The Nine Steps To Total Business Security
Total network security requires nine basic elements. The firewall is the foundation of your business’ secure network, blocking unauthorized outside access. A firewall alone, however, cannot protect your network from all viruses, spyware, and internal attacks. Your network security must also include anti-virus protection, content filtering, intrusion prevention, mobile security, and wireless security. For a small business, managing these nine key elements can be time-consuming and confusing, yet they are imperative for a business network to operate without unwanted interruption of service (and security risks).
How AGJ’s Managed Firewall Service Addresses The Nine Steps
Managed Firewall (Included)
Without a firewall, your computers and data are accessible to anyone on the Internet. This leaves your network open to hackers and valuable data could be stolen, changed, or lost. A firewall is a barrier to keep destructive forces away from your network. It filters information coming through your internet connection and blocks material that is flagged by the firewall. Connectivity and constant access to critical data is ensured. A firewall will protect every connection to the Internet and is fundamental for a secure network.
You may be thinking “Hey, I already have a firewall.” That may be true…but when was it last updated. Like good antivirus software, a good firewall should be updated EVERY DAY!
Intrusion Prevention Service (Included)
Computer hackers are becoming more sophisticated in their attempts to breach business networks and have wreaked havoc worldwide. Firewalls block specific ranges of IP addresses and while this is still the best overall solution, our Intrusion Prevention Service offers the most complete protection from malicious attempts to access your network. It more thoroughly investigates network traffic by examining information to defend against both internal and external attacks. This information can then be used to make further improvements in security and remedy internal problems.
Reporting and Updates (Included)
Regular updates are a necessity when it comes to network protection. Hackers never sleep, and that means your network security equipment should be updated at least daily to keep up with the latest security threats. Without regular updates, you may only be protected from yesterday’s threats.
Layered Anti-Virus Protection (Optional)
Viruses are destructive programs that attach themselves to your applications and files and can quickly damage or destroy your most valuable data. To have a secure network, you must have anti-virus software installed on your firewall system (and your computers). If your company uses e-mail, viruses and spam may still be able to get through a basic firewall. When installed at the firewall-level, anti-virus protection eliminates employee responsibility for updates and ensures the most up-to-date protection is installed across your entire network. This configuration allows antivirus software to run on the computers AND the firewall.
Content Filtering (Optional)
Content Filtering takes the protection of your firewall further. A firewall restricts access to the Internet by the selection of ranges of IP addresses that are allowed or banned. Content filtering allows you to choose specific subjects, titles, categories, or even words to restrict what kind of material is accessible on your network. Content filtering can be used to block access to sites containing sexual material, violence, intolerance, drugs, illegal gambling, auction sites, or any material deemed inappropriate in a professional work environment.
Antispam/Mail Protection (Optional)
Spammers have become more ingenious in their abilities to access personal and confidential material from your computers. We’re seen an increase in the number of serious threats passed through email (e.g. CryptoLocker and CryptoWall). Our antispam and mail protection services can be run from the managed firewall and will block harmful email and email attachments from ever reaching your computers. It also inspects traffic for spyware and other known vulnerabilities such as worms and Trojans.
MDM – Mobile Device Management (Optional)
If you’re like most businesses, your staff access company email (and maybe even files) on their smartphones and tablets. Do you have a plan if these devices are lost or stolen? Our Mobile Device Management gives you the ability to remotely manage and erase mobile devices if they’re ever lost or stolen.
Secure Wireless (Optional)
How secure is your wireless network? We’ve heard of more than one business with major security problems related to their wireless network. Can someone park outside your building at night and access your wireless network? Do you allow guests to access your network? How often do you change your wireless security passwords? Our secure wireless service addresses all of these concerns.
Data Backup (Optional)
Think of data backups as your insurance policy. We recommend hourly, image-based backups which are stored onsite and offsite for the best level of protection. Are you currently getting this? If so, are you performing regular test restores to make sure your backups are viable? Our Data Backup Service provides around the clock backups with image-based copies stored locally and securely offsite. We even test them by running test restores.
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