Hardware & Firewalls

Firewalls are the first line of defense and require careful inspection.

Comparison of the latest firewall and switches against your current ones are a critical step in keeping your network protected. Whether your company chooses our Next-Generation Firewall or chooses to stay with what you have, we will manage it and keep it updated.

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Why Blue Sky is different.

At Blue Sky we use Next-Generation firewalls. Next-Gen firewalls auto-update, when vulnerabilities occur our Next Generation firewall is patched to prevent compromise. Next-Generation Firewalls use Intrusion Detection System (IDS) and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS). IDS and IPS are services that inspect deep into internet traffic looking for malicious activity.

Major vulnerabilities are being found around old firewalls, attackers exploit these major vulnerability to violate networks. Attackers can easily search any public IP and gather information about firewalls including, what version is being used its patch level. Keeping firewalls updated is critical in defending against attacks.

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Is my LAN vulnerable?

Local Area Networks (LAN) are also critical; if a machine can be seen on the LAN, it can be hacked. In most cases, that’s fine, but is that so for the HR Department or Upper Management? It is essential for security reasons to look to see if your company would benefit from LAN segmentation. It is critical to have a guest network to allow access to the internet for outsiders or visitors. This reduces the chances of them accidentally creating an area of intrusion; if you don’t have a guest network, we can create one.

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Do all my computers need to be on the LAN?

It’s vital that only machines needing to see each other can do so. Inside your business, you have different departments. Most businesses have Human Resources, Sales, and Accounting. Each department and its machines can be put on its own LAN segment. Keeping the Accounting Department from being able to see the Human Resource Department. The segmentation allows for each department and machine only to see the machines within that segment. So in the event the HR Department is hacked, the Accounting Department can remain uncompromised.