Network and PCI DSS security made easy

The Mako System is uniquely designed to deliver a host of advanced services from a centrally managed interface in the cloud. Using a patented communications methodology, Mako Networks is able to help secure, protect and enhance the capabilities of business networks.

Services like Mako Guardian Content Filtering allow network administrators to set access permissions for websites by category or URL. Other tools, like proactive Status Alerts, help protect networks by automating monitoring processes and giving administrators the tools needed to respond.

All services are delivered via the cloud, providing anytime/anywhere access through the Mako Central Management System.

PCI DSS Compliance

Our unique Level One PCI DSS certification and solution can assist merchants of any size to secure credit card data.

Mako Networks is a world leader in assisting businesses to achieve PCI DSS compliance, having been the first network management company in the world to be PCI DSS-certified. The Mako System applies a pre-configured compliance template to payment networks, ensuring that outside threats are kept at bay with world-class security technologies, and internal network settings are applied and maintained to provide constant, assured compliance.

If your business processes, stores or transmits credit card data, it must meet a special set of security criteria known as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS). The PCI DSS ensure that a baseline of security is in place and help reduce the risk of credit card fraud, but for many businesses, implementing the PCI DSS can be a difficult and expensive undertaking.

That’s why Mako has developed a unique system that simplifies PCI DSS compliance, delivered for a low monthly fee.

For an additional service fee, the Mako System can integrate with a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) Bundle from an independent company certified by the PCI Security Standards Council. The QSA Bundle walks merchants through their annual self-assessment process, and compiles their responses into a pre-populated document that helps complete their annual compliance process.

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Cloud-Based Management

Perform network administration and configuration from anywhere. All you need is an Internet connection and a web browser.

Mako appliances have no buttons to press, or switches to flip: all device functions are controlled through a powerful software package that configures and manages each connection.

Drastically reduce the need for site visits using the Mako Central Management System. Thanks to a unique communications protocol, Mako devices can be managed remotely, from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection and a web browser. Administrators need only to log in, and get complete visibility to all their network locations and connections, making it easy to assess and manage their network in one place.

That’s why it’s so easy to deploy the Mako System: just log in to the secure website, plug in an appliance, and you’re all set. Networks can be up and running in minutes.

And with centralized remote access from the cloud, administrators can remotely diagnose and troubleshoot any network problems from afar. The Central Management System contains powerful tools that can provide information about conditions at the user end of a network connection.

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Automatic Software Updates

Mako network appliances automatically download and apply the latest security software to keep your network protected.

A key part of maintaining a secure and PCI DSS-compliant network is to make sure that the latest software updates are always applied to network devices. As Internet threats constantly evolve, so too must threat detection methods and screening mechanisms.

In fact, PCI DSS compliance mandates that all security software be constantly updated and patched throughout the year. For busy IT managers, it’s easy to miss a beat.

Mako Networks takes the stress out of maintaining and patching the security of your network, as the Mako System automatically downloads and applies the latest security configuration settings and software patches to all Mako Networks appliances and CMS applications. Using a simple hub-and-spoke model, the Mako System pushes out regular updates to your network appliances, anywhere in the world.

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Mako Guardian Content Filtering

Set limits on the types of websites that can be accessed from your network, including blacklist/whitelist or block all.

Research has shown that aimless Internet surfing or ‘cyberslacking’ can account for up to 20 percent of an employee’s working day. Through the Mako Central Management System, administrators have access to Mako Guardian, a powerful set of content filtering controls that can be used to set access privileges by job roles or individual employees.

Social media sites, for example, can be a great way to keep in touch with family and friends, but during the business day these outlets can consume an inordinate amount of time and attention. Moreover, social media sites are known to harbor security threats like malware and viruses.

Restricting access to only employees in the marketing department, for example, would permit these users to accomplish a core element of their job function without opening the floodgates to all employees. Administrators can choose to restrict access to sites by category, type or specific URL, or even set safe periods when access is permitted, like during lunch hours or after closing.

Mako’s reports give administrators the ability to see what websites are visited, when, for how long, and by whom.

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Usage Reporting

Get detailed information about Internet usage at each network location and set thresholds to help control data costs.

While the Internet can undoubtedly be a valuable business tool, it also presents security risks and can diminish employee productivity. Moreover, unfettered access can also lead to significant usage charges if data caps and usage thresholds are ignored.

The Mako Central Management System carefully tracks Internet usage and permits administrators to set alerts for each location, allowing managers to receive alerts when a certain threshold is reached, or even cut off Internet access if a limit is exceeded.

If a certain site is using an exceptional amount of data, it could be a sign of a network intrusion or malware infection. The Mako System helps detect and mitigate these threats by vigilantly monitoring usage across network locations.

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Status Alerts

Real-time notification of potential network issues, including worm alerts, intrusion detection, unauthorized devices and more.

Network administrators are busy people. Mako has helped to relieve some of the burden by issuing proactive alerts from the Central Management System for a variety of events.

Administrators can be alerted in near real-time of important events, such as when a worm is detected on a network device, when a bandwidth threshold is reached, or even temperature alerts if an appliance gets too warm.

These alerts make the Mako System more than just a network appliance: it actively guards your network and valuable assets from damage and costly network intrusions.

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Easy VPNs

Create secure links between Mako-protected locations in three easy clicks, all without a static IP address.

Static IP addresses can cost money each month, adding significant costs when linking a large number of locations.

There’s no easier way to setup Virtual Private Networks than through the Mako Central Management System. All it takes is three easy clicks for administrators to securely connect network locations and to permit one- or two-way traffic, all without requiring a static IP address.

Mako appliances have built-in smarts that enable them to find each other, no matter where appliances are located around the world or what Internet Service Provider connects them. That means you can link VPNs without any static IP addresses – even if you’re using a 3G connection.

The Mako Central Management System makes it easy using a graphical user interface, so that even non-technical staff members can select and link locations using the setup wizard.

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Cellular Failover

Maintain network connections by automatically switching to high-speed mobile data if fixed-line networks go down.

Mako 6500 network appliances and the Mako Central Management System support failover connections via cellular, offering a secondary connection that networks can “fail-over” to in case the primary fixed line goes down.

What happens when your Internet connection drops? For many businesses, when the connection goes down, business grinds to a halt.

When the primary broadband Internet connection goes down, most payment systems revert back to a slower dial-up connection – meaning that businesses must continue to pay a monthly fee to keep their phone line just in case. Using cellular as a backup removes the ongoing cost of a leased dedicated phone line, and delivers faster backup connection speeds.

All it takes is a SIM card and cellular connection, and your business is safe from intermittent outages.

Mako appliances continuously check the health of their cellular connection, so that if the primary connection fails, the appliance can automatically switch over. When the primary line returns again, the Mako automatically switches back – along with all the Mako VPNs.

In locations where fixed-line access is not available, or in more remote locations, Mako appliances with cellular can be configured to operate solely by wireless.

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Mako offers activation of up to four private or guest Wi-Fi networks per site. Whether you have one, 10 or 10,000 locations, Mako’s Wi-Fi networking capabilities are simple to set up, highly reliable and centrally managed.

Mako’s Wi-Fi has also been certified under the PCI DSS, enabling retailers to transmit and process credit card data.

Wi-Fi is included as a standard in the award-winning Mako 6500 series network appliances and can be implemented in minutes without professional installers or additional hardware.

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