Firewall Configuration Mistakes Only An Expert Can Help You Avoid

April 5, 2018Manhattan Tech Support

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More than half of survey respondents say their organization currently transfers sensitive or confidential data to the cloud. That’s just one reason why it’s so essential to ensure proper firewall support and protection. Without the expertise of a team of firewall experts, you’ll never know for sure if you may be making a firewall mistake that can affect operations or security down the line. Here are just a few mistakes that firewall consultants can help you avoid.

Unnecessary Services

Many times, there are services configured into a firewall setup that don’t need to be there. Two main examples are ‘rogue’ DHCP servers on the network that’s distributing IPs, which potentially leads to availability issues and IP conflicts. There’s also the issue of dynamic routing, which usually should not be enabled on a security device as a best practice.

Fortunately, firewall experts can help you avoid this issue.

“The answer to this problem is hardening devices and ensuring that configurations are compliant before the device is put into a production setting…by configuring your devices based on the function that you actually want them to fulfill and following the principle of least privileged access, you will improve security and reduce the chances of accidentally leaving a risky service running on your firewall,” writes Kyle Wickert on Dark Reading.

Non-Standardized Mechanisms For Authentication

There are a surprising number of organizations that fail to abide by the enterprise standard for all authentication mechanisms. However, this is almost guaranteed to lower security and make more vectors for attackers. It also makes it easier for potential attackers to access the network for the corporate enterprise using the remote office. As an organization, you should make sure all remote offices have and follow the same exact procedures when it comes to authentication.

According to data from siliconangle.com, over 60% of businesses were utilizing the cloud for IT-related work in 2013. These are just a few potential configuration mistakes that a qualified team of firewall experts can help your organization avoid. Firewall specialists are trained to seek out and prevent potential security issues before they arise, ensuring optimized protection of all company data. For more information about selecting a Meraki reseller, contact Manhattan Tech Support.

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