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Network security systems to protect against cyber attacks 

Why a Layered Approach to Security is the New Normal.

The perpetually increasing complexity and variety of modern cyberattacks continue to drive the need for more robust and complex security postures. Simply having a traditional firewall in place is no longer enough to protect your data; left with only a firewall as protection, your network left extremely vulnerable to infiltration.

A layered approach to security is what your organization needs to deal with challenges of the new world.

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The Solutions You Need To Make Your Network Secure

DDoS Mitigation
DDoS Mitigation

Short for distributed denial of service, DDoS attacks are when a massive influx of web traffic from a multitude of IP addresses floods a machine or network resource. As a result, all systems shut down, preventing legitimate requests from being fulfilled.

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With so many cyber security threats, it makes sense to invest in a managed firewall solution.  

Traditional firewalls include: 
  • Packet Filtering 
  • Network Address Translation 
  • URL Blocking 
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPN) 

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Endpoint Security
EndPoint Security

Endpoint security management is a policy-based approach to network security that requires endpoint devices such as laptops, printers and mobile devices, to comply with specific criteria before they are granted access to network resources. Any device with a remote connection to a network creates a potential entry point for security threats.  

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Vulnerability Scanning
Vulnerability Scanning

Vulnerability scanning detects and classifies system weaknesses in computers, networks and communications equipment and predicts the effectiveness of countermeasures. Vulnerability scanning lets you take a proactive approach to close any gaps and maintain strong security for your systems, data, employees, and customers. Vulnerability Scans are typically an ongoing service. 

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Penetration Testing
Penetration Testing

A penetration test—typically referred to as pen test or "ethical hacking"—evaluates IT infrastructure security by safely identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities found in appliances, operating systems, services and applications, in an effort to identify vulnerabilities that a potential attacker could exploit. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

When is it a good time to consider a cloud-based firewall to replace my on-prem?

Any time your company needs/wants to review Security, we should be looking at all the options. Depending on the network architecture and employee needs, a cloud-based firewall can be a great option to centralize security and provide NGFW services.

Additionally, we can design a network in a hybrid solution where larger sites leverage on-premise security solutions, and remote locations can connect through to a cloud-based firewall for Internet egress. 

What is a zone-based firewall?

A zone-based firewall is a solution that relies on port type access and Access Control Lists. These are being replaced by next-generation firewalls. 

What is a next-gen firewall (NGFW)?

A next-generation firewall is a firewall that looks through to the application layer of the OSI-model with deep packet inspection.

It can typically include advanced features like URL/content filtering, anti-malware protection, and intrusion prevention. 

When it is time for a hardware refresh?

Depending on the company cloud posture and other applications in the environment, it is never a bad time to look at options to better secure your network.

What is an optimum way to secure remote sites?

You have multiple options, depending on your company needs — on-premise security or cloud-based security.

Additional security solutions are also available for endpoint and mobile device management, offering visibility and protection for the users and/or network.

How do I secure my cloud environment?

Several components can make up a secure cloud environment, but you should start with a virtualized firewall in the cloud infrastructure. This can protect the infrastructure similar to how you would secure a physical location (locks, cameras, etc.).

Additionally, you need to look at how you connect to the cloud; secure connections (cloud connect, direct connect or express routes) can be added if you do not currently have them in place. 

When it comes to remote users, you should include identity access management (IAM) to ensure that the remote users connecting are whom they say they are, and you should also ensure that users only have access to files/folders that relate to their roles. 


How can I project my Cloud connection?

Many people leverage VPN connections; however, it is best to use express routes or direct connects to maximize security.  

What are IDS and IPS?

Intrusion Detection Service – This feature spots malicious files/attacks and will sound an alarm but will not stop the file. Think of this like a mall cop. 

Intrusion Prevention Service- This feature typically includes IDS, identifies threats and prevents them from passing into the network. The service relies on signatures to know if a file is a threat and does not tend to perform well with zero-day attacks. Think of this as a local police department.  

How do I protect myself from DDoS?

Two main options: active or passive DDoS Mitigation. The alternative is to not have a public IP address/web presence.

Active DDoS Mitigation—This is a service, typically paid monthly/under contract, that will automatically redirect traffic through a scrubbing location and only pass the ‘good’ traffic through to your site and dropping the ‘bad’ traffic.

Passive DDoS Mitigation—This service is activated after an attack begins and requires the customer to call in to activate. Once active, it too will redirect traffic to a scrubbing location.  

Do I need a firewall?

Yes, the answer is always yes. However, it is also important to note that a firewall is only one component of your overall security posture 

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