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Firewall Services Marketplace (DIY & Managed)

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What is a Managed Firewall?

A managed Firewall is an outsourced IT service which includes management, configuration, reporting and support of security policies, threat protection, web filtering with integration into SIEM (Security Information and Event Management).

Features include:

  • Firewall Functions (Controlling access): Access to the functions available from a managed firewall can be controlled using robust authentication, including MFA.
  • IDS / IPS Functions: Managed firewalls provide IDS (intrusion detection system) and IPS (Intrusion Prevention Service) functions. An IDS detects potential threats and generates alerts, while an IPS blocks malicious connections to a network and unauthorized access attempts.
  • Anti-viral Functions: some advanced FWaaS come with an anti-virus filtering module to actively prevent virus infections, including ransomware
  • Web-Filtering Functions: FWaaS solutions filter URLs of web transmissions to block malicious websites and web traffic.
  • Anti-Spam Functions: a managed firewall can be delivered with content filtering capability to stop spam from entering an enterprise.
  • IPSec VPN: a managed firewall can be delivered as a solution that includes an IPSEC VPN to ensure that network traffic is encrypted.
  • 24/7 monitoring: a managed firewall comes with 24/7/365 monitoring, a skilled team using the results of monitoring to keep your enterprise safe.
  • Event management: log and security events are captured and used to detect threats as well as triage and evaluate potential cyber-attacks. • Incident management: a managed firewall comes with dedicated incident management handling.
  • Change management: updating firewalls can be a time-sensitive and consuming task. A managed firewall is updated on your behalf saving you time and expense.
  • Configuration backup: it is essential to keep backups of firewall configuration settings. An MSP will ensure that this is done regularly and securely on behalf of your organization.
  • Reporting: managed firewalls produce logs and events that are used to generate reports. An MSP uses these reports to spot unusual events indicating a threat.
  • Hardware & software inventories: a managed firewall comes with an automated hardware and software inventory solution to help you keep track of devices and apps. This helps in optimizing firewall configuration.
  • Service delivery management: only a managed firewall can optimize service delivery for consistent, reliable service with an ‘always on’ security ethos.

Why should you choose DIY vs Managed Firewall As a Service?

As companies move data and applications to the Cloud, the methods used to protect those assets have also had to evolve. Firewalls were initially designed in the 1990s to protect IT assets within the walls of an enterprise. However, as the Cloud changes the nature of the enterprise perimeter, firewalls have had to adapt to this new normal to cover the expanded and fuzzy enterprise perimeter. A cloud firewall uses an 'as-a-Service' (FWaaS) model of delivery to accommodate a cloud infrastructure's more complex security needs.

Cloud firewalls are deployed and managed in-house or using a managed service from a specialist provider.

As cloud computing has become ubiquitous, cyber-threats have followed. Regardless of size or industry, the modern enterprise must defend its assets from these threats. This situation is complicated by the massive attack surface created by cloud computing and the edge devices used to access cloud-based data and applications. According to Check Point Research, cybercriminals take advantage of new cloud-based exploitations, with cyber-attack volumes against corporate networks increasing by 50% in 2021.

When an enterprise commits to using a cloud firewall, they must decide if they have the in-house skills to choose, deploy, configure, and manage the service in-house or use a Managed Service Provider (MSP) to handle the FWaaS solution.

Managed Firewall as-a-service from the Cloud

The move to the Cloud has accelerated because of highly adaptive SD-WAN (Software Defined-Wide Area Network) solutions. For example, a cloud firewall can be bought as a service and easily integrated into an existing SD-WAN Edge (a physical or virtualised network function) or a virtualised environment.

What is the market value of managed Firewall?

The urgent need to protect cloud resources from sustained cyber-attacks has led to a massive increase in the market worth of cloud firewalls or Firewall-as-a-Service (FWaaS). Analysts value this buoyant market to be worth $8.28 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 25.40% from a value of $0.3 billion in 2021.


Managed Services Options

The following details the different options which exist for IT teams considering managed services.

Managed Service Provider

  • Provides 24/7/365 monitoring and alerting as an integral part of the service
  • MSP employs dedicated skilled staff to configure, manage, and maintain the FWaaS on your behalf. Can also deploy and manage as a consolidated solution.
  • The MSP manages automatic updates to maintain the Firewall from a central console
  • Can provide a consolidated bundle of security products using a SASE framework – an MSP provides a mechanism to find the best of breed solutions that interoperate.
  • Interoperability assured as MSP will perform tests
  • Often an MSP can provide a single policy framework for all consolidated solutions using a single UI
  • On-site support standard
  • Provides highly cost-effective access to technology. Can offer elastic cost schedules and product
  • Consolidation savings based on enterprise need


  • Can provide 24/7/365 monitoring and alerting directly or via a partner company
  • Own in-house skills may be needed to maintain solution if not using managed services from the vendor
  • If the vendor offers managed services, they will provide management and maintenance
  • Vendor tie-in may become an issue if your organization decides to change vendors
  • Interoperability between security solutions could be an issue
  • Policies are specific to the vendor solution and any consolidated SASE framework is unlikely to be supported from a single UI
  • Some vendors may off on-site support
  • Some offer subscription payment schedules for own product only – no consolidation cost packages


  • Can provide 24/7/365 monitoring and alerting directly or via a partner company
  • Focus on the vendor solution so will offer deployment and management services for the specific product
  • If the partner offers managed services, they will provide management and maintenance
  • Vendor tie-in may become an issue if your organization decides to change vendors
  • Interoperability between security solutions could be an issue
  • Policies are specific to the vendor solution and any consolidated SASE framework is unlikely to be supported from a single UI
  • Partner may offer option of on-site support
  • Depending on partner, can offer some form of product consolidation savings based on enterprise need


DIY & Managed SD WAN Service Components

IT teams should consider the following components when comparing SD WAN services.

What are the Pros of Managed SD WAN?

Managed Firewalls Pros & Cons

Consider the items below when creating your vendor shortlist.


  • Prevents malicious or unauthorized traffic from entering the network
  • A managed service provider employs skilled staff to ensure configuration is optimized
  • If optimized, a managed firewall will operate smoothly and be fast to respond to potential threats
  • Delivered using an MSP a managed firewall cost can be offered to reflect the changing needs of the enterprise
  • User restrictions helps to prevent cyber-threats


  • Could interfere with legitimate traffic if not correctly configured
  • Configuration can be complex unless you have skilled staff
  • Firewalls can be resource intensive
  • Can be costly if the firewall is based on hardware
  • User restrictions can cause productivity issues if not finely balanced by optimized policies

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