Why you need a Cloud managed router and firewall

Last year we witnessed many huge scale cyberattacks and breaches, including on the NHS; the media was reporting cyberattacks and beaches constantly! Cyberattacks are happening every single day, even when the media isn’t reporting them. Businesses, large and small, the world over are falling victim to cyberattacks. Thankfully, organisations are recognising the importance of cybersecurity and cyberattack prevention more and more. A firewall router is a key method of preventing cyberattacks.

What are Mako Routers?

Mako provides business grade routers to business of all sizes. As well as providing a connection to the internet, they also provide a secure firewall to prevent intrusions into your network.

A firewall grants or rejects network access to traffic between an untrusted zone (the internet) and a trusted zone (your network). It works by analysing data in order to decide which traffic is safe and which isn’t. It’s essentially a ‘traffic cop’ that grants or denies access to different internet traffic. These decisions mean that you can access the internet safely with a very low chance of intrusions.

Firewalls can limit outgoing traffic as well. For example, if a user were to click on a spurious email link which caused spam mail to be sent to all contacts, the firewall could prevent the spam emails from being sent, protecting your contacts and the spread of the virus as well.

How are Mako’s different to other routers?

Unlike most other routers, MAKO routers are Cloud managed. This means that we can manage your router for you through a portal. This is ideal for our customers that have multiple sites, and for those that have a support contract with us. We can set you up, change settings for you, and manage your router easily and quickly. You can view the portal as well to keep track of everything.

The portal means that you can have a lot more control over settings and configurations. For example, you can choose to block certain types of content – adult, gambling sites etc. – you can get reports on how the internet is being used, and you can receive notifications for any potential network concerns as well. You’re also able to prioritise certain uses of the internet if there’s poor connection for example, meaning your most business critical jobs are prioritised.

A huge advantage of Mako over other routers is the automatic firmware updates. New firmware updates are pushed out automatically meaning that there’s no dependence on human interaction, so you’ll always be completely up to date and secure.

Mako is the only network router that is Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant. PCI DSS is an important standard for organisations that handle card payments. Mako helps companies achieve PCI DSS compliance by having an entirely separate physical port for the internet traffic that handles card payment details. This is then routed only to the payment gateway resulting in a completely secure connection.

Mako and Managed Support

Here at Ilkley IT, we offer Managed IT Support. This means that we can supply and manage various products and services for your business. We can supply you with a Mako router, as well as proactively monitor and manage your network. You can be involved in this process, or you can leave it completely up to us – it’s your choice. If you’d like any more information about Mako routers or Managed Support, please get in touch.


Why Ilkley IT Services?

We help small and medium sized businesses who don’t have an in-house IT department maximise and maintain their business IT infrastructure.

We constantly monitor your PCs, network and other IT devices. We’ll often prevent problems from happening without users even knowing, meaning you and your staff continue to work uninterrupted.

On the rare occasions when things do go wrong we’re ready to respond quickly and efficiently. With our vast experience and investment in the best tools we are well equipped to get you back up and running in the quickest possible time.

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