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How a Hosted Firewall Boosts Security while Reducing Costs

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.

Hosted firewall services provide a number of advantages:

Reduced costs. A hosted firewall eliminates the upfront cost of purchasing and installing firewall hardware and software, as well as the ongoing cost of maintaining and upgrading the system.

Security expertise. A service provider has a team of security experts who can quickly identify new threats and make sure your firewall is capable of stopping them. Your provider’s security team is also responsible for updating, maintaining and troubleshooting your firewall.

24×7 monitoring. Your data and network are protected and your firewall is monitored continuously, not just when your IT manager is in the office. Any potential issues are addressed immediately, not the next day.

Remote protection. A hosted firewall doesn’t just protect your network and data in the office. A hosted firewall guards against cyber attacks through laptops, tablets and smartphones used by remote workers.

In-house IT relief. Security is consistently a top concern for every organization and requires significant resources to maintain. A hosted firewall shifts this responsibility to an outside provider, allowing your in-house IT department to spend more time developing solutions and services that create competitive advantages.

ICG offers a hosted firewall as part of its comprehensive suite of cloud services. Contact us for a confidential consultation and assessment of ways to boost your organization’s security posture.

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