A common misconception for small businesses is that they do not need a hardware firewall to protect their business from cyber criminals, believing that as a small business they not at risk, but cyber criminals do not discriminate on size.
The expense of installing a Firewall can also be a reason why small businesses decide it’s not necessary, but having weak network protection can cost the business considerably more.
Why do you need a Firewall?
Firewalls are a key part of keeping your networked computers safe and secure. A Firewall is a defence system that uses pre-determined rules to analyse and control the traffic that comes in and out of your network.
Firewalls serve a number of key purposes: firstly they filter what traffic comes into your network from the outside world, by blocking anything that is suspicious from entering your network. It will also monitor and prevent unauthorised access to your network whilst providing an extra layer of protection against viruses and malware.
Firewalls also control what the computers on your network may send out, in addition it can block access to ‘unsafe’ websites and can control internet usage of your employees, by removing access to specific websites.
Firewalls can significantly reduce the risks for your business and not having one to protect your network may put your business under major threat of a cyber attack, and subsequent loss of your data.
Above all your Firewall will provide a more secure environment for your business to operate. However, whilst having a firewall will make it difficult for cyber criminals to access your network and computers, it is impossible to fully prevent every intrusion. Also, your firewall alone cannot prevent viruses or malware and therefore must be used in conjunction with anti-virus software.
How Timewade can help?
As a small business you cannot allow cyber security to take a back seat. Here at Timewade we recommend a multi layered approach to network security and work with small to medium size businesses across the South West.
Our Firewall solution provides unrivalled security, simplicity and insight. It also provides comprehensive next-generation firewall protection that blocks unknown threats, automatically responds to incidents, and exposes hidden risks.
As your dedicated IT Support provider we will take responsibility for managing and configuring your firewall solution to meet the demands and needs of your business.
Please get in touch with us for more information about why you need a firewall.