Ever wonder if your business needs a firewall? Hackers are ever becoming swift on how they gain access to your computer systems. I want to point out that having a firewall alone will not keep your business 100% secure. Think of security as layers of an onion. You will still need managed anti-virus software (not free-ware), web protection to filter out malicious sites, and employee training to help decrease risk. Disaster recovery and managed backup is another layer to restore in the event of attack or breach. That we’ll cover in another post, for now we’ll cover reasons why a Firewall is a critical component to your network security at your business.
A firewall sits at the front of your network, it allows traffic in and out for all of your computers/workstations. A firewall is not a $49 device from Amazon or local big box store. Sure those devices have capabilities to control traffic, but those are cheap consumer level products not built for business. A business class firewall has the throughput (faster speeds) to handle an office environment. Products from Sonicwall, Watchguard, and Fortinet to name a few have the capabilities to block viruses, spyware, phishing sites and intrusion prevention to stop hackers before they reach your desktop computers and servers. Most offer a subscription service to keep the ever changing threat landscape up to date. One of the biggest features in my opinion is geo-location filtering. Geo filtering blocks outside countries which dramatically reduces the risk of an attack from countries you do not do business in.
Lastly a feature most businesses can greatly benefit from is a dual WAN router, which means it can accept 2 or more internet connections. Ever have an internet outage that caused a strain in your productivity? With a 2nd internet connection a dual WAN router can automatically fail over to the 2nd (backup) internet connection. Also part of another topic, feel free to contact us for details on a secondary internet connection.
Benefits of a business grade firewall:
- Intrusion prevention to stop backers before they reach your data.
- Reduce your liability by blocking inappropriate websites.
- Reclaim your Network and control content your users can access.
- Confidence in your IT infrastructure lets you sleep better at night.
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