Our firewall security assessments involve security testing and analysis.
Our firewall evaluation provides insight for businesses looking to improve their firewall security and reduce risk.
We are a leading managed security service provider with a global HQ based in the UK.
We service our clients with:
- Rapid Response Times
- 24/7/365 monitoring support
- Dedicated SOC expertise
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What is Included in a Firewall Assessment?
Our firewall security assessment service makes sure that your firewall is configured correctly in order to reduce the attack surface. It is the first line of defence; incorrect firewall configuration can greatly reduce its efficacy and leave your network vulnerable to attack.
We are experts in all firewalls, whether they be cloud firewalls, web application firewalls, software firewalls, or virtual firewalls. We perform our firewall security assessment by investigating the following elements:
CloudTech24 assesses if any unnecessary rules have been set up that could expose your company’s private data. It utilises these rules to identify if rules are superseded, obsolete, or may be a risk to your security.
CloudTech24’s firewall assessment service includes an evaluation of your firewall’s features and their uses so that we can identify any areas that can be more optimised. We check whether any of these features are providing any limits to your firewall security and optimise these elements to make these perform better.
We go the extra mile for all of our clients. To make this happen, our firewall assessment moves further to technically examine the firewall’s capability in dealing with external threats, but also the egress traffic (outbound communications).
The majority of modern advanced threats that occur are targeted at users. It is therefore important that we conduct firewall security testing to review the level of perimeter control to the internet from within the network. This review provides insight to the security risks to the business that could come from when employees access external networks such as the internet.
Best Practice and COMPLIANCE
If you are a merchant taking payments via your website, it is important to ensure that you are compliant with PCI Security Council Standards. The PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) provide a set of standards that you must meet in order to facilitate card transactions.
We make sure that your configuration aligns with best practice and is compliant with standard such as PCI when required.
How Is A Firewall Security Assessment Conducted?
CloudTech24 performs all testing using a sensor within your local network; we perform a technical assessment of what outbound and inbound communications are possible, including actions such as:
- Testing ingress and egress port and application access
- Data Exfiltration to an external server and unapproved cloud file hosting services
- Ingress reconnaissance and probing
- Access to traffic anonymisation tools such as TOR (The Onion Router), unauthorised VPNs and Proxies
- URL filtering, and access to undesirable sites such as pornography, gambling, and chat/IM
- Ability to access online services for streaming and downloads of pirated material
- Downloading of malicious files and viruses
- Back door connectivity using tools including reverse port forwarding and reverse shells
- Peer-to-Peer file sharing, to find activity such as BitTorrent that can be used for illegal activity
- Communication through insecure protocols, including FTP, Telnet, IMAP and POP
- Firewall base security, patch validation and version updates of threat security for threat detection modules.
Are Firewall Security Assessments Vital?
Firewalls must be assessed and reviewed on an ongoing basis so that they maintain effectiveness in securing your company.
We customise our approach to your business. We implement measures in line with best practice. We operate consistently with your firewall change management and help you increase the chances of identifying weaknesses in your security systems before they become a problem. By doing this, we can prevent your data from being compromised by cyber attackers.
The most dangerous thing about a firewall is the false sense of security provided by a misconfigured instance. Your firewall is your first line of defence against threats from outside your business; any misconfiguration is a potential vector for attack.
We can help. Contact us today to discuss your requirements and to organise a review of your current firewall security.
Frequently asked questions about our Firewall Security Assessment
Please see below for some common questions on our firewall security assessment, if you would prefer to speak to someone then give us a call and speak to one of the security team.
HOW DO I PERFORM A FIREWALL SECURITY ASSESSMENT?
To audit securely and effectively it is best to speak to a specialist. CloudTech24 conduct firewall audits using a specialist appliance to probe the firewall and attempt to bypass restrictions currently in place. This requires the experience and technical ability to perform this safely and securely.
WHAT IS FIREWALL SECURITY ASSESSMENT?
A firewall assessment looks at the configuration of your current firewall to determine its efficacy. We look to see whether or not your current solution provides a suitable amount of protection against external threats.
WHAT IS A NEXT GENERATION FIREWALL (NGFW)?
A next-gen firewall is a conventional firewall combined with other network device filtering such as deep packet inspection and intrusion detection.
WHAT ARE FIREWALL RULES?
Firewall rules examine the control information in individual packets. Ports can be blocked according to firewall rules. Firewall rules will block ports if they are found to be receiving malicious traffic.
DO FIREWALLS NEED TO BE ASSESSED REGULARLY?
To ensure maximum effectiveness of your firewall, network protection and traffic should be monitored on a regular basis and firewall configurations should be adjusted accordingly.
ARE THERE ANY LIMITATIONS OF FIREWALLS?
Traditional firewalls have many limitations compared to newer next-gen firewalls provided by CloudTech24. Due to encrypted communications there is often a lack of security visibility, this can be resolved by a layered approach to cyber security and leveraging network data to be correlated by the CloudTech24 SOC.
HOW DO I TEST FIREWALL SECURITY?
Testing your firewall security can been done in a number of ways. One such way is to conduct a penetration test. If you’d like to learn more, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
HOW DO I HARDEN MY FIREWALL?
Speak to a member of our team on how our firewall security assessments can validate the effectiveness of your network security and ensure your business is getting the best protection from your firewall platform.