#1 Security Issue for Your Business is a Strong Firewall

You may have antivirus software installed on your company’s computers, but antivirus software alone is not sufficient to protect your company’s vital data against unauthorized access and attacks. Adding antimalware and antispyware provide additional protection to your company’s security fabric, but there is still more you can do. The old adage: the best defense is a good offense applies directly to cyber protection. And one of the best means of employing a good cyber offense against malware and spying is a robust, next gen firewall.

Antivirus software, antimalware, and antispyware are all designed to repel attacks against your company’s data – and that’s important. However, a firewall prevents unauthorized access from taking place at all. A firewall can prevent outside computers from accessing computers inside the network. It can also prevent employees from sending sensitive data outside the network. It can even be programmed to prevent access to certain websites. A firewall can and should be installed alongside your company’s antivirus and other security software to provide maximum cyber security. However, all firewalls are not created equal. Old school firewalls are not up to the task of rapidly evolving cyber threats.

However, even the best firewall can be defeated by careless surfing and email practices. Educating your company’s employees on cyber security is just as important as installing and maintaining a robust suite of security software. Ensure that everyone in your company follows common sense guidelines, such as refraining from clicking on suspicious links or attachments in email messages or surfing sketchy or illegal websites.

A BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment presents special security risks. Establishing and enforcing a minimum set of equipment specifications for BYOD devices used by employees is a must. In addition, employees must be required to install and maintain current security software on their devices. Employees who fail to do so should – at minimum – have their devices locked out of the company’s shared communications.

Access Technologies takes the time to learn about your business, identify your company’s needs, and decipher the threats you face so that we have a clear understanding of your needs. It’s our business to stay on top of constantly changing rules as well as the larger cybersecurity landscape. Give Access Technologies a call at 505-938-3945, and we’ll work with your company to implement a continuous threat mitigation plan.


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