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Small Business Firewall Options

When it comes to small business firewall options, businesses can choose from hardware-based firewalls, software-based firewalls, or cloud-based firewall services. Here are some notable options in each category:

1. Hardware-based Firewalls:

  • Cisco Meraki MX: Part of the Meraki cloud-managed networking solutions, these firewalls are easy to deploy and manage and come with a variety of features suitable for businesses of all sizes.

  • Fortinet FortiGate: These offer a wide range of firewall products, from devices suitable for small businesses to enterprise-grade equipment. They're known for their Unified Threat Management (UTM) features.

  • Zyxel ZyWALL: Zyxel offers a range of affordable UTM firewalls with features such as VPN, anti-virus, content filtering, and intrusion detection & prevention.

  • SonicWall TZ Series: Designed specifically for SMBs, they offer advanced threat protection, including intrusion prevention, malware and ransomware protection, and content filtering.

2. Software-based Firewalls:

  • pfSense: An open-source firewall and router based on FreeBSD. It can be installed on a physical computer or a virtual machine. pfSense has a wealth of features and is highly customizable.

  • Sophos XG Firewall: This can be deployed as a software instance, or you can purchase it as a hardware appliance. It offers features like deep learning technology to catch previously unseen malware and ransomware.

  • Untangle NG Firewall: This is a comprehensive solution with features including web filtering, virus blocking, and intrusion prevention. It can be deployed on dedicated hardware or as a virtual appliance.

3. Cloud-based Firewall Services:

  • Barracuda CloudGen Firewall: This is a family of hardware, virtual, and cloud-based appliances that protect and enhance your dispersed network infrastructure.

  • Zscaler Internet Access: Provides a full security stack with all the in-depth protection you'll need in a directly-to-cloud architecture.

  • Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access: Delivers consistent security to users anywhere with a cloud-delivered firewall.

  • Cisco Umbrella: While more of a Secure Internet Gateway, it acts in many ways like a cloud-based firewall by blocking access to malicious destinations before a connection is ever established.

When selecting a firewall, you should consider the size of your business, the complexity of your network, the specific threats you face, and your budget. It might also be worth engaging with a cybersecurity consultant or managed services provider to assess your needs and help implement the right solution for your business.

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