Firewall and Security Solutions
Protect your business against theft, unauthorized manipulation and computer viruses
Cybersecurity threats are becoming increasingly more common and complicated, and their effects increasingly more devastating. IoT devices and the work-from-home craze that began in 2020 have made protecting the perimeter harder than ever.Businesses of all sizes and industries are at risk of security breaches, which is why finding the right network security solution is essential for your business.
What you need
You need secure links to remote offices and users. You need compliance with internal security policies as well as legal requirements. You need robust, reliable network security that doesn’t impact on speed or productivity.
What we do
At IP Technics, we build network security solutions around your needs and your resources, selecting the right firewall and network security products to meet the challenges specific to your business, providing a managed cybersecurity service that grows with your company.
Type of firewalls
Virtual firewalls are commercially available firewalls that offer extensive functionality to enterprises, from basic packet filtering and VPN services to advanced email security, data leak prevention, enterprise cloud solution to secure roaming users and more. These firewalls are often cloud-based and do not require the installation of a physical firewall appliance. Instead, these firewalls can be downloaded and used in the form of software applications. They are ideal for all businesses enterprises that are stepping into cloud infrastructure and have a vast and distributed environment and have a large number of devices and connections. They are easy to configure, update, and maintain. A virtual firewall is the best option for situations like the amidst of corona pandemic where a physical appliance cannot be deployed but an executable application version that does not require a physical appliance but works on the existing data center, cloud setup or a local server to provide quick and reliable long term security. These forms of firewall are as powerful as the physical appliance and accommodate all the security solutions that a physical firewall has to offer.
Appliance based firewalls can be used in these cases as they come with the hardware capabilities to handle large volumes of data. Large enterprises can use commercial appliance-based firewalls to protect all their digital assets without impacting network performance. These hardware appliances have their own and dedicated reconfigurable ports with expandable slots in various configuration. In order to get comprehensive protection for your growing enterprise network commercial firewalls, either virtual or appliance-based will be necessary. Both virtual and appliance-based firewalls can have proprietary features such as contextually intelligent data security and advanced email security, which can handle all your cybersecurity needs without slowing down your
Top commercial firewall and security solutions
Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks came out on top of both the Gartner Magic Quadrant and Forrester Wave and scored well in our evaluation too. If you’re looking for top security and performance, Palo Alto’s NGFWs should be on your evaluation list. We’ve been impressed by the level of security provided by Palo Alto – see our top EDR products report – and NGFWs are no exception.
Fortinet is another perennial firewall favorite. Its NGFWs scored above average in NSS Labs tests, while its TCO per protected Mbps was near the top – in short, good security and performance for a good price. Fortinet has also posted strong test results in data center gateways, intrusion prevention, breach prevention and SD-WAN, so you’d be hard-pressed to find a cybersecurity vendor more willing to let its products undergo rigorous testing.
Juniper and Huawei share the Most Popular award – their users rave about them. Juniper has been coming on strong in the security market with advanced features like machine learning-based detection. Cloud and zero trust features could use more development, but Juniper networking customers in particular should give the company’s SRX firewalls a serious look, and the company has strong capabilities for just about all enterprise use cases.
Cisco’s biggest strength may be the breadth of its offerings. Its zero trust, microsegmentation and SD-WAN capabilities have made it the early leader in the emerging zero trust market. In addition to its Firepower and Meraki firewalls, Cisco also offers impressive integration with its endpoint, cloud, networking and application security products.
Top Open Source Firewall and Security solutions
Open-source firewalls are firewalls that are free to use by individuals and organizations. Most open-source firewalls come with standard network protection features like packet filtering, unified threat management, etc. However, finding an open-source firewall that offers all the security and network services needed by modern-day enterprises can be hard. Also, configuring certain firewalls may require a certain amount of IT and cybersecurity know-how. Thus, if you need a firewall for your small business do not require an extensive suite of features you can choose an open-source firewall until you scale up. Moreover, these firewalls are not equipped to handle the latest threats and situation where flexibility and adaptability are needed.
Instead of using Linux, OPNsense is powered by HardenedBSD, which is a security oriented fork of FreeBSD. The firewall distro is designed to serve as a firewall and routing platform and besides filtering traffic can also be used to display a captive portal, shape traffic, detect and prevent intrusions, as well as setup a Virtual Private Network (VPN), and lots more. In its bid to respond to threats in a timely fashion, the firewall distro offers weekly security updates. One of the best features about OPNsense is that it exposes all its functionalities from inside a web-based interface, which is a pleasure to use and is available in multiple languages. OPNsense implements a stateful firewall and enables users to group firewall rules by category, which according to its website, is a handy feature for more demanding network setups.The firewall uses an Inline Intrusion Prevention System. This is a powerful form of deep packet inspection whereby instead of merely blocking an IP address or port, OPNsense can inspect individual data packets or connections and stop them before they reach the sender if necessary.
Pfsense is an open source firewall distribution based on FreeBSD. It offers many enterprise features that allow it to connect any network to the internet with a secure approach. Using Pfsense you will connect cloud-to-cloud, cloud-to-site, site-to-site, etc. Pfsense is a rethinking of how open source firewalls can run your enterprise allowing you to save money and, with the right techniques, you can become more secure. With Pfsense you don’t have to worry about if you have a current license for your device being open source you have the freedom of continuous updates.
There are thousands of people that contribute to the project allowing for vulnerabilities to be stopped and fixed, at an increased, rate that property vendors can’t match. Property vendors often keep vulnerabilities quite, believing in the security of obscurity. That means that they don’t always fix the problem meaning that once a hacker finds the vulnerability in your firewall you could be breached. If you’re like me that doesn’t sound like a great approach, I would rather be able to update and fix the issues as they arise not wait months for a fix.
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