The growth of firewalls in the upcoming years.


Data Protections is a huge issue in the world we live in and the current state of vulnerable networks make anyone’s data susceptible to being hacked these issues occur within the current factors of security breaches and the vulnerability state of technology.

There are many issues and many factors that determine security procedures to protect data within the network. The current issues with IoT security, the issues with meltdown and spectre, the new bugs that appear in the marketplace very often and the advances for cybercriminals to find better procedures.


That is the reason for the occurring growth for firewall products in the marketplace. According to the statistics “Firewall as a Service Market” is expected to grow at a CAGR of 24.9% by volume in the next five years to reach USD 1.70 billion by 2022 March 19, 2018 – by Tushar Bhatke

The need for the product in different sectors is very important Business, Technology, Internet and network concept. The ability to monitor traffic especially in those industries are important. The capability for firewalls to Audit, Control, Automate and Deployment is essential in the global forecast to 2022

The FWaaS market size is expected to grow from USD 0.56 billion in 2017 to USD 1.70 billion by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 24.9% during the forecast period.

There are some issues that might hinder the growth of the market of limited technical expertise to manage new advances and also being able to embed integration of cloud firewalls with traditional firewall platforms, determining the right mix of firewall offerings to avoid performance issues with degrading and identifying the different appropriate specifications in regard to network load


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New Microsoft Patches including RDP flaw Patch


This Tuesdays Microsoft has released new patches that will fix 75 security bugs, including patches for 15 critical flaws embedded within the system that will expose sysadmins to credential theft.

With the issues of Meltdown and Spectre that have been the huge scare of this year. There are new patches that will help mitigate these issues, in addition, that will fix the current flaws in Internet Explorer 11 that are affecting the scripting engine. Windows, ASP.NET core and Office also have several important patches for these Microsoft applications.

Within these new patches, there is a patch to combat CVE-2018-0886 a bug that has come to the attention of many security firms which can be known as a remote code flaw that affects CredSSP (the Credential Security Support Provider protocol). This bug is known to exploit the man in the middle by stealing session authentication from a user that has local administrative privileges which may be able to run unauthorized commands which are aimed at the server that has similar privileges. This is an issue for CredSSP which is adopted by Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol and Windows Remote Management (WinRM) helps relay users credentials from a client to an application’s server. Several security firms have reported it that they had issues with attacks in the reason years and this was brought to Microsoft’s attention in October.


The way the bug works using a technique for lateral movement which the bug can gain access to the WiFi network and then the bug is able to exploit a remote code access from a router or VPN to gains access. The cause of concern is once an attacker exploits vulnerable router, they could also infect routers closer to the server and wait for IT admin to log in to the server using RDP. Once the attack against any machine can occur WiFi key reinstallation vulnerability also may be under attack. We all know that domain admins are very vulnerable to this attack.

Microsoft has created a patch to combat this issue and the patch is available for every version of Windows and Windows server. Some configurations may occur within the installation with this patch and turn your firewall on.

Effectively Managing IoT Devices ?

Last week we learnt about the new regulations for vendors to protect their IoT devices in the United Kingdom. By now the benefit of smart connected devices or IoT devices is related to efficiency and convenience. Some may argue the security aspect still needs to improve while a firewall can protect the devices of your network from the point of entry.


The adoption of IoT has been at the upward spiral, the evolution of IoT landscape is still evolving in enterprises for commercial, non-commercial and industrial capacity. The health, security and connectivity of the devices are important with challenges aggregating the potential of available devices and technologies to assist with the power of the networks ecosystems


With identifying the needs of different IoT device has importance whereby enterprises must decide what they want to achieve to support their business objectives and the ideal devices types requisite to obtain the best results. The importance of finding the appropriate device depends on several factors. such as remote monitoring, embedding within the network, working independent, environmental conditions, a source of power, connectivity capabilities and management abilities of the connected devices plus many more. The integration with the existing application of an enterprise to make sure that data accumulated is transmitted accurately and error-free


This is important for many business operations depending on enterprise data, it is critical the regular management of these IoT devices and identifying occurring issues with corrupted data. Also, device management in regard to configuration, performance, firmware and remote access.  The importance of security of the device is paramount. the importance of effective layers of security against external threats such as breaches, intrusions and the prevention of lost data.

A firewall with IoT technology should be to protect your devices recommended.

The UK government has reviewed outline measures to develop a new code of practice for the improvement to for IoT Devices



The UK government has recently called for better security measures for IoT devices. These compliance measures will help millions of “internet of things” device. This new regulation will urge manufacturers and vendors to implement security within their devices

The department of digital, culture, media & sport (DCMS) is advocating a 13-point code of practice in its Secure by Design review, to encourage IoT manufacturers and vendors to embed security in their design infrastructure rather than not considering the ramifications of not having security.

The only issue is the report’s guidelines are not compulsory yet. However, the government aims to work with the tech industry to make sure that security will be embedded within IoT devices.


