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January 2, 2020
If you’re reading this, you probably did what most people do when it comes to installing a firewall to protect your business. You either went by name recognition, what you use for your personal computer or you just Googled “firewall” and chose the first one. You probably did this because you assumed the firewall you chose does everything your business needs it to, which is catch any spam and viruses before they ruin your network.
You’re not wrong, but you also probably don’t know that there are firewalls with unique applications and features that are tailored specifically to businesses. Your average, run of the mill firewall is just fine for a personal desktop, but for an entire IT infrastructure you should be aware of these items.
Unified Threat Management
We could try to define what Unified Threat Management does, but Fortinet already put it so eloquently:
“Unified threat management (UTM) consolidates multiple security and networking functions all on one appliance to protect small and medium businesses while simplifying their infrastructure. This allows business leaders to spend more time and resources on revenue growth and profitability. UTM also enables them to fully utilize a mobile workforce, cloud services, and other emerging technologies for a competitive advantage. At the same time, it reduces the risks posed by ransomware, phishing, and other evolving cyber security threats.”
Basically, UTM is a modern security solution that not only prevents cyber threats, but actually helps businesses adopt new technologies in the cloud.
Control of Specific Users’ Permissions
The nice thing about having a firewall for your business is that you can block certain websites and work applications from users. Unfortunately, a lot of firewalls apply this like a blanket – everyone has the same coverage.
Different employees need different levels of access on the internet and the network. For instance, you don’t want a lower level employee wasting their time on Facebook or Skype, but what if an executive needs to conduct business through a video chat on one of those sites?
How a firewall monitors activity on your network is a massive factor in how safe your business truly is. More basic firewalls only monitor IP addresses, but what you really want is a firewall that tracks specific devices.
Not only will you now know what specific devices are being used on the network, but you will also know which one was the cause of a data breach, should one occur. If you only have the IP address, it becomes a guessing game of whose IP address it is and then tracking down what device they were using at the time, with a modern firewall you know that information instantly. That means you can immediately quarantine the device and wipe the data from it after finding a breach.
For more information on good cyber security practices, check out the TOSS C3 website or call us anytime at 1-888-884-8677.
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