Your firewall is the first line of protection for your small business’s technology and data. Do you have the right firewall for your needs? A firewall monitors and controls traffic in and out of your company network, making sure that malicious attackers can’t get through.
Selecting the Right Firewall
When selecting a firewall, there will be a few principle concerns: the cost of maintenance, the cost of acquisition, and security needs provided. There is a tremendously large selection of firewalls available, from free consumer grade firewalls to extremely expensive enterprise solutions. Somewhere within that spectrum is the perfect product for you.
Though the cost of acquisition (the cost to purchase the software initially) is important, it’s really cost of maintenance that will be your major expense. If your software solution is outdated or complex, you may need on call IT support. With a managed IT systems and IT support service, this isn’t a factor. You’ll also need to make sure that all your security needs are met by the solution of your choice – no trivial task, and often best left up to your IT professional.
The Importance of a Custom Solution
There are many out-of-the-box firewall solutions, but they are rarely secure enough for the use of a small business. A firewall solution has to be customized to the company’s traffic, or it won’t be able to accurately detect malicious traffic and actions. It may even block important, company critical functions under the mistaken guise of protecting the company. Even standard firewalls should be customized by a professional who is well-versed both in firewall solutions and the company’s needs. Worse yet, many affordable firewall solutions already have security vulnerabilities and exploits that could be used against a company.
In addition to selecting the right firewall, there are a variety of things you can do to improve your safety and reduce your attack surface. Sonic Systems, serving Victorville, Apple Valley, and surrounding regions, provides all around IT Support and IT Systems maintenance, to ensure that you’re never caught unprotected.