“We want everyone to benefit from the huge potential of internet-connected devices and it is important they are safe and have a positive impact on people’s lives. We have worked alongside the industry to develop a tough new set of rules so strong security measures are built into everyday technology from the moment it is developed.” -Margot James (Minister for digital)

The government has an estimated about 10 IoT devices are connected to UK households and this number will increase to 15 by 2020, which some devices might be undermining their user’s data protection which could be a breach.

The issues for many of the IoT devices that have been created whether smart wearables, webcams and even children’s toys may be at risk of being hacked without sufficient security measures.

To prevent these incidents many of the users may need a firewall for both non-commercial and commercial use.

As a part of the review, the government identified the tech industries challenges and incentives to implement cybersecurity with IoT.  The evidence had made it prevalent that vendors focused on the quick product cycle without looking at the security issues.

The DDos has made both vendors and government look at the serious issues of unsecured IoT devices.

The government has said it will consider making the changes compulsory through law after reviewing IoT vendors’ progress within the next coming years

The Importance of analysing security procedures for IoT Devices


The evaluation of today’s market for IoT devices has been vast with almost all devices having access points to the internet. However, a lot of attacks have occurred in recent times many of these devices cannot identify maliciously written codes or they involuntarily leak personal data to cyber perpetrators.


The issue with IoT devices is many of them not having an interface with additionally poor implementation for security measures the main issue with IoT devices is they all created for different purposes with manufacturer having their own firmware, protocols, design and architecture. The security issues have been passed down to the users of these devices. As users, they need to analyse and identify key issues of their network regarding different IoT devices and be able to test them to see the component and architecture of the device can stand up to potential security threats. this may include each initial component and interactions, for determining the use of each security possibilities


As a user determining possible levels of threat and being able to counteract them without causing any issues by working out various individual vectors that could be used. As users can be able to intercept unusual activity or other issues rather than usual flow. for example, hijacking a component or disrupting a controller. Within the device, you can be able to intercept any type of traffic that enters or exits a device, whether it’s via Bluetooth, radio frequencies, Wi-Fi.


If you have any smart devices in your office or home, it is better to have firewall security as a layer. The recommended procedure would be the analyses of vulnerabilities by intercepting traffic with encrypted information and seeing how it can be manipulated


The development of IoT device management  

The expansion of IoT has reached numerous places such as businesses personal and commercial environments the connection with these devices allows us to share and gather data.

The many benefits that IoT is provided users from both commercial and business standpoint. Apart from a few negative aspects such as energy efficiency, improved safety and security. But many believe that IoT is still in the development stages, many of the devices are premature, the architecture and device management needs to evolve in many ways.

The IoT devices management is important with many factors should be considered by vendors authenticating, configuring, monitoring and maintaining the device’s firmware and software, the ability to go through different life cycle stages with an IoT device is necessary some issues may occur with other devices being obsolete before reaching the market. This leaves hardware vendor with a conundrum to probably bring third-party companies to bring the device to its full potential.

The key issue for this reason for third-party companies to develop firmware that supports security and encryption which protects these devices users from potential hackers.

Today, we still face the issues of IoT devices as a result of not having third party creators that integrate their technology. The hardware vendors or suppliers still create close vertically-integrated solution stack. Where third party developers can improve on many issues with better network access (3G, 4G and LTE) and perhaps IoT gateway and cloud services.

When developing an IoT device a lot of the components are knitted together by the hardware vendor and the firmware that may be used on the device is a closed application -layer solution

“smart luggage tag device might work perfectly well with the vendor’s luggage tracking application. But that luggage tag is unlikely to be compatible with any other vendor’s luggage tracking application. If you decide to switch to a different application vendor, you will need to get new luggage tags from that vendor.”- By Dean Hamilton,

This may be beneficial overall for the vendor but does not result in the best interest of the user. This might create long terms issues when users that want to switch vendors because they have better applications that are embedded into the network.

There might be issues when users choose to switch to vendors because the new device management process might be unlike from the old one and those differences introduce an added element. This results in conflict can lead to user’s frustrations which further makes the device obsolete because of the lack of flexibility which other competitors might stand a chance.

The better approach is will benefit users will involve creating firmware that can have a standardised process and entirely independently from the application layer service.

The Internet of Things era

We are still in the early stages of IoT with the connection of many devices such as firewalls, laptops, smart watches, WIFI-connected cameras, printers and CCTV surveillance.

In 2018 there are several IoT developments such as intelligence, and this may refer to security issues such as malicious pattern recognition technology that may cause havoc in the forthcoming years of IoT’s development.

There are certain aspects of IoT that may still need development such as energy efficiency with low power, long range communications and security integration within the device.

There are a lot of drawback from IoT devices and some devices may not be compatible with the network and gaining access points to the internet might not be sufficient due to the nature of device not being compliant for integrating within the network.

The security aspect is also a drawback for IoT devices which makes them susceptible to cyber-attacks due to their constrained computational resources.

