Isle of Man News - POSTED Tue 09-09-2014

Wi-Manx launches managed firewall services to help firms secure increasingly complex IT landscape

by MT

Wi-Manx launches managed firewall services to help firms secure increasingly complex IT landscape

The recently acquired Wi-Manx has introduced a suite of unified threat management (UTM) solutions, including next generation firewalls designed to help IT teams struggling to secure a rapidly-evolving IT landscape.

Wi-Manx has committed itself to working with global leader and high performance network security firm, Fortinet, to bring enhanced firewall services to the local market.

MD of Wi-Manx, Joe Hughes says: “Security risks to IT business systems are expanding at an alarming rate. The modern internet connected business is continually exposed to the threat of attack and it is imperative these businesses have systems in place to eliminate these risks. Our managed security solution is a comprehensive service that provides round-the-clock protection against these emerging threats, securing your business, all backed by our team of experts 24/7.”

During 2013 there was a ten-fold increase in daily malware attacks, 20 million incidents involving the ZeuS Trojan, 1,800 new virus families targeting the Android platform alone and up to 700 million spam messages a month.

Together Wi-Manx and Fortinet will provide a solid first line of defence for organisations battling to contain the impact of these external threats on an IT system that now includes employee-owned devices (BYOB), mobile workers, unauthorised software applications and cloud services.

Wi-Manx will now also offer customers comprehensive penetration testing that will test all network defences and provide a full report on the vulnerabilities discovered, as well as a 24/7 expert Security Operations Centre managed from Wi-Manx’s highly secure data centre.

Joe Hughes goes on to explain: “The key function of a firewall is to protect an organisation at the network edge, securing their internet connection and controlling network access. The adoption of mobile and tablets in business, online cloud services and constant staff internet access introduces a new challenge for IT teams. Data leakage, a loss in productivity and a lack of visibility are particular areas of concern.

A managed firewall solution should ensure the same granular level of control and protection that secures your internet connection and should also extend to your wireless networks, mobile devices, cloud services and staff internet access. Shockingly, Gartner estimates that by 2017, marketing will spend more on technology than the IT department. Yet it’s the hard-pressed IT professionals that will still need to protect everything, and keep employees and company data safe from data-breaches and cyber-attack.  We’re here to make that job easier.”

Wi-Manx’s managed firewall solutions are tailored for every customer.  They remove the headache of complex management from IT teams, delivering lower operational costs and better performance.  The service is ideal for firms with limited in-house IT resources. 

The dedicated firewall protection provides guaranteed throughput (starting at 50Mbps and scalable to 10Gbps) and customisation options for policies, VPN access and unified threat management profiles, including anti-virus, intrusion prevention system (IPS), web filtering, anti-spam and traffic shaping.  The solutions are user-friendly, integrated and available out-of-box.

Wi-Manx is a Silver Partner of Fortinet, a Leader in Gartner’s 2014 Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management.  To learn more about what Wi-Manx can do for your business, visit



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