Softcat managed firewall service reaches 100th customer

Softcat has recently signed up the 100th customer to use its managed firewall support service. The service, which forms part of Softcat’s growing managed services security portfolio, offers clients proactive availability monitoring and protection against malicious attacks over the Internet.

Malicious attacks jumped 81% in 2011 with over 4,500 new incidents every day, according to a recent report by Symantec. Not surprisingly, IT security is now one of the top concerns of many companies. As users become more mobile, perimeter security and availability of the core network is also becoming more of a priority.

“We’re seeing strong growth across all of our security services,” commented Simon Walker, managed services director, Softcat. “Outsourcing firewall protection is nearly always more cost-effective than hiring in-house firewall experts, as it offers 24-hour monitoring of your infrastructure and gives assistance as and when you need it. Our managed firewall service customers have nothing to worry about when it comes to servicing and maintaining their infrastructure – we take care of it all, monitoring their firewalls 24 hours a day for glitches and intruders.”

The technology proactively monitors the health of the firewalls and immediately alerts Softcat’s consultants, who can locate potential attacks and block intruders’ IP addresses. In the event that a firewall fails, engineers can rapidly diagnose the fault and reinstate the firewall by managing the replacement process of the device. Softcat delivers its service from its state-of-the-art Network Operation Centre. Customers can also take advantage of Softcat’s new hosted firewall services, which operate from a Tier 3 enterprise-class data centre.

Softcat’s managed firewall service uses technology from Check Point Software Technologies, a global leader in firewall support, which is used by many of the top FTSE and leading mid-market companies. Softcat is a Check Point gold partner and a certified managed services partner. Any organisation that places a high level of criticality on its company security will benefit from Softcat’s managed firewall service.

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