Firewalls are a network security device that work to monitor incoming and outgoing network traffic and permits or blocks data packets based on a set of security rules.
A firewall is an essential part of your business’s security system, without one you are leaving your network open to threats. Firewalls keep destructive and disruptive forces out based on security parameters that you have control over and are able to refine.
Maintaining a high functioning IT environment requires constant attention. At Businets our team works diligently to protect your business’s digital security. From firewalls at the perimeter to anti-virus at the end points (computers) we can setup access control policies and manage those policies as well as other services and protocols.
With a firewall in place, you can have peace of mind, knowing that your data and your customers’ data is secure from potential threats. Our engineers can configure AES firewalls that provide protection against outside attackers by shielding your computers, servers, and IP devices from malicious and/or unnecessary network traffic.
After meeting with you and assessing your needs, we select the best device and configure the firewall that will be perfect for your business needs.
At Businets we trust Fortinet and Fortigate Firewalls because they are the leader in the industry, providing top-rated network and content security, as well as secure access products that share intelligence and work together to form a cooperative fabric.
FortiGate next-generation firewalls utilize purpose-built security processors and threat intelligence security services from FortiGuard labs to deliver top-rated protection and high performance including encrypted traffic. FortiGate reduces complexity with automated visibility into applications, users and network and provides security ratings to adopt security best practices.
As security architects consider how to provide comprehensive threat protection for their enterprises, including intrusion prevention, web filtering, anti-malware and application control, they face a major complexity hurdle managing these point products with no integration and lack of visibility. Gartner estimates that by 2019 80% of enterprise traffic will be encrypted and 50% of attacks targeting enterprise will be hidden in encrypted traffic.
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What is a Firewall?
Firewalls are hardware and sometimes software systems that work to protect your users from malicious traffic on the Internet. Malicious content refers to code that is inserted into scripting languages. This code is then used to embed worms and other viruses into your site which results in collecting your personal information and has the ability to cause other computer issues as well.
When data is sent over the Internet, it comes packaged with information about where it is coming from and where it is supposed to go, as well as an indication as to what application the data is for. Firewalls actively analyze the data and then throw it out if it looks malicious or it will forward it to your local area network if it looks benign.
Why you should have a Firewall?
Firewalls generally do not allow connections inside your local area network that are initiated from outside the network unless you give specific permission. Therefore, they are crucial to safe web browsing. Without firewalls, any applications you have running on your computer that accepts network connections could be connected to anyone on the Internet. If an attacker can connect to any one of your applications, they could potentially compromise your computer if there exists a security vulnerability in the application. Firewalls are an essential line of defense for your computer on the Internet.
Most operating systems feature a built-in firewall, however, using a third-party firewall application grants you better control options and more reliable results when it comes to keeping you protected. Firewalls also work to prevent unauthorized remote access. The last thing you want is for someone to take over your computer, having a firewall in place will prevent hackers from being able to take over your computer and access your important information.
At Businets, our firewall services monitors traffic in both directions, meaning that both your incoming data and outgoing data are safe and secure.
Next Generation Firewall (NGFW)
We sell Fortinet’s Next Generation Firewall (NGFW). NGFW firewalls contain all the tested features of the firewalls before them and also contain advanced functionalities. Some of these functionalities include features like application awareness, intrusion prevention and detection, content filtering, and gateway antivirus. NGFW’s permit system administrators, also known as business owners, work to prevent individual applications from traversing the network.
A common technique to circumvent content filtering is to use a VPN proxy service. This conceals all the data from the firewall. A NGFW firewall with application awareness enabled can block these services. If for example, you want to prevent your users from consuming all your company’s bandwidth you can filter out various streaming applications, however if you can’t prevent them from using a VPN to get around your firewall, it won’t do much good. A NGFW can do that for you.
Intrusion prevention capable firewalls can detect intrusions and automatically apply a set of rules to the network traffic when one is detected. This is important as exploits can be carried about very quickly and the capability to respond immediately is something standard firewalls just can’t do. For example, if a malicious packet is detected the firewall can block all additional traffic from the source network automatically. The intruder will now have to find a different attack vector to continue his or her attack.
Gateway antivirus makes your firewall aware of known viruses, much like your antivirus on your workstation. This is yet another layer of protection to help protect your website and the important information that holds. Nothing wrong with a belt AND suspenders is there? However, no single antivirus product is full proof, thus the reason for the layered approach we highly recommend to every customer.
Active Directory Integration (ADI)
Most NGFW’s can integrate with your Microsoft Windows Active Directory Domain. If your firewall is aware of all of your workstations and users, it can provide additional information like your employee’s web surfing habits and can allow your Windows network to control your VPN access.Having access to this information will help you better understand your employees better as well as track their productivity in the workplace.
Businets and You
We understand that the world of firewalls and all that they encompass can be a little confusing. From the jargon involved to the technical aspects that go into creating your firewall, it can be a little overwhelming deciding what is best to ensure your website and information are protected. However, our team at Businets is here to help make the world of IT just a little bit easier for you by taking care of your business’s safety.
We take your website’s safety seriously, and when it comes to having a defense against possible intruders and malicious content, a firewall is the perfect and best form of protection. Our team will work with you to determine which software is best for you, your business, and the information that you are trying to protect.