Many people think that only large corporations need protection from cyber-attacks, but the truth is hackers can attack everyone, regardless of company size. Small businesses usually get targeted more frequently than bigger companies because hackers assume they don’t have the right hardware protection in place, which unfortunately is all too often the case. That’s where hardware firewalls come in, which check everything that goes in and out of the network to be sure that it’s safe and not malicious.
The Difference between Hardware and Software Firewalls
Software firewalls work in a less robust way than hardware firewalls and require installation on each device to operate. Hardware firewalls work more efficiently and are completely dedicated to the task of protecting your data with antivirus software, antispyware, intrusion prevention, application control, and network access control. Essentially, hardware firewalls are a lot like an onion – the more layers of protection, the better. Some of the layers of hardware firewalls include:
- Anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-malware, and intrusion protection: Focus on scanning your network’s incoming traffic for threats, and block entrance before they reach your servers.
- Content filtering: Sets policies to restrict access to certain sites as your staff could easily put your network at risk by browsing to inappropriate content on the web.
- Application intelligence: Sets policies around how you use applications, what you can download, and what qualifies as malicious.
- VPN: One of the most useful features that enables staff to log into the database from HomeShare and view files as if they were in the office.
The number of cyberattacks grow every year with nearly one million forms of malware released each day. This could cost your company hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially even put you out of business if your network is not protected. Thus, it’s important to lock up your sensitive data with the best protection in network firewall security. With a hardware firewall in place, you can defend against such attacks and threats right away. Not only does a hardware firewall defend data from attacks, but it also protects the entire computer network from cyber threats around the clock.
Renew Firewall Licensing and Support
It’s critical that your firewall remains current and capable of serving its purpose. Therefore, you must make sure to renew the firewall vendor licensing and support yearly. Some managed service providers may offer “FWaaS,” (Firewall as a Service), which will take care of all firewall needs including licensing renewals, security updates and VPN configuration. By making your firewall’s health a priority, you will be in a much better position to keep your network secure and your business thriving.
Ask an IT Professional to Help Install Hardware Firewalls
At Key Tech Services we have the unique ability to provide a setup and maintenance service for your hardware firewall needs. Our dedicated IT professionals uses the latest technology to help ensure that your network stands the test of time. Get in touch with us by calling (866) 560-9690 to get the protection your small business needs both now and into the future. Our 24-hour live support center is always here to help with any questions you may have.