Controlling and filtering incoming and outgoing network traffic is a must to protect your network. Every organisation has different needs, and your choice of firewall will depend on your IT resources and budgets.
Whether you go for a traditional or next-generation firewall, BMIT provides the expertise and resources that you may not have in-house or cannot afford. You can rely on BMIT for all your firewall needs.
A lot. We can take care of everything for you. If you opt for a cloud-based fully managed service, you benefit from a team of experts who are monitoring your network, thus able to detect and respond to any threats before they cause damage. Furthermore, you benefit from enhanced security features while having peace of mind that your business is also compliant with various industry regulations, if they apply.
Choosing between a traditional and next-generation firewall will depend on your organisation’s needs, budgets, and compliance requirements, for example. BMIT can offer the most basic to very advanced features sets.
‘Traditional’ firewalls are a good option if all that is required is packet filtering, stateful or stateless inspection (depends on firewall), NAT and VPN support. In more sophisticated firewalls, you can have intrusion detection / intrusion protect (IDS/IPS).
Next-generation firewalls (NGFW) combine traditional firewall capabilities with advanced security. These firewalls work by inspecting network traffic at multiple layers, and use advanced techniques to identify and block malicious traffic.
In both cases, you are policing your network traffic for possible threats. If you have an application that you want to protect, you need a web application firewall (WAF). WAF protects your network at the application layer (layer 7) while a firewall works at layers 3 and 4.
This feature allows you to apply different security policies based on the application's risk profile. For example, you can allow access to business-critical applications while blocking or restricting access to non-business-critical applications or applications that pose a high risk of cyber threats.
Next generation firewalls can provide real-time detection and prevention of network attacks and exploits, including known and unknown threats. An IPS uses signature-based and behaviour-based techniques to identify and block malicious traffic before it can reach its intended target. This feature can help protect against zero-day exploits and other advanced attacks that may evade traditional firewall defences. IDP is typically integrated into next-gen firewalls.
The firewall can leverage threat intelligence feeds, behavioural analysis, and machine learning algorithms to identify and block advanced persistent threats and zero-day attacks. This feature allows the firewall to detect and respond to emerging threats in real-time, providing an additional layer of protection beyond signature-based detection.
The firewall can decrypt and inspect encrypted traffic to identify and block threats that may be hidden within the encrypted traffic. This feature is particularly important as more web traffic is encrypted using SSL/TLS. Use this feature to ensure that encrypted traffic is not being used to bypass traditional security measures.
The firewall can identify and control network traffic based on user and identity information, in addition to traditional IP address-based rules. This feature enables more granular security policies based on user roles, locations, devices, and other identity attributes.
BMIT’s cybersecurity assessment can help identify weaknesses in you enterprise IT and advise what services are required to maintain a healthy security posture
BMIT can provide a one-stop shop for your business. Whatever your hosting or security needs, BMIT has a tailor-made solution.
We can advise and procure hardware and software to address your company’s security needs.
Costs and budgets are important considerations. We will tailor our solution to reflect the company’s budget in the most cost-effective manner.
With over 20 years’ experience, our team of experts will provide unparalleled security advice to help you secure you network.
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