It has been just over five months since Wannacry hit the headlines. The Ransomware attack, which targeted the UK?s National Health Service and also impacted companies like FedEx, may not have netted its creators much in the way of cold, hard cash, but it certainly demonstrated the potential of ransomware, infecting more than 400,000 machines everywhere from Spain to the United States and China.
Close to all (98%) of those infected were running Windows 7. Of course, Wannacry is not the only potential threat to business continuity. In fact, close to 60% of all businesses had reported some form of malware infiltration in the last six months, according an Osterman Research survey report. In this increasingly insecure context, more and more companies are partnering with managed IT support services for their security solutions. In fact, a survey found that 83% said they were planning to do so or had already done so.
As more and more services migrate to the cloud, security is also making the moved. One of the many managed IT support services on offer is firewall-as-a-service. This is a cloud-based serviced that offers the movement, either partially or in full, of security inspection to cloud infrastructure. Gartner has reported that such a move can offer security solutions that are simpler, more flexible and more secure, with easier maintenance and faster deployment. Such cloud computing services can offer greater latency across all points of presence in the enterprise, according to Gartner. Firewall as a service also allows you to centralize management of security features and access full visibility in a cloud computing context.
To get the best from Firewall-as-a-Service, companies should look for solutions that offer Internet and WAN traffic inspection and remote access from all locations and for mobile users, application and user awareness that lets you set and enforce policies based on a variety of user and application factors, and flexibility and scalability.
Deploying managed IT support services such as Firewall-as-a-service can make all the difference in securing your data and protecting your network from threats such as Wannacry and other malware. A cloud solution can offer increased security, while also offering costs savings. Managed IT support from reputable consulting firms add additional resilience, scalability and flexibility to security solutions.
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