A firewall is part of your computer system or network that is designed to block unauthorized access while permitting outward communication. It keeps the bad guys out, which is good. It also can be used to keep your employees off of sites that could potentially pose security risks or efficiency risks to your business.

If you’re looking to get the most utility out of a firewall, though, you will also use it as a monitoring tool. It provides useful data like what kinds of people and what kinds of threats are targeting your business. Of course, monitoring your network is resource-intensive, time-consuming, costly, and requires expertise. That’s where a managed firewall service, provided by security experts, comes into play.

So, what is managed firewall?

Managed firewall is a service provided by qualified managed security services providers (MSSPs) to address security threats and to monitor your network traffic to understand what it typically looks like, so that atypical use can be easily identified and corrected. The security professionals who monitor your network provide analysis and reporting as part of the managed firewall package.

Managed firewall service includes

Application Control – Block or rate-limit applications or specific features to maximize employee productivity on any device. Web Content Filtering – Block access to malicious or objectionable websites by leveraging a threat database that categorizes websites based on content.

Our team of experts can help you determine which security tools work best for you based on a personalized and comprehensive assessment of your needs. Best of all, we can help you with provisioning, installation, and maintenance of your managed firewall service and we serve as an interlocutor between your company and the vendor.