Is Your Firewall up to Code? Three Common Issues That Can Improve Your Cybersecurity

 

Your firewall is usually the only thing that stands between those who need access to your network and those who don’t. In other words, your firewall is your business’s first line of defense against major security breaches that can result in lost data, lost production time, and lost resources.

Viruses, hackers, malware, and ransomware are just some of the well-known forms of cyber attacks that can make their way through a poorly performing firewall. Firewalls that are in need of an upgrade usually under perform in the following ways:  They are vulnerable, misconfigured, or comprised of incompatible components.

1. Vulnerable Firewalls – To address vulnerability and other significant firewall/network security issues, Reliance Technology Solutions installs a top-tier network security system called SonicWALL. This appliance performs four important functions to reinforce vulnerable conditions in your network’s security

    • Unified Threat Management – A subscription service that protects your network from threats such as viruses, hackers, and other malicious activities.
    • Deep Packet Inspection – Scans the contents of your data to look for and report on evidence of threats such as suspicious activities.
    • Bandwidth Management – Maximizes your internet connection by controlling usage on a per-application basis.
    • Content Filtering – Blocks websites that should not accessed from your business network such as unsecured sites, gambling, gaming, and adult sites.

An additional vulnerability that Reliance Technology Solutions addresses according to your specific business needs is network usage levels. Their effect on the normal operation of business applications is especially important to consider given the number of transient devices that may connect to your business network.

2. Misconfigured Firewalls – At Reliance Technology Solutions, we take the time to review your regular workflow procedures in order to properly configure the network permissions associated with your firewall’s protocols. In this way, for example, the reporting mechanism of the Deep Packet Inspection will truly recognize suspicious activity as “suspicious,” instead of mistaking a normal business function as “suspicious” or mistaking a suspicious activity as “normal.” Privileges, too, are another area of configuration that often needs to be addressed and customized differently in various business settings. Privileges determine who has access to what kinds of data. As with workflow, privileges are determined during the review of your business procedures and configured accordingly.

3. Incompatible Firewalls – Integrating your firewall technology with your other business security systems such as backup solutions, spam filtering, and anti-virus is perhaps the most important part of your defense against cyber attacks. Viruses, hacking bots, and other threats change constantly, which is why having modern up-to-date firewall technology is of vital importance. Reliance Technology Solutions will walk you through a thorough evaluation of your current firewall technology and make recommendations on upgrades to eliminate the likelihood of incompatibility.

From firewall sales and installation, backup solutions, spam filtering, and anti-virus, Reliance Technology Solutions can manage of all your small business IT security needs. We understand that every business has different needs and varying objectives. You can rely on our decades of experience to help you find the right plan to meet your specific needs.

Call Reliance Technology Solutions today at 513-398-7324 to find out how the Cincinnati area’s trusted IT partner for business can help you.

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