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What is a Managed Firewall?

14 October 2021

Imagine your business is a castle. You and all the people in the castle are terribly busy running things. I’m sure there are harvests to plan, and fires to stoke.

Now, you have a moat for protection (you’re not silly). But you don’t have the time, or the resources, to constantly be checking whether the moat’s been breached. So, the moat is there, unguarded, and you hope for the best. Until something goes wrong. And the wily saboteurs make their way through the moat and up the castle wall.

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What is a firewall?

A firewall is a bit like a moat. And, as technology continues to evolve at a staggering speed, new potential security risks are constantly on the rise. With this in mind, it’s worth having multiple layers of security to protect all your valuable and sensitive data.

A standard firewall monitors and controls data when it passes through your computer, your server, and the internet. It reduces the likelihood of hackers, viruses and malware invading your network. It can also block users from downloading things that could harm you, and limit employees' permissions to certain files. It will tell you which networks can be trusted, and the ones that can’t. And it comes with a set of security rules you can customise.

What are the benefits of a managed firewall?

The firewall (or the moat) is just one protective layer. But when that firewall is managed and monitored by an experienced service provider like iomart, you’ll have multiple layers of protection to keep you safe and connected wherever you are. So, you can just get on with running your business (or your castle).

With a managed firewall you don’t need to be an expert in threat detection, and you don’t need to identify the weaknesses in your infrastructure – that's all done for you. And you’ll get regular reports on threat intelligence, with clear actions to keep your business safe day to day, along with proactive security alerts.  

At iomart, we offer 24/7 support from IT experts. And when the world moves on to the next great technology, we can guide you. So you can be sure your security solution is always up to date.

Do you need a managed firewall for your business? 

If your business uses the internet. You need a firewall. But a firewall isn’t a ‘set it up and forget about it’ thing. Especially in our hybrid working world – security starts to get complicated when you hop from one device to another, or across multiple locations and connections.

iomart can help you figure out the best possible solution for your firewall infrastructure. We’ll handle the design and implementation, and continue to support you whenever you need us.

We’ll keep your business secure and connected, wherever you may be, so you can get on with doing what you do best (stoking fires in castles I believe?). We can be the moat, the guards, and the canons, to give you peace of mind that no cyber threats will breach your virtual walls.


If you’d like to find out more about how we can help, get in touch.

Tags: managed security services, cybersecurity, security monitoring, managed security