When was the last time that you reviewed your firewall protection? If more than 12 months have passed, then there is a strong chance that your business is at risk.
Hackers and spammers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and so it is important to make sure your firewalls continue to evolve and guard against new threats.
What is a Firewall?
A firewall protects your computer system from unauthorised access and malicious attack. Essentially, it sits between your computer and the internet, where it filters information from unsecured, unknown, or suspicious locations. There are two different types – hardware firewalls, and software firewalls. Organisations will usually have both.
Hardware firewalls exist to protect your IT network. They are sometimes more of a stand-alone product, but many broadband routers utilise them nowadays. Not all hardware firewalls are the same. The right solution for your business will depend upon its size and nature, as well as your overall IT setup.
Software firewalls, as the name suggests, are installed on every computer as a further precaution. They often form part of your operating system or security suite. You can configure software firewalls to your specific requirements in order to manage file sharing, privacy controls and web filtering.
Why is Firewall Protection Important?
A firewall acts as a protective barrier between your IT system and the internet. A correctly configured system will protect your business from:
- Unwanted access to, or viewing of, content from work computers
- Unauthorised remote access (a favourite of hackers and scammers)
- Messages that link to unwanted or risky content such as viruses
How Do You Maintain Your Firewall?
You will need to test and update your firewalls on a regular basis. Usually, you can update your software firewalls through regular OS updates. For hardware firewalls, however, you will need to manually review their security to ensure they remain fit for purpose. It is also important to check that your hardware firewall is connected and working correctly through regular maintenance procedures.
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If you would like to find out how we can help your business with firewall protection, then please contact us.