Unlike, Personal computers which can use antivirus software these IoT devices are not able to be protected from attack and the only way to create resistance is to buy a firewall. In order to secure IOT devices engineers need to embed these security features in the device’s design.

The importance of Network Security Firewalls


The ability to protect systems increases the demand for advanced security services is necessary with the ability to assess the risk of cyber-attacks. The breaches of cybersecurity may need to adopt new methods to prevent any intrusions.With the increasing number demand for advanced security to protect networks against any attacks the ability to have a great firewall is necessary



This stems from the growing web applications that may be linked to the server and the confidential data that is also stored on the server the point to access needs to be secured for any intruders trying to penetrate the network and gain access to this data. the adoption of network security firewalls for cloud technology is also fuelling the growth of network security firewalls market.

The SME, Charities and other organisations must protect their access point even regarding connection with IoT device that does lack security in their design. That is the reason network security firewalls are needed to protect the internet and the internal network to protect organisations from suffering serious consequences with data and information. The network can be secured with the help of a firewall securing data pathway preventing unauthorised access.

The many privileges of security management services are primarily to protect data and secure the perimeter with many devices added to the network and many potential exposures creating better solutions for businesses.

Networking Security Firewalls can be segmented with many being proficient in cloud computing, on-premise, signal firewalls and SMS firewalls. The necessary use of these firewalls indicated the ability to serve and protect our networks

The issues regarding IoT safety…



The issue with IoT security is already coming to pass as many speculations on the current security factor of IoT devices. The security researchers have discovered the issue with the current system has provided unwanted attacks.  Security researchers have uncovered new malware that uses backdoors to infect IoT devices this type of malware creates a botnet.


The malware is known to bypassing authentication procedures on IoT devices. The issue caused by the malware can manipulate factors and exploit components to even bypass the firewall authentication

The botnet can execute the attack on an IoT device which provides issues with the device and allowing an attacker to gain control of the device and manipulate their victims.

the malware creates randomised strings in every attack and can be undetectable in regard to security procedures. The issue with strings make it hard for better security to be implemented and causes risk for IoT with only being the length of 8 characters the string length creates issues


The noticeable attacks have been identified in early January and majority known attacks were South Korean IPs. The issues with the unpatched version of OS for certain firewalls. The double-layer IoT protection is common in corporate environments, which can be an issue a firewall is needed as much as IoT authentication to protect devices.


“Although such corporate devices can be lesser in number, getting control of corporate-environment routers can be more valuable for an attacker as it can lead to targeted IoT attacks,” said Ankit Anubhav, principal researcher at New Sky Security.

The Smart “ IoT” Security

The demand for IoT devices in the working environment is growing more rapidly than ever. The rewards of these new devices contain a lot of risks which creates an issue within the network framework and the need for smarter security is required.

There will be all kinds of potential threats, cybersecurity hacks, deliberate acts of sabotage and other issues. As an organisation, tend to go the convenient route regardless even when they are exposing themselves, users and staff members to privacy and security risks in the world of IoT.

 In 2018 we will see new opportunity to rethink our personal and professional choices, which will help us with our daily lives. The Internet of things is the driving factor to increase better productivity and determining better practices in different industries . is unsecured IoT devices worth the risk of causing potential threats.

The growth of smart networks in our homes and businesses that are integrated amongst many devices and shifts within the different sector such as logistics, industrial, commercial, non-commercial and education. The expansion and growth of next coming years are immense.

In 2025 there will be more than 80 billion active smart devices connected to the internet worldwide.”-Forbes

This has an incredible upside for IoT the ability to have access points in many devices with integrated networks are huge growth in the market. However, with many benefits will not go without the many risks they provide. As our world becomes connected the security loopholes within the framework of new IoT devices will be problematic and the security vulnerabilities also rise exponentially.

“the issues for many of the security breaches will affect many sectors, for example, automotive cybersecurity with hackers sending commands through the vehicle’s entertainment system to its dashboard functions, steering, brakes, and transmission” -Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek

“ potential risks can range from penetrating into the ecosystems and taking control of the different network. The related attack has shown that over 40% percent of U.S firm has been under attacks”. -C Valasek

The security on different IoT devices should be a priority with an infrastructure to protect potential vulnerabilities. A firewall should still be a primary feature within the network along with encryption. Even in the design phase, various devices should be considered for security implementation. Manufacturers should learn from the issues with spectra and meltdown in preparing themselves for potential threats.

The transmission of data between devices, server and users with the communication-level solutions are another essential piece of the puzzle. The firewall serves an anti-intrusion mechanism. As well as IoT devices should also have the same level of security and impart to secure development guidance for IoT systems, including assessment frameworks and testing guides before the product launch stages cause when not considering these aspects can put customers at risk to exposing their privacy

The transformation of IoT has benefited everyone in a major way from home items to transport goods. There is no endless solution, but the security steps should be considered, and the privacy features should be as important