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3 Types Of Firewalls For Your Business

by / Thursday, 11 May 2017 / Published in News
IT security is a huge concern for business owners in any type of setting. Companies from retail sales to medical practices worry about network vulnerabilities that could quickly become costly oversights. Take a look at these firewall tips to build a healthy line of defense for your business.

Reactive and proactive approaches to IT security.
Many businesses just handle IT issues as they arise. The error in this thinking is that their current operations may actually cause the issues to arise. There are two approaches to IT, the reactive approach and the proactive approach. The reactive approach is where you’re searching frantically for a cloth to cover the wound and tie off an injury before it starts to impact other things in your company. The alternative, a proactive approach, is like wearing a bullet proof vest on the battlefield.

Firewall defenses for your business. 
Pretty much everyone agrees that a physical firewall is necessary these days. Who can deny their ability to successfully block
access to your network, helping to eliminate risks to your business? However, there are a few other types of firewalls you can put in place to keep your company safe too.
1. The human firewall investment. 
What is a human firewall? Just as it sounds. It is your primary resources, your employees. Your staff is an important line of
defense against threats to your company. Make sure to share your organization’s policies around internet browsing, e-mail, and device usage with each and every employee. Review annually or semi-annually the types of issues your company has seen to reiterate the importance of security. Talk about your encryption efforts, e-mail
policies, password expectations, and how everyone can help identify risky situations. Each person in your office should be actively engaged in protecting your organization’s most prized asset, your company data.
2. The paper firewall is most often overlooked. 
Look around your office right now, do you have any scraps of paper with notes or passwords on them? Any client files laying around? Anything out in the open with key information on it for your company to conduct business? These little paper trails can be very risky exposure points for your organization. Even if you don’t see a lot of foot traffic in your office there are always some visitors or ancillary staff like janitors, cooks, delivery drivers, etc. who could potentially pick up critical information.
This digital age brings additional threats.  In the cellular world we live in today, even data left on a computer monitor can be photographed and no one would ever know the information was stolen until it was used and the
damage was done. Keep your staff informed about your company policies around paper in the office, keeping passwords secure, and locking their computer screen to protect your company data from prying eyes.
3. The most important firewall of all, the physical firewall. 
Now for the real geeky IT stuff. Every office that has computers should have a firewall network device installed. I think Clay Shirky said it best, “It used to be expensive to make things public and cheap to make them private. Now it’s expensive to make things private and cheap to make them public.” Although, he missed one point. It is much more expensive these days to clean up
unwanted publicized things than to protect your company proactively. A firewall is a very simplistic but effective first line of defense against intruders. These devices filter activity in and out of your network based on configurations that block access to known hazards.

Install a few new firewall defenses to safeguard your company. 
Many of the new clients we take on only have one of these three types of firewalls in place. We’ve seen passwords on torn sticky notes taped to computer monitors, large stacks of legal files on the edge of a desk, and even computers left unlocked in an unattended space. The physical firewalls are not always in the best shape either. Some firewalls that are not updated and have conflicting rules in place rendering the devices almost useless.

Worried about your firewall policies or device? Give us a call. We can run a full network assessment to identify risks and suggest ways to build a better defense for your organization.

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