Managed Firewalls and Unified Threat Management (UTM) Solutions


When considering a Managed Firewall solution, its important to know that the cybersecurity threat landscape is constantly evolving, with new and sophisticated threats emerging regularly. Traditional firewalls typically rely on static rule-based filtering, which may not effectively detect and prevent advanced malware, zero-day exploits or targeted attacks, leaving businesses open to attack.

SMBs increasingly have remote and mobile workforces, accessing business resources from various locations and devices. Traditional firewalls are designed for perimeter defence, assuming a centralised office environment. They may not provide adequate security for remote workers or effectively control traffic from mobile devices. SMBs need firewalls that offer secure remote access capabilities and can enforce policies across distributed networks.

This is where a managed firewall comes in.

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Managed Firewalls

A firewall acts as the first line of defence against unauthorised access and potential cyber threats. It monitors incoming and outgoing network traffic, filtering out malicious or suspicious activities, and helps prevent unauthorised access to sensitive data. This is particularly important for SMBs that may not have dedicated IT security personnel or robust cybersecurity infrastructure.

A managed firewall helps protect SMBs from various types of cyber-attacks, including malware, ransomware, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, and intrusion attempts. It helps safeguard sensitive information, customer data, and intellectual property, reducing the risk of financial loss, reputational damage, and legal issues.

Managing and updating a firewall can be complex and time-consuming. With a managed firewall, SMBs can benefit from continuous monitoring, maintenance, and patch management by experienced IT professionals. This ensures that the firewall remains up to date with the latest security patches and configurations, reducing vulnerabilities and enhancing overall network security.

Why SMB’s are a target for cybercriminals

SMB’s can often find themselves being targeted by attackers as they typically have limited financial and technical resources compared to larger enterprises. This often means they have less robust cybersecurity measures in place, making them an attractive target for cybercriminals.

Despite their smaller size, SMBs often possess valuable data that hackers can exploit or monetise. Larger enterprises often have extensive supply chains that involve multiple SMBs as vendors or partners. Hackers may target these SMBs as entry points to gain access to the larger enterprise’s systems.

It’s important therefore that SMBs recognise their attractiveness as potential targets and take proactive measures to enhance their cybersecurity posture.

How can you protect your business?

To address the cyber-security challenges that many businesses face, SMB’s should consider a next-generation firewalls (NGFW) or managed firewall solutions that combines traditional firewall capabilities with advanced features such as application control, intrusion prevention, malware detection, VPN support and centralised management.

These modern managed firewall solutions provide enhanced security, better visibility, and more granular control over network traffic, helping SMBs protect their digital assets in today’s dynamic threat landscape.

By investing in the right networking and security tools now, you can significantly reduce the risk to your business and save money in the long run, should you fall victim to a malicious attack.

A managed firewall provides SMBs with enhanced network security, protection against cyber threats, compliance adherence, continuous monitoring and maintenance, scalability, and the ability to focus on core business functions. It is a cost-effective solution that offers peace of mind and helps safeguard the business’s critical assets in the increasingly complex digital landscape.

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How MPS can help


Partnering with global leader of cybersecurity solutions and services Fortinet, MPS is able to design, deliver and support a managed firewall solution to meet the needs of any business.

Our experienced IT and cyber-security specialists can work with you to analyse your current IT landscape and operational needs, highlight potential vulnerabilities and make recommendations as to the key steps to be taken to reduce the risks to your business.

As part of our end-to-end cyber security portfolio, our managed firewall provides SMBs with enhanced network security, protection against cyber threats, compliance adherence, continuous monitoring and maintenance, scalability and the ability to focus on core business functions. It is a cost-effective solution that offers peace of mind and helps safeguard the business’s critical assets in the increasingly complex digital landscape.

Our partners


To deliver the protection you need, we’ve partnered with the best brands in cyber security.

Microsoft

As the largest software company in the world, Microsoft has been leading the way in digital technology for decades. Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection helps protect devices, data and user identities as part of Microsoft 365 Cloud.

Fortinet

Fortinet’s Security Fabric is the industry’s highest-performing cyber protection platform. From small business to government organisations, Fortinet provides rigorous, real-time security services to stop cyber threats in their tracks.

Smoothwall

Deploying a range of content-aware monitoring, filtering and firewall solutions, Smoothwall empowers education, public and private sector organisations to keep their people safe online.

Sentinel One

Sentinel One develops a dramatic new approach to endpoint protection, applying AI and machine learning to thwart known and unknown threats.

Barracuda

Barracuda provides easy, comprehensive and affordable solutions for email protection, application and cloud security, network security and data protection.

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