Keeping your computer and data safe is essential for a wide variety of reasons. No matter the size of your company, its likely that you have plenty of information that you do not want to be leaked. Additionally, the public relations dilemmas that occur in the face of an information security breach can be intense. With this in mind, it’s critical that your company use a firewall system.
What Is A Firewall?
Firewalls are one of the first step information technology security systems you can have. While there are several different types of firewalls, they all function relatively the same — by ensuring that there is a wall of defense protecting your tech. While firewalls alone are usually not enough to keep a business secure, they are an essential first step in a full data security system.
The Types of Firewalls
There are two main types of firewalls you can use; one is referred to as hardware based and is divided into two categories called traditional and network address translation (NAT). The first acts as a gatekeeper who allows or denies traffic and activity based on specific directions. This type of firewall can be useful as it monitors interactions strictly from start to end. A NAT firewall is one of the most secure and works by hiding a network of computers under a guise of a singular unit. This system allows the computers within the network to be visible to each other but not to outsiders.
Client based firewalls, on the other hand, are a type of software installed on individual computers. There are two main types of client-based firewalls; the first being proxy firewalls, which protect your network at the application layer by filtering messages. A Unified Threat Management firewall, is another option. While it may need to work with an antivirus program for full performance, it is one of the simplest to use.
Why A Firewall?
Most modern technology comes with firewall systems built into their software, but these are often not enough protection. Not only are built in firewalls easier to breach, but they are often just not sufficient.
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