Cyber security is a major concern for many companies and individuals all over the world. More and more attacks are happening every day. There are many ways you can add protection to your network. Using multiple security measures adds layers of protection. One of those methods is by using a managed firewall appliance.
What is a Firewall Appliance?
Just like you can install physical firewalls in a home or business to block fires from spreading, a firewall appliance is put into place to block potential threats from entering into your system. If an attacker or a virus does get into your system, it can prevent it from spreading further and help give you more time to remove it. A firewall is designed to inspect everything that comes through the network. Things that are suspicious are stopped. It uses a set of rules to help determine what should be allowed through and what should not be allowed through. A firewall, in this instance, is not an actual wall but it acts like one. It is a system of software and hardware designed to add protection.
What are Benefits of Using a Firewall
Besides the obvious benefit of a safer network, there are many other benefits you can enjoy by having one in place. These benefits are the direct result of having a safer network. These are just some of the benefits of having a firewall appliance for your business:
Better Security for Confidential Information
Most businesses have some type of confidential information. Whether this is confidential information of their customers or confidential information about the employees and the business, it should be protected well. This kind of information in the wrong hands can be disastrous. When a firewall is monitoring all incoming and outgoing traffic, there is added security for all information, including confidential information. If an attacker were able to get in without a firewall in place, they would have access to all of this information and can use it however they see fit.
Added Employee Productivity
Without a firewall in place, who knows what kind of nonsense can get into the system and emails. Additionally, who knows what your employees are really doing with their time. A firewall is designed to monitor websites and block permissions. This added bonus can allow you to block the usage of websites such as Facebook and Pinterest that may be taking up valuable time in the work day. Your employees may not like this security change but you will soon find that productivity will go up because they are able to focus more on their work.
A firewall is not the only form of protection you should utilize for your network and business but it is a great place to start. Not only does it add extra protection to your business but you also get to enjoy some other added benefits. You should consider other forms of protection, however, so you can create multiple layers that can block potential attacks and hackers. The more protection you have, the better. Cyber attacks are not slowing down. if anything, they are happening more often. You should not rely on one form of protection for your business.
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