How Should an Organization Schedule and Plan a Firewall Upgrade

A standard firewall replacement takes around two hours, with internet outages ranging from 15 minutes to one hour. Because the installation takes place during business hours, you may want to schedule it for the time that will cause the least amount of disturbance to your operations. Companies offering IT services for government contractors provide flexibility in scheduling and rescheduling firewall upgrades.

You’ll also want to ensure that your users, particularly any remote employees, are informed ahead of the upgrade. It’s also a good thing to give out a reminder a day or two before the upgrade.

  • Understand Network Load

It’s critical to know how many operating systems on your network connect to the internet before choosing the proper firewall for your company. Computers, routers, VOIP phones, security cameras with cloud services, and host wireless devices are all examples of this.

When the firewall is overburdened with more devices than it can handle, network speeds suffer, and connections are lost. 

  • Determine the Internet Service¬†

The sort of firewall your government IT solutions company proposes will be determined by your internet speed. When you have a lot of devices connected, a router that isn’t strong enough will slow down your internet connection. We’ll also need your internet service provider’s (ISP) name and the sort of service you have (cable, fiber, DSL, etc.)

  • Choose an Ideal Location For Your Firewall¬†

Heat, moisture, and a lot of dust are all bad for your firewall. You should keep it in a well-ventilated area with conditions below 80 degrees Fahrenheit to maintain its life. If you don’t have a shelf or rack where air can easily circulate around the firewall, you may place it on the wall. If your internet enters the property at an undesirable position for the router, you can extend a network cable from there to a suitable site.

There are a few power-related issues to solve as well. One may use a three-prong outlet to connect your firewall. We advise using an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) or battery backup to keep VoIP phones and 911 calls operational during a power outage. We also propose broadband line surge protection linked to a grounding bar to prevent the hazards associated with power surges.

  • Evaluate Your Existing Network Equipment

Your IT services provider will require administrator access to all current network equipment to configure the firewall and any systems on your network to interact with one another appropriately. On-premises and cloud servers, switches, firewalls, and VoIP phone systems are some examples. If you have any service plan contracts in place for them, please include that information as well.

  • Firewall Replacement Network Configuration

Your router will need to be pre-configured with your network information to make the transfer as smooth as possible. 

  • Setting Firewall Rules

Your internet service provider will make rules for incoming traffic and outgoing communication for your firewall. External parties can access internal resources without a VPN using port forwarding and network address translation (NAT) rules, but they should be used cautiously.