Blog - General Informatics
‘Tis the Season

As we enter the height of the holiday season, now is an excellent time to take advantage of the downtime and evaluate or upgrade your firewall.

With the rise of Ransomware and other threats, having the right firewall is vital your network security. A firewall is a combination of both hardware and software designed to prevent unauthorized access to your network from the Internet as well as control what computers on your network may send there.  The devices range in functionality and price depending on your needs (i.e., the size of your network, regulatory compliance requirements, and the need for sophisticated monitoring and reporting).

Businesses of all sizes, from the SMB to the enterprise level are at risk without the appropriate security measures.  Because of this, firewall technology has also advanced with many features.  A good example is SonicWALL’s range of next-gen firewalls, which consolidate intrusion prevention by including gateway anti-virus and anti-spyware, network-based malware protection, application intelligence and control and VPN protection.

The key is not just to say, “My network includes a firewall!”, but to find the right fit for your business.  If you have a consumer-grade firewall protecting your 10-plus user network and you maintain sensitive data, you are more-than-likely not secure.  If your firewall’s firmware has not been updated for some time, you may be at risk.  Would you pass a security audit if your industry requires you to be periodically reviewed?

So, while you’ve got a few weeks to slow things down and plan for next year, conduct an assessment of your business’ security layers (hardware and software) with respect to current needs and future growth.  Is your business really protected?