Next-Generation Firewalls: The First Line of Cybersecurity

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Invented in the 1980s, firewalls have been protecting networks for decades.

At its simplest, a firewall is a security feature, keeping a close eye on a network’s incoming and outgoing activity. It decides if that activity should be allowed or blocked, building a detailed log of all the decisions it makes.

The end goal of a firewall is simple: to prevent malicious attacks.

Firewalls have changed drastically since their creation, keeping in step with cybersecurity trends. As threats become more sophisticated, so do firewalls.

Modern businesses like yours protect themselves with next-generation firewalls, or NGFWs. And the best NGFWs take their job very seriously, providing many features and benefits.

Streamlined integration with existing devices Reduces the need for new products; saves system downtime and cost for new product installation, configuration, and training
In-depth customization Product can be configured specifically for your work environment
Support for remote users and cloud-based services Staff can work securely wherever and however they like
Automatic updating Less work for IT staff; reduces system downtime for updates while keeping the product up to date (and more secure)
Real-time alerts Allows IT staff to get ahead of problems, including potential security breaches
Detailed logging of activity Easier management and analysis of trends; allows the setting of new security rules and the removal of old, outdated rules

Getting Started

Now you understand how important NGFWs are to the security of your business. So how do you get started?

WYRE recommends Fortinet, a unique NGFW solution for both cloud and hybrid environments. This means that no matter the size, state, or type of your current network, Fortinet likely has a product that fits.

And if Fortinet detects a security issue, the alert is sent directly to WYRE, where our 24/7/365 emergency support team will immediately respond to the issue. This means less downtime for your business.

Did we mention the potentially enormous savings in cost? Uptime Institute’s 2021 “Annual Outage Analysis” found that 70% of reported computer server outages lasted between four to twelve hours (source). And Gartner estimated the cost of network downtime to be $5,600 per minute (source).

Can your business afford that?

WYRE understands. Your day is already full. You don’t have time to add the complexity of cybersecurity to your list.

Let us help you on the path to peace of mind.

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