Alltech IT Solutions Blog

You Need More than a Firewall to Secure Your Business

You Need More than a Firewall to Secure Your Business

Whether or not you’re familiar with computers, there are a few terms that are thrown around commonly enough that chances are good that you know them. One such term is “firewall.” Unfortunately, there are often misconceptions as to what these terms refer to or what they do. Firewalls are a prime example, as many believe that a firewall is the only security they need.

Here, we’ll discuss why this isn’t the case, and introduce a few additional solutions that will be needed to properly secure your business.

Why a Firewall Alone Isn’t Enough to Secure Your Business

Very simply put, a firewall serves just one purpose that helps contribute to your overall security (namely, filtering through which websites and programs are allowed to connect your computer to the Internet), but doesn’t protect against the rest of the threats out there that pose a risk to your business.

Look at it this way: you could keep your front door locked at all times, but that won’t stop the cat burglar who climbs up to the open window on the second floor. Your firewall is like the front door - sure, it may have kept some people out, but not all threats will come in that way.

This is why your firewall needs to be just one piece of your larger cybersecurity strategy. As for the rest of it, there are a variety of other considerations that need to be addressed in a single, comprehensive approach. These considerations include:

Spam Protection

While spam messages rarely pose much of an actual threat to your business’ security, they do present a legitimate waste of time and distract from the messages you actually need. To respond to this issue, it is best to implement powerful spam filters, as well as to remind your users to remain vigilant.

Centralized Antivirus

Would you rather take the time to update the security on each of your business’ workstations, or update it once and have the effects pushed to all of them? This is precisely what a centralized antivirus does. Anytime you update the solution’s definitions, your entire infrastructure and network is that much better protected.

Data Backup

If you ever find your business in a tough spot where its data is concerned, you’ll want to have a data backup in place as your ace in the hole. Sometimes, the best solution is to start fresh, and a well-maintained and organized backup that has been kept up-to-date will make the process much less painful.

Virtual Private Networking

VPNs have proven to be an effective means of accessing files stored locally to a business while the person accessing them is in a remote location. Utilizing a VPN prevents direct remote access to these local files and resources, helping to maintain their security.

Phishing Awareness

Phishing is a significant threat today, scammers targeting people via email and text messages, posing as someone in a trustworthy or authoritative position in order to trick/scare them into handing over key credentials to accounts and other valuable data. While some attempts are stopped by phishing filters that email solutions have built into them, most will need to be spotted by your users if your business isn’t going to fall victim.

Of course, we aren’t trying to minimize the importance of your firewall solution, either - we just really want to emphasize how it is just one part of an overarching cybersecurity strategy. For help designing and implementing one for your business, reach out to Alltech IT Solutions at 954-628-3770.

Tip of the Week: Simple Windows 10 Tips to Leverag...
Downtime Adds Up to a Big Deal, Really Quickly
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Tuesday, November 12 2019

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Mobile Device Managed Service Provider Facebook Mobile Device Management Managed IT Services Conferencing Work/Life Balance Personal Information Printers Benchmarks Google Maps Business Management OneNote G Suite Server Employer-Employee Relationship Autocorrect Scam Solid State Drive SSD Avoiding Downtime Operating System Freedom of Information Entertainment Privacy Streaming Media Licensing Net Neutrality Vulnerabilities Collaboration Processors Human Resources Computer Data Breach Excel Efficiency Sports Email Management Machine Learning Email Paper Automobile Current Events IT Support WiFi Internet of Things Wireless Charging Antivirus Content Filtering Database National Security Yahoo Website Tech Support Sales Update Taskbar Tech Term Leadership Internet Wireless Microsoft Teams Lead Generation Smart Technology Hacking IT budget Backup and Disaster Recovery Security Cameras IaaS Marketing VoIP Law Enforcement Managed IT Services Budget Miscellaneous Going Green Tip of the Week Telephone Systems Dongle disposal IT Services Managed IT Service Dark Data Disaster Recovery Files Gadgets Office 365 Big Data Mobile Devices BYOD Threats Authentication Government Unified Communications Authorization Hard Drives Telephone System Biometrics Communication Users Chrome OS File Management Online Shopping Data Security Gaming Console Passwords CrashOverride Remote Monitoring Recovery Mobile Security Threat HIPAA Tip of the week Scalability Employees Maintenance Live Streaming Wireless Internet DDoS Save Money Apps Business Artificial Intelligence Productivity Ransomware Safety Managed Service Worker BDR GDPR Business Continuity Phishing Analytics Microsoft Office Movies Comparison Wi-Fi Windows Scheduling Quick Tips Eliminating Downtime Gadget Bandwidth Electronic Health Records Cloud Small Business Vendor Backup Microsoft Social Media Gmail The Internet of Things Spam Blocking Encryption Settings Cables Television Ink Software Staff Holiday User Tip Touchscreen Twitter News Printer Server Printing Hacker Remote Control Plug-In Remote Monitoring and Management Financial Healthcare Paperless Office Retail Remote Computing SaaS Data Recovery Specifications Workplace Tips Innovation Computer Care Hosted Solution Computers Telephony Cabling Employer Employee Relationship Hosted Solutions Help Desk Document Management User Tips Two-factor Authentication Telecommute Insurance Video Games Virtual Assistant Word Technology Profitability Voice over IP Regulation Error Communications A.I. Managed Services Provider Windows 10 Employee-Employer Relationship Network Battery User Security Company Culture E-Commerce Copy Edge Managing Stress Search Security HP Internet Explorer Network Security Knowledge iPhone Office Tips Analysis Hybrid Cloud Data Information Technology Payment Browser Proactive IT Wearables Business Intelligence Smartphone Trends Business Computing Cleaning Best Practices Malware Inventory Access Control Telecommuting Thank You Emergency eCommerce Networking Processor Alert Troubleshooting Windows 7 Mobile Office Scams Tablet Display e-waste Hard Drive Updates Payment Cards Office Windows XP Certification Laptop Android Smartphones Google Drive Information eWaste Health Value How To Storage Patch Management Data Backup WannaCry Voice over Internet Protocol Data Management Cortana Samsung Server Management Compliance Outsourced IT Virtualization Amazon Blockchain Batteries IT Management WhatsApp Dark Web Spyware Cryptocurrency Access Project Management Windows 10 Reporting Phone System Instagram Digital Connectivity Printer Customer Service Data Protection Spam Vulnerability Recycling Environment Technology Tips Apple Cloud Computing Training Managed IT Hiring/Firing Physical Security instant Messaging Workers Vendor Management Business Technology Downloads Remote Support App Alerts VPN Outlook Chrome Bring Your Own Device Network Attached Storage VoIp Virus Botnet Hackers Video Millennials Paste Education Spotify Hardware Applications Microsoft Office 365 Data loss Time Management Staffing Unified Threat Management Mobility Webcam Shortcut Password RAM Tech Terms Hard Disk Drive Credit Cards Saving Money PowerPoint Medical IT Cybersecurity File Sharing Router Travel Productivity Automation Bitcoin Congratulations Emoji Tactics HaaS Cost Management Risk Management Money Synergy Upgrade Google Cybercrime Websites IT Support Multi-Factor Security Politics Windows Server 2008 R2