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The case for cloud-hosted firewalls

ICT investments remain low, making strategic and financial network investments more critical now than ever

Posted by Joe Lawson-West | October 24, 2017 | E-safety

More stringent data protection laws coming into force this May, plus a threat landscape rife with cyberattacks, will see Network Managers scrutinising school security. But despite a modest increase in budget allocations for school networks, overall, ICT investments remain low, making strategic and financial network investments more critical now than ever.

Most schools currently deploy on-site hardware firewalls; until now they’ve done the job. But don’t be fooled, the threat landscape is changing by the day. Last year, over three billion records were leaked by organisations, including education establishments, due to network attacks.

There is a clear and present danger that on-site firewalls have limited capacity in defending the onslaught of today’s attacks. Upgrades will need new hardware, new hardware will need more money. As new threats develop globally every second, this scenario will soon turn into Groundhog Day.

But there is another way, and one which is gathering momentum. Cloud-hosted security, once a mistrusted solution by some, (tho’ I’m not sure why?) is having its day.

Able to respond automatically to new threats by the minute, equally important, hosted firewalls offer increased resilience with automatic failover.

Schools can be connected to the best security defences in the world via hosted security. State of the art data centres provide affordable, high grade solutions for schools that wouldn’t otherwise be in their financial reach.

Able to respond automatically to new threats by the minute, equally important, hosted firewalls offer increased resilience with automatic failover. That’s the equivalent of two firewall boxes on-site, but without paying for the extra firewall. Your uptime is protected and you won’t have to wait a day for your replacement firewall.

All hosted security equipment is looked after in secure data centres, where everything is kept in warranty. There’s no continual funding of new licences and all your configurations are backed up automatically. If you choose a supplier like Schools Broadband, their unique system, named Best Security ISP by the Internet Service Provider’s Association this year, allows you complete control and visibility of your school’s network. They can also do this for you.

MAT Network Managers might also like to know cloud hosted firewalls integrate with MPLS/VPLS WANS, so there are big savings to be had on purchasing individual firewalls.

Schools Broadband is a Gold MSSP Fortinet partner. They provide broadband, DfE compliant web filtering and award-winning security all in one package.

To find out more visit www.schoolsbroadband.co.uk/network-security.
Contact 01133 222 333 or email info@schoolsbroadband.co.uk

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