Protecting your business using firewalls – Part 3

Protecting your business using firewalls – Part 3

This is fine but my business is not a target for these things, hackers want large companies right?

Actually large companies usually have larger budgets and have at least looked at their security and taken the basic steps. Large companies make the headlines when they get hacked, but small companies get hacked every day. Most small businesses still believe they are immune and haven’t taken any significant steps towards better security. You’re the low hanging fruit for hackers. A 2013 study by the National Small Business Association in the US showed that 44% of small businesses have had some kind of attack and that the average cost of the attacks was $8,700 USD. Small business makes up the largest portion of the economy and it’s also the largest and easiest to attack.

So what can I do?

The simple answer is get a firewall and back it up with good IT support and security policies. A firewall is not a 100% solution. It is however, a major step in the right direction and it’s fairly simple to install. The dedicated firewall is a drop in appliance with a monthly subscription. A firewall without a subscription is better than nothing but not by much.

Why does the firewall need a subscription?

In short, it’s because hackers don’t sleep. They’re among the smartest people on the planet and they’re’re find new ways of infiltrating systems every day. As such, you need an equally smart group of engineers running countermeasures against hacking. Generally, the process works like this. A security hole is discovered in a particular piece of software or hardware, either by the good guys or the bad guys. If the good guys find it first they work at patching it before the bad guys find out. If the bad guys find it first they use it to attack systems. The good guys then find a way to plug the security hole.

There are armies of hackers and armies of engineers in a constant battle to exploit security holes and to patch them respectively. The subscription model is what funds the armies of engineers that fix the security holes. In return for the subscription, you get access to real time updates. If an exploit is discovered, your business will be protected in short order and you won’t be the low hanging fruit anymore.

If you’re in a group of people being chased by a bear, you don’t have to outrun the bear, you just have to outrun the other people. If you’re not the low hanging fruit, you have a much better chance of avoiding the attack in the first place.

OK I understand, how do I get a firewall?

We would be happy to discuss security with you and see if a firewall is a good fit for your business. Fill out our contact us form on the website and we’ll get the conversation started.