Firewall as a Service

As organizations continue to transform digitally, it should come as no surprise that cyber security remains a top concern. The cloud, mobile, IoT, and other trends are making connectivity wider-reaching, easier and more-cost-effective, but are also making it easier for hackers to find weak spots, attack and infiltrate.

Firewall-as-a-service can represent a best practice for more fluidly and cost-effectively administering the latest, most comprehensive protection that private-to-public and cloud-to-cloud gateways require.

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Why FWaaS?

Firewall-as-a-service (FWaaS) is a digitally transformative alternative that dispenses with the need for physical firewalls at every remote site and enables an organization or managed service provider to simplify security operations in the cloud, where cost and efficiency advantages such as
shared economy of scale (multi-tenancy) and rapid service delivery reside. Additional advantages of FWaaS include centralized control without the backhaul costs, rapid deployment of the latest generation of security capabilities, scalability beyond on-site hardware limits, and more-predictable cost and budgeting.

Benefits

Advanced Security Deployed Quickly

The Firewall-as-a-Service enables organizations and managed service providers to deploy advanced security rapidly to protect the gateways between the Internet, private networks, branch offices and remote users via a single cloud console. Distributed as a service, Firewall-as- a-Service makes initial deployment, timely security updates and customized subscriptions less time-consuming and less costly. Once deployed, the addition of new features — such as moving from antivirus inspection to file sandboxing or decrypting SSL or TLS —no longer relies on the size and capacity of the firewall appliance at a specific site.

Easier Security Management

The typical enterprise spends between 20-60 hours every week buying, deploying, configuring, monitoring, and managing dozens of security hardware and software tools. Small teams or organizations with a shortage of in-house skill, personnel or budget struggle to keep up, particularly when branch offices and the workforce are widely distributed and consistent network and security policy must be enforced. Firewall-as-a-Service solves this complexity challenge while providing enterprise-grade, cloud-based firewall protection that is affordable, flexible, centralized, and simpler to manage. It’s the easy button for security, without having to maintain hardware-based firewalls at every location.

Reduced Hardware Costs and Better Cost Predictibility

Firewall-as-a-Service empowers organizations to reduce the amount of network edge devices they procure, support and replace, and instead realize a predictable security investment that is right-sized for them. We have seen clients reduce costs by as much as 40%, and are able to better leverage their limited security personnel for essential security priorities.

Backhaul Offload and Reduction of Bandwidth Costs

Firewall-as-a-service can reduce traffic over expensive private MPLS lines by securing transmissions between remote workers and the Internet, and between remote offices, all in the cloud. Served and secured by the OPAQ Firewall-as-a-Service, network users can connect to the nearest trusted point of presence, reducing latency and cost while enhancing quality of experience. FWaaS is an especially ripe approach for organizations moving to SD-WAN in branch offices, because it enables them to more easily replace multiple branch firewall appliances with FWaaS and secure web gateway services, all in one security stack.

Secure Multi-cloud

For many organizations it’s no longer about doing business in the cloud; it’s about operating across many of them. As organizations scale back what they host in their internal data centers to offers users access through third-party application providers in the cloud, they need to balance accessibility with security. we minimize your organization’s (or hosted customers’) Internet exposure through direct peering relationships with all major cloud providers (AWS, Azure, Google) and more than 180 content and Internet service providers, while providing best-of-breed firewall-as-a-service protection. Through this peering partner dynamic, more than 60% of traffic on the network never even touches the Internet — traffic takes the fastest route possible by going directly to its intended destination.