IT security solutions provider Integralis has launched a firewall configuration assessment service.

According to Integralis, the assessment service identifies deviations from best practise, mis-configurations and redundant and conflicting rules within an organisation's firewalls. It provides visibility into how the firewall is operating, the current software that is deployed and its configuration and how this compares to best practises.

The company claimed a typical assessment service takes five to ten days. Following the assessment and full examination of the firewall systems, Integralis consultants provide a full report with recommendations and the best practices and industry standards to which they relate.

Alastair Broom, solutions director at Integralis, said: “We examine the firewall environment and offer an independent assessment of how it has been configured and make expert recommendations for how the organisation can mitigate risk and improve the efficiency of its firewalls.”

Garry Sidaway, director of security strategy at Integralis, said: “The firewall is the organisation's first line of defence and is still its most important one. The consumerisation of IT, data centre consolidation and the proliferation of web applications have created a mass of differing configurations and rules, many redundant and conflicting.

“Organisations facing these demands need to have a clear overview of their current firewall performance and risk profile, so that they can understand what they need to do to reduce vulnerabilities and manage complexity as their firewalls develop.”