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Managed Next-Generation Firewall

Preventing digital threats for companies since 2002
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Managed next-generation firewall services to prevent digital threats

Most people who work within a business become familiar with a "firewall" because they learn their computer is protected by a firewall that blocks intrusions. However, a traditional firewall does more than protect a computer, and firewalls are typically used as a standard security tool for most companies. But is a traditional firewall enough? The answer is no. The threat landscape of today is ever-changing and growing. Next-generation firewalls (NGFW) are the only firewalls that provide the protection every business needs.

What is a Next-Generation Firewall?

A next-generation firewall (NGFW) is an intelligent firewall that provides deep packet inspection, mitigation of zero-day attacks, sandboxing, blocking features on the application layer, and other sophisticated services that traditional firewalls do not offer.

That definition alone also answers why an NGFW should be managed by IT professionals like those at iTecs. Anything related to security for a company is layered, and a focused knowledge set is required. We configure, install, license, patch, backup, and monitor any of your security assets that can be purchased or leased.

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Features of iTecs Managed NGFW Services

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Email Protection

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Proven Spam Blocker

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5 Star Security Solution

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Dedicated Team

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Endpoint Response & Detection

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Enterprise Anti-Virus Protection

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Industry Leading Support Team

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Whitelisting, Blacklisting & Greylisting

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Application Layer Protection

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Protection from Zero Day Attacks

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Data Loss Detection & Prevention

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Advanced Phishing Protection

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Enterprise IDS & IPS

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SSL Inspection

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Security Against Infected

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Advanced Threat

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Logs and Usage Metrics

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Customizable Policies

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VPN

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Sandboxing

What Are the Main Differences Between a Next-Generation Firewall and a Traditional Firewall?

Both traditional types of firewalls and NGFW firewalls validate connections between a network, the internet, and firewall and that they are secure. Traffic is allowed or blocked based on administrator-defined rules using a mix of static and dynamic packet filtering and virtual private network support. In addition, both should be able to read and translate network and port addresses to map IP addresses. However, as the name "next-generation" implies, an NGFW is more advanced.

NGFW Application-Level Inspection

Computer software packages or "applications" are widely used within and without a company by end-users or other applications for businesses to perform specific functions. An application can be self-contained or a group of programs. This is why the application-level inspection capability of an NGFW is crucial in today's world. Like there are good emails and bad emails, there are good applications and bad applications. Using signature matching and analytics, a team managing an NGFW can filter packets based on applications and have better control and visibility. Using an allow list or internet protocols that are signature-based, safe applications can be distinguished from threatening or unwanted applications. Once identified, secure site license (SSL) decryption can be used, and a safe path for future application updates can be used.

NGFW Intrusion Inspection

NGFWs can block malware or malicious software 'intrusions' from entering a network. This is immensely beneficial when threats—or even what is known as Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)—to networks and even personal devices are growing and changing every day. But unfortunately, a traditional firewall cannot block malware. Further, considering the work of antiviruses, firewalls, and other security applications can be rolled into one solution, a managed NGFW is a low-cost, basic security investment.

NGFW Threat Intelligence

Is it possible to prepare for an attack if you do not know it is coming or what it is? It is exceedingly complex, and those who create attacks to steal information or paralyze a company from operating realize it. However, it is possible to conduct trend analysis on data collected and processed to understand potential threats. Threat intelligence gathered by a managed team and the NGFW tools enable a business to make faster, data-driven security decisions. Any business should want evidence-based information, and a managed NGFW looks at motives, targets, and attack behaviors to give context, indicators, implications, and action-oriented "intelligent" advice towards threats to a business.

What Are the Benefits of Using iTecs Managed Next-Generation Firewall Services?

Leading NGFW companies include Cisco, Check Point, Juniper, FortiGate, Sophos, and SonicWall. We partner with these companies and more to provide your enterprise with the right level of security at the right price point. We also collaborate closely with a representative of your company, such as an Audit Officer, to ensure compliance standards are met.

At iTecs, we manage your next-generation firewall with a complete turnkey solution. In addition to handling access control to your IT ecosystem, subverting modern threats such as application and application program threats, blocking malicious malware attacks, and compiling intelligence, our NGFW services include:

  • Firewall stateful inspection
  • Integrated intrusion/breach prevention
  • Awareness and control over risky applications
  • Sourced threat intelligence
  • Safe information feeds and upgrades paths
  • Knowledge and techniques toward evolving security threats

Fastest Time to Detection

Many network threats go for days, months, or even years before being detected. With managed NGFW, threats can be detected in seconds, successful breaches detected within hours or minutes, and prioritization and action managed swiftly.

Managed NGFW in Dallas for Your Business

If you want your business technology and its policies maintainable, easier, safer, and more consistent across all facets of your organization, contact iTecs to discuss what a managed NGFW could do for you.