Managed Firewall Security

Have you considered the effects a sophisticated cyber-attack could have on your business? Experian’s third annual data breach preparedness study reveals a worrying lack of understanding among SMEs regarding the true cost of a data breach. UK Government figures indicate that a data breach costs SMEs an average of £310,000; yet the SMEs surveyed estimated the cost to be £179,990 – a shortfall of over £130,000.  In the US, the average cost for a Small Business averages $US36,000.00 and can reach well over $US50,000.00. One vital element to protecting against this is by installing a managed firewall at the edge of your network.

The primary role of a firewall is to protect against hackers and malicious malware accessing your network and causing costly damage or interruptions. In order to do this, network security devices must be correctly configured, deployed and regularly upgraded to be aware of the latest threats.

We offer a range of device models to suit any sized organization ranging from the small branch office, all the way up to medium and larger sized enterprises. Our technical experts carry industry certifications and bring years of experience in enterprise-class networks and security, meaning your network integrity is in safe hands with Computers & Controls.

Using cutting-edge Cisco Meraki cloud managed security devices, Computers & Controls can deliver you a network security solution which does much more. Meraki MX devices are unified threat management (UTM) devices, meaning they offer a whole range of security features beyond the usual firewall services.

Firewall management is resource-intensive and requires a high level of expertise to prevent unauthorized access and costly breaches. Devices must be provisioned, deployed, upgraded and patched to keep up with the latest threats. Many organizations continue to be challenged by managing these solutions in-house, due to the heavy technical burden of day-to-day management or lack of available, skilled security expertise.

Firewall management remains an organization’s primary network defense. It commands more time from network security managers than virtually any other activity and requires extensive experience to manage effectively

It’s no longer enough to leave your security to auto-pilot. Security policies and configurations on your firewall devices must be updated to ensure appropriate access controls are consistent with changing business environments. Network firewall traffic must be monitored continuously to identify and respond to threats before damage is done.

Benefits

Protect systems and data: 24×7 monitoring to alert you to threats before damage is done.

Remove the management and monitoring burden: free up resources and reduce overhead by leveraging our experts

Support compliance initiatives: meet requirements for perimeter security, access control and log analysis.

Do you want to simplify your firewall management and increase your control and monitoring capabilities without adding capital expense or IT cost? Cisco Meraki Firewall was built specifically for modern, multi-use networks, providing extensive visibility and control over users, content, and applications. We can help you implement this technology to take advantage of the powerful tools it offers.

Control Applications, Users, and Devices

Layer 7 visibility is included in Cisco Meraki switches at no additional cost to automatically identify and report hundreds of applications, from business apps to BitTorrent and YouTube as well as apply firewall rules specific to each device. Network flow is categorized, and access control policies are enforced. Cisco Meraki’s next generation firewall controls evasive, encrypted, and peer-to-peer applications, like BitTorrent or Skype that cannot be controlled by traditional firewalls. The Cisco Meraki content filtering engine features native Active Directory integration to apply access controls specific to each class of users.

Protect your network

It’s no longer enough to simply block protocols, hosts, and ports – a firewall must also be user, content, and application aware. Featuring an integrated intrusion detection (IDS) engine based on Sourcefire’s Snort, Cisco Meraki’s security appliances protect your network against malicious entities and threats using a combination of signature, protocol and anomaly-based inspection methods. They can easily segregate voice, video, and data traffic, and deploy global firewall rules across VPN networks with a single click.

Manage your firewall

The Meraki cloud delivers seamless firmware and security signature updates and provides automatic network monitoring and alerts. Since the MX is managed entirely through the Cisco Meraki web-based dashboard, configuration, diagnostics and firmware updates can be performed remotely eliminating costly field visits. The Cisco Meraki MX is a complete networking and security solution designed to make distributed networks fast, secure, and easy to manage. Designed with intuitive controls, the MX requires no training or specialized staff. The MX will even self-provision, allowing for remote branch deployments without on-site IT.