It seems like stories of high profile security breaches are being reported in the news every week. Major retailers, supermarket chains, medical facilities and other organizations have been victimized by cyber attacks. Modern threats are frighteningly sophisticated and originate from all corners of the globe. They identify vulnerabilities and strike quickly. To make matters worse, security breaches often go undetected for weeks or months, costing organizations millions and severely damaging their reputation.
Traditionally, organizations have relied upon in-house IT personnel to manage security and maintain regulatory compliance. However, the rapid growth of mobility and cloud-based services, along with new threats that emerge every day, have made it virtually impossible for already strained IT departments to deliver adequate security. Most organizations just don’t have the resources or budget to hire and retain security specialists and keep them up to date on the latest security threats.
A hosted firewall, also called a managed firewall, helps organizations protect their network and data without the cost and complexity of an in-house solution. Like a traditional firewall, a hosted firewall uses a combination of hardware and software to enforce security, but a hosted firewall is hosted and managed by a third-party service provider. This enables organizations to prevent data loss, guard against viruses and malware, set policies for file sharing, and control network access without bogging down in-house IT personnel.