Limitations Of a Firewall
A firewall’s essential function is to allow and deny data packets by determining the source IP address of incoming packets, the destination IP addresses, type of Internet Protocols (IP) the packet may contain and to provide various routing capabilities. Simply put, a firewall controls incoming and outgoing network traffic.
Once a firewall was considered a high level of protection against intruders, however as our reliance on data has increased, so has its attraction to hackers. Current best business practices consider a firewall the minimum level of security, which means it shouldn’t be your sole area of defense. It is simply no longer uncommon for hackers to circumvent firewalls to access data.
Sure, there are ‘hacker’ utilities to sniff out vulnerabilities in your firewall, but the most common method to gain access to your network is by merely asking for it. All it takes is a team member to click on an unsavory link or phishing email, and just like that, a hacker is granted access to your network, your data, and your business.
Increasing the Layers Of Protection
To raise your security to the level it needs to be to defend itself, you need to go beyond just a firewall and virus protection. You need to invest in more robust security measures including Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), Web Application Firewalls (WAFs), keeping current with patching vulnerabilities, strong encryption, and of course antivirus and malware prevention.
Now you can research, implement, manage and monitor an ever-increasing number of hardware and software products, protocols, and updates to maintain your security. Moreover, you have to ensure they can all communicate with each other without conflict, as a break in communication will lead to the breach in security, placing your organization at risk.
Or you can invest in a Unified Threat Management system (UTM), which provides a multifaceted solution that includes many network security essentials.
More Than a Firewall
Simplicity disguises the incredible power and utility a UTM processes. A UTM can replace traditional multi-application solution and be configured to provide a wide range of security functions including:
- Email Security (Email Scanners)
- URL filtering (web proxy)
- Wireless Security
- Web Application Firewall (Next Generation Firewall with application intelligence)
- Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
- Malware and intrusion prevention
- Protection against internal and external attacks (DoS)
- Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) with Sandbox testing
Take a moment to consider the number of resources your business would need to invest in to support the separate applications and hardware required to reproduce what a UTM can provide in one device.
Benefits Of Using a UTM
- One vendor means one point of contact, one license and a higher level of support
- Ease of configuration, simplified management including patching for new exploits
- Upgrade pathways - allowing your UTM to grow with your business
- Lower overall expenses due to a consolidation of hardware
If your organization is currently using a patchwork of devices and software from different vendors and find your team is spending more and more time trying to keep intruders out, a UTM may be the answer. A UTM provides a comprehensive, nimble and cost-effective network security solution for any size business.
Call KT Connections today at 605-341-3873 to learn more about the benefits of a UTM and how it can help protect your business, reduce expenses and ensure the continued growth of your business.