Top 5 Reasons for a Strong Firewall for Your Business
If your business is connected to the Internet, your assets and data are at risk. It is extremely important to invest in a strong firewall to protect them.
Almost every business is connected to the Internet for a wide variety of services including email, search, social media, and cloud storage. While much of this traffic is outbound, the same Internet connection also allows inbound traffic. Having a strong hardware- or software-based firewall is a necessity to protect your business network from unauthorized access.
Reasons why you need a strong firewall:
1. The Firewall Is Your First Line of Defense against Hackers and Other Unauthorized External Users
A firewall acts as a barrier, or shield, between your internal business network and the rest of the Internet. Without a firewall, it is possible for external users to access your private business assets. While many organizations use Network Address Translation (NAT) to bridge Internet and external IP addresses, NAT will not block incoming traffic. Only a firewall can do that.
2. A Firewall Lets You Block Access to Unapproved Websites
In addition to stopping unauthorized external users from accessing your network, a firewall can stop your users from accessing specific external websites. For instance, you could set up a policy that blocks access to social media sites like Facebook from your network.
3. Use a Firewall to Meter Bandwidth
A firewall can do more than just provide security. You can also use it to meter and limit the network bandwidth flowing through it. For example, you can limit the network bandwidth allowed for things like non-business videos, music, and images, thereby reserving bandwidth for higher priority business traffic.
4. A Firewall Can Protect Your Business from Malicious Code
Some strong firewalls will inspect the traffic going into and out of your network. They look for and block viruses, worms, spam, and other unwanted Internet traffic. They will also log intrusion attempts as well as other violations to business policies. This enables you to examine unauthorized access attempts and other suspicious activity. Many of these strong firewalls will also let you maintain a list of known malicious applications and known good applications. They will block the malicious applications, while enabling the good ones.
5. Use a Firewall to Provide VPN Services
Many firewalls provide site-to-site connectivity through Virtual Private Network (VPN) services. Through this VPN functionality, mobile device users and users at remote sites can securely access your internal network resources. This enhances productivity, collaboration, and data sharing.
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