPS), Network AV (Anti-Virus), Application filtering, and Web filtering. We have the necessary skills to perform Man-in-the-Middle SSL traffic inspection (MitM).

At ConnectDS, our firewalls include:

  • Standard firewall capacity like stateful inspection
  • Co-ordinated intrusion prevention
  • Application awareness and control to find and block malicious apps
  • Upgrade pathways to include future information feeds
  • Techniques to address changing security threats

A threat focused NGFW (Next Generation Firewall) means you can:

  • Know which assets are most at risk with comprehensive environment awareness
  • Swiftly react to attacks with intelligent security automation that creates policies and improves your defences dynamically
  • Improve the discovery of evasive or suspicious activity with network and endpoint event correlation
  • Lessen the time from detection to cleanup with retrospective security that monitors for suspicious activity and behaviour after the first inspection
  • Ease administration and reduce intricacy with policies that protect across the whole attack continuum.

Firewalls are much more complex today than in the past. In an up to date business, firewalls deal with complex networking and remote access. Due to embedded next-gen and UTM (Unified Threat Management) features it is more essential than ever to make sure these devices are arranged in the most favourable way to protect your company from internal and external threats carried out by cyber criminals.

Frequently Asked Questions about Next Generation Firewall:

Please see below for some common questions on our NG Firewall service, if you would prefer to speak to someone then give us a call and speak to one of our team in our Surrey or London offices to understand your requirements and learn how our security experts support other businesses in the United Kingdom (UK).

The benefits of a managed firewall solution are simplified firewall management, 24/7/365 monitoring, reduced complexity, alleviating the requirement for internal expertise and greater protection.

Firewall appliances can either be deployed as hardware or software virtual machines – in most instances organisations deploy firewall solutions on hardware appliances that are optimised for the firewall software and have hardware support provided by the firewall vendor. Virtual firewalls are ideal for virtual and cloud environments.

ConnectDS provide 24/7/365 firewall support and security monitoring for our managed clients. We operate around the clock as we understand that your business operations don’t stop, and neither do advanced cyber threats.

Unified Threat Management (UTM) is a term used for a network firewall that also includes multiple threat detection and content filtering technologies into the single appliance. Consolidating single functions into a single appliance is an effective and cost effective strategy in most instances. ConnectDS monitor our clients UTM firewalls and all security modules to review and detect blocked traffic and threat detection.

ConnectDS support many Next Generation Firewalls Vendors for our clients including but not limited to Fortinet (Fortigate), Sophos XG, SonicWall, Cato Networks & Untangle.

ConnectDS can support your existing firewall investments, or provide next generation hardware as a service with our managed firewall solutions. We provide firewall management for UK businesses and support our global clients with secure connectivity for international branch offices.

Upon onboarding new clients, ConnectDS perform a full security review of our clients network security and work with client technical teams to validate effective security configuration for their individual requirements.

ConnectDS agreements include service level objectives. Our firewall management team is on call 24 hours a day and will support and response to security events or inbound client enquiries.

Absolutely, ConnectDS are your trusted cyber security partner; we can work with your business to provide the best options for your cyber security requirement and provide firewall resale or a complete solution with hardware as a service as part of our managed firewall solutions.

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