Faults Flourish in Forgotten Firewalls
A few weeks ago, we answered the question, “What is a firewall?” Today, we’d like to give you information about keeping your firewall efficient.
Many companies forget about their hardware firewalls (the ones that protect your network) as soon as they’re installed. This is a mistake. Like all the other parts of your computer network system, firewalls need regular updates, and they need to be tested routinely to be sure they are up to the challenges that hackers pose to them.
Technology blogger Jimmy Ray Purser compares firewall maintenance with car care: “Firewalls are like sports cars — they have to be tuned up and customized for the conditions they will be running in.”
Your firewall should be handling incoming and outgoing data in a manner that’s consistent with your company’s information-sharing policies, not the firewall’s factory settings. Even more importantly, the efficiency of your firewall should be tested frequently with your company’s personalized settings in place.
The need to regularly monitor, update and test hardware network firewalls is one reason to hire an IT managed service provider, who can take these tasks off of your plate — and probably do them more accurately as well. Contact one to learn how monitoring and testing services can protect your precious business data.
Dateline: June 14, 2016
Author: CMIT Solutions of Gilbert and Mesa