A Guide To Enterprise Firewalls

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What Is An Enterprise Firewall?

In today’s digital age, it’s more important than ever to have a robust cybersecurity strategy in place. One of the key components of this strategy should be an enterprise firewall. But what exactly is an enterprise firewall and why does your business need one?

An enterprise firewall is a network security software that monitors and controls incoming and outgoing network traffic in your business. It acts as a barrier between a private internal network and the public internet, protecting your business from cyber threats such as hacking, malware, and phishing attempts.

An enterprise-grade firewall is a more advanced and sophisticated version of a standard firewall. It is designed to meet the needs of larger organisations and can handle a much higher volume of traffic. It also typically comes with more advanced features such as intrusion detection and prevention, VPN support, and application-level filtering. As a preferred partner of Sophos, 9spheres Technologies can supply you with an enterprise firewall. Contact us for more information.

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The Benefits Of An Enterprise Firewall

One of the main benefits of an enterprise firewall is its ability to protect your business from cyber threats. It can block unauthorized access to your network, prevent malware from spreading, and stop phishing attempts in their tracks. This keeps your sensitive data safe and prevents costly (and embarrassing) data breaches.

An enterprise firewall also provides a level of control over the flow of traffic in and out of your network. This can help to prevent employees from visiting malicious websites or using unsecured networks, which can put your business at risk.

Another important benefit of an enterprise firewall is its ability to support virtual private networks (VPNs). This can enable employees to access the company’s network securely from remote locations, which is essential for businesses that have a distributed workforce.

In addition to these security benefits, an enterprise firewall can also help to improve network performance. It can prioritise important traffic and block unnecessary traffic, which can help to reduce network congestion and improve overall network speed.

Another key advantage of an enterprise firewall is its ability to provide application-level filtering. This means that it can monitor and control access to specific applications and services, such as email and web browsing. This can help to prevent employees from accessing prohibited or unproductive websites, and can also help to prevent malware from spreading through the network.

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Do I Need A Managed Firewall?

Whether or not your business needs a managed firewall depends on several factors, including the size and complexity of your network, the level of security required, and the resources available to manage the firewall in-house.

A managed firewall is a firewall service that is managed and maintained by a third-party provider such as 9spheres Technologies. We monitor and manage the firewall on a 24/7 basis, ensuring that it is configured correctly and that all security updates are applied in a timely manner. We also provide technical support and can troubleshoot any issues that arise. This helps to prevent security breaches and minimizes your exposure to risk.

A managed firewall service can also be more cost-effective than an in-house firewall, particularly for small and medium-sized businesses, who may not have the resources to manage the firewall themselves. This would require a large IT team with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to maintain the firewall.

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What Are The 3 Types Of Firewalls?

  1. Network firewalls
  2. Host-based firewalls
  3. Application-based firewalls

It’s worth mentioning that there are other types of firewalls such as a cloud firewall and a wireless firewall. These are specialised types of firewalls that are used to protect cloud-based resources and wireless networks respectively.

How Many Firewalls Should A Company Have?

The number of firewalls a company should have depends on the size and complexity of the network, the level of security required, and the company’s security architecture. A small business with a simple network may only need one firewall, while larger companies with more complex networks may need multiple firewalls placed at different points in the network to provide sufficient levels of protection. It’s important to consult with a security expert like 9spheres Technologies to determine the right number and placement of firewalls for your organization.

Who Should Manage Firewalls?

Firewalls should be managed by a dedicated security professional or a team of security professionals with the knowledge and experience to configure, maintain, and monitor the firewall.

As a proud partner of Sophos in Brisbane, 9spheres Technologies can gladly help you understand and choose the right firewall solution for your business. Take a look at our managed IT security services to get a better idea of what we do, or give us a call on 07-3149-3447.

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