Protecting your IT infrastructure from danger

Businesses today have never been at a greater risk of attack from Internet-based threats, or exposure to the challenge of Information Security & Data Protection. Where large organisations and governments have significant budgets to bring to deal with these threats, smaller companies are having to ‘do more with less’ and ensure that they address risk to their infrastructure in the most appropriate and cost-effective way they possibly can.

Backbone Connect have been the trusted infrastructure provider to mid-market businesses for over a decade and have been securing our customers critical IT assets for the same length of time.

Our independent, practical approach and ‘trusted advisor’ status mean that you can depend on us for affordable and effective advice in securing your business. We can provide a range of cyber security solutions to address any risks highlighted by an infrastructure assessment, ensuring that these are focused in the right way to balance impact and probability, not forgetting that human factors and budget are also key considerations.

 

Virtual Firewall

Any business internet connection, regardless of who provides it, requires dependable perimeter protection as a minimum requirement. Small to medium businesses cannot always justify the total cost of ownership of a hardware-based firewall solution, nor do they necessarily have the resources in terms of IT and networking skills to manage policy and maintain updates to the firewall platform.

For our business internet and wide area network customers, Backbone Connect can provide a perimeter firewall service, based upon a geographically diverse, high-availability platform which is fully managed in terms of monitoring, policy change management and maintenance of underlying infrastructure. This scaleable, reliable, multi-customer security platform can be considered an ideal entry-level firewall solution for small businesses who desire a simple-to-implement, hands-off approach to protecting their internet perimeter.

 

Dedicated Firewall

Given that securing the internet perimeter is one vitally important element in protecting your business from external attack, the team at Backbone Connect can help mitigate this risk with the provision of an advanced, dedicated firewall, configured and managed to meet your needs.

Every business is different, so we take a consultative approach to understanding your likely exposure and your existing technology landscape. We have helped protect customers with single-site business internet connectivity as well as multi-site organisations who require centralised, high availability perimeter firewalls deployed at the heart of their network, protecting all locations with a common security policy.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to internet perimeter security, so once we have a good understanding of your requirements we can recommend a firewall solution which is an appropriate fit for your needs.

Key Features:

  • Dedicated, single firewall on premise
  • High Availability firewalls on premise
  • Branch Office firewalls
  • Centralised, hosted firewall(s) for your Wide Area Network (e.g. MPLS WAN)
  • Secure remote access solution including multi-factor authentication
  • Multi-site Internet-based VPN’s
  • Universal Threat Management (UTM), advanced firewall
  • Intrusion Detection / Protection Service
  • Cisco Firepower Solutions

 

Cisco Firepower Services

As internet-borne threats become more advanced and small-to-medium businesses find themselves under increased risk of attack, your perimeter security needs to stay ahead of the game. The latest Cisco ASA firewalls are available with a full armament of defenses including:

  • Application Visibility and Control (AVC) – Allowing businesses to be extremely granular in controlling access to specific apps, including the use of social media.
  • ‘Next Generation’ Intrusion Protection System – Providing threat prevention encompassing users, devices, users and content.
  • Advanced Malware Protection – Whilst user training is important in terms of reducing the likelihood of exposure to risky websites and opening e-mail attachments, Cisco AMP can discover, understand and stop malware as well as emerging threats.
  • URL Filtering – Ensuring that your corporate browsing access policy is enforced, by analysing URL’s and matching against a risk score.
  • If your business has an existing Cisco ASA firewall running Firepower or you are considering replacing an existing perimeter security platform, and you need the reassurance and benefit of having the experts manage it for you, then contact us

 

Risk Assessment/Audit

Assessing current level of risk or exposure to threats can take many forms and in many cases it can be a question of where to start. A high-level, structured questionnaire might reveal some key areas of focus and provide a quick, convenient way of beginning the process and addressing the most pressing risk.

Our approach is consultative, honest and independent. Backbone Connect have trusted partners in place to review your business and IT risk, giving you the knowledge you need to focus resources on risk reduction in an appropriate, affordable manner. Adding boxes or software does not always result in reduced risk.

We generally look at likelihood (of a cyber incident) and impact (on the business) when evaluating a business’ exposure to cyber risk.

 

  • Likelihood can be measured by how well cyber protection mechanisms (firewalls, anti-virus, patching, etc.) are implemented. UK certifications like Cyber Essentials can give a good indication that a business has reasonable protection mechanisms in place.
  • Impact is measured by looking at how the business operates in terms of reliance on the Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of IT systems and data. In other words, looking for what potential threats there are to the business and which threat(s) would have the largest negative impact. International certifications like ISO27001 will add business risk analysis to what is offered through Cyber Essentials.

 

To see how we can help with your business requirements have a no-obligation conversation with one of our security experts on +44 (0) 203 955 7200.



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