Firewalls are like insurance—it’s not fun, it’s not sexy, but it’s a necessary precaution. Installing and configuring a firewall is just the first step; you need to patch and update it on an ongoing basis, which includes testing (you don’t want anything to break!) and ensuring all your compliance checkboxes stay checked.
It takes a couple of hours to update a firewall, which doesn’t seem like much in the grand scheme of things. And vendors only issue updates or patches every couple of months, so it’s spread out. But how many firewalls does your organization have? From how many vendors? This task can quickly mushroom into a huge time drain—and with IT teams running lean, time is a scarce resource. Not to mention, it must be done during off hours, so your staffers have to come into the office on a weekend or in the middle of the night to take care of it. You could hire an IT vendor to do it for you, but they’ll typically just handle the install—testing and compliance are still on you.
Wouldn’t it be nice if all this just happened automatically? Now it can.
With BCM One’s firewall management service, we take care of this for you. We maintain strong relationships with all the major firewall vendors, so we get the updates as soon as they are released and we test them thoroughly before they are put into production. We’ll alert you, schedule the update based on your preferred window, and do the work remotely. Then we send you the reporting you need to demonstrate compliance from a security standpoint. All while your IT folks are doing more business-specific activities (and actually sleeping at night).
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BCM One, a managed solutions provider, offers managed IT operations and is headquartered in Manhattan, New York.