A firewall’s primary objective is to prevent rogue or unauthorised access by hackers and costly business interruptions. Firewall management is resource-intensive and requires a high level of expertise to prevent unauthorised access and costly breaches. Devices must be provisioned, deployed, upgraded and patched to keep up with the latest threats. Security policies and configurations must be updated to ensure appropriate access controls are consistent with changing business environments. Network traffic must be monitored continuously to identify and respond to threats before damage is done.
Instead of the traditional approach where the network is protected by a single control point, organizations need a more agile and flexible approach toward delivering security controls across increasingly heterogenous networks.
Cisco’s NGFW portfolio provides that flexible approach, allowing organizations to deliver consistent visibility and control to their data centers, branch offices, cloud environments, and everything in between.
Feeding this portfolio is Cisco Talos, an industry-leading threat intelligence research organization. Talos defends Cisco customers by finding new malware domains, malicious URLs as well as unknown or undisclosed vulnerabilities and writing rules to help mitigate them.
By investing in a Cisco NGFW appliance today, you’re setting the foundation for the strongest security posture available today and tomorrow. You will benefit from significant performance improvements in NGFW throughput, more connections per second, and better performance for encrypted traffic. Further, integration with other Cisco solutions provides you with a broad and deep portfolio of security products, all working together to correlate previously disconnected events, eliminate noise, and stop threats faster.
Maximise update and availability
With a Managed Firewall Service, you reduce the risk of network and service interruptions due to poorly maintained or improperly configured firewall appliances. Vectra’s certified firewall engineers keep managed firewall devices patched with the latest vendor releases. To ensure auditable and accurate deployment of firewall changes, our experts use mature operational support systems and procedures that include health checks, staging, peer reviews and change validation. Additionally, daily backups are performed to ensure fast recovery in the event of firewall hardware or software failure.
Remove the management and monitoring burden
Using the Managed Firewall Service simplifies and streamlines the management and monitoring of your firewall appliances. Vectra’s certified engineers perform all tasks needed to make the most of your firewall infrastructure, alleviating the burden of administering, maintaining and monitoring your appliances. This reduces your operational overhead, allowing you to spend your time and resources on other key initiatives.
Managed Firewall Services
- Device provisioning and deployment
- Device upgrades and configuration, including policy and patch management
- Security event and appliance health monitoring
- Managed appliance backup and restore
- Portal-based service reporting