In the last number of weeks, we’ve all heard about the Wannacry and Petya cyber attacks threatening companies across the globe and shutting down offices in Merck in Ireland, Caburys in New Zealand and affecting the HSE and NHS. The best way to protect yourself from malware is implementing layers of protection on your IT System starting off with choosing the right firewall. A Firewall is a software program or piece of hardware which helps protect your Network or IT System from unauthorised access such as hackers, viruses and worms that try to reach your PC over the internet. Firewalls are not to be confused with your broadband router box and it’s important that you choose the right Firewall for your needs. A Watchguard Firebox T30 will give you the capabilities of blocking your employees from accessing websites under categories such as pornography and gambling. It also allows you to create a VPN, Virtual Private Network, so that you can safely and securely access your files on the server from home over an encrypted connection. Watchguard have released a new feature with their Firewalls called APT Blocker (Advanced Persistent Threats) which puts a stop to these fast moving and persistent threats by using a next-generation cloud sandbox that simulates physical hardware, exposing malware designed to evade traditional network security defences. Do your research, Watchguard have an excellent website which details what each of their Firewalls do, and choose a Firewall that suits your businesses requirements.
Speak to the team at QuickTec for more advice on Firewalls and how to protect your business from cyber attacks.