Business Firewall Software

Virtually every company needs to invest in business firewall software to protect both proprietary information and vital records and documents. Even the tiniest sole proprietorship can be devastated by a security breach that destroys customer information, invoices, and order fulfillment data. Global companies that have had their financial records compromised often lose the goodwill and trust of customers who fear that personal credit card numbers will be used to make fraudulent purchases and that they may become victims of the growing crime of identity theft. For the sole proprietor, the damage may be so great that he will have to shut down the new venture. For the global corporation, millions of dollars may need to be spent to reassure customers that everything possible is being done to protect the data breach and to address the damaging effects from such destruction. The sole proprietor or small business owner can protect the company with firewall especially designed for what industry experts term the SOHO market. SOHO is an acronym for "small office/home office." Global companies most likely will have an entire database management system (DBMS) division devoted to protecting their giant computer networks with the use of enterprise firewall software. In between the individual business owner and the global entity are a host of companies of various sizes ranging from small town firms to large chains with national name recognition. A firewall system exists or can be customized to meet the requirements of each one, though even the most sophisticated may have an unseen vulnerability for the cleverest criminal to exploit.

The SOHO market has been growing significantly for a couple of decades, boosted along by the popularity and worldwide access of the internet. Many individuals work at home, either for themselves or as telecommuters for employers who allow and encourage such arrangements. Others work in small offices with only a handful of employees. The computer networks at these firms may be relatively small, but they still need to be protected from hackers, viruses, worms, and other devious destroyers of data. However, such a network may be able to function with an embedded, or choke-point, firewall system that is located in the computer's intranet router or switch. But even a SOHO venture can involve highly sensitive information. For example, a one-person money management broker cannot afford to take any chances with the security of her clients' personal financial information. She will most certainly invest in a business firewall software program that will protect her accounts from unscrupulous snoopers. Instead of being embedded into the existing operating system, the program, sometimes referred to as an appliance or turnkey device, is installed as an addition to the system and the hardware platform. Industry experts usually recommend software of this type for businesses with less than fifty users. No matter the size, the firewall system should efficiently monitor activity, detect and block attacks, and filter content without disrupting the needed applications or creating false alarms. The most efficient business firewall software programs run quietly in the background, unnoticed by the user.

A business with a complex operation of multiple systems and networks is often said to have an enterprise network. The DBMS team for such a company spends their time managing the extensive hardware and operating systems for the entire company intranet to ensure it is functioning properly. They most likely will be responsible for the company's enterprise firewall software network. The Security Information Management (SIM) system needs to safeguard a myriad of data, including the business's customer and client information, all financial transactions, employee records, and vital proprietary information. Properly protecting such a myriad of information usually requires multiple firewalls which need to be maintained from a central management console. Like the embedded and appliance firewalls, the enterprise firewall software system operates twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, monitoring and scanning traffic both coming into and going out of the intranet into the larger sphere of the internet.

Hackers dream up a myriad of ways to create havoc for unprotected computer systems. The use of business firewall software is a defense against practical jokers, identity thieves, and even over-zealous competitors determined to steal trade secrets. The devastating applications are often called worms or viruses because they seem so small and innocuous until they strike. Just like a physical worm or a virus can wreak havoc on one's health, a computer worm or virus destroys important data. It's reminiscent of what King Solomon said: "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes" (Song of Solomon 2:15). And one of the Old Testament prophets said: "O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD" (Ezekiel 13:4-5). A very little something, whether it's called a worm, a virus, or a fox, can cause widespread destruction, no matter if one is talking about physical health, computers and the internet, or spiritual matters. A well-designed enterprise firewall software program can protect a vulnerable computer network from all but the most motivated of hackers. Recommendations for appropriate SIM devices can be found on the internet by vendors who have developed business firewall software. Sizing guidelines take into consideration the number of users that need to be protected, the amount of RAM, and the processing speed. The RAM and processing speed may need to be increased to accommodate the recommended software. The bottom line, though, is that both the sole proprietor and the global corporation need firewall protection, whether it's embedded, an appliance, or a sophisticated enterprise firewall software program.

Network Security Software

Taking advantage of the latest advances in network security software is a wise move for any business. While programs can vary, some of the areas that are covered by these applications might handle safety issues concerning virus protection, system reputation, e-mail protection, firewalls, the ability to filter content, or identity management. These programs can also offer protection from spam, spyware, malware, and phishing. Passwords, control of access to the network, messaging, and wireless network protection are also common areas of concern. The implementation of enterprise security software can help an organization keep their networks free of unauthorized access, hacking or malicious activity. Many companies have specific policies regarding employee internet activity and these programs can also help a business enforce those policies. The Bible talks about the protection and security that God can provide. "Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield." (Psalm 33:20)

Protecting a business's computer system is an important priority for any corporation or small business. Secure networks are safe from intrusion and unauthorized access. Using enterprise security software can take the guesswork out of making sure that a company's computer network is completely safe. The type of program that is needed depends largely on the size of the network and how it is used. For the home user, basic firewalls and antivirus applications can suffice, unless the homeowner is using a wireless system. Medium or small businesses need more than just a firewall and antivirus programs. Programs that are specifically geared toward internet security are needed at this level. Password safety is a key issue for any business, large or small. Employees should also be trained to take physical security measures. Some of the specific features of these programs might include analysis of trends and workflow, regularly scheduled scanning and network mapping, password protection, outgoing internet access control, and filtering to protect against threats on the Web.

In the area of data leakage, network security software can protect a business from loss due to this serious problem. While it is possible to loose important company information due to employee error, this is not the cause in most cases. Unfortunately, threats of this nature generally come as a result of an intentional attack or from an inside source who secretly harbors harmful intent to the company. In addition to important company data, most businesses keep employee health or financial records or social security numbers. The control of many of these records comes under state or federal law. Any company that does not take steps to protect these records could face serious fines it this information is compromised. Weak passwords, unintentional loopholes in security or more sophisticated methods can be used to hack into a system and gain access to confidential data. By using enterprise security software, a business can protect their valuable information.

Quality network security software can provide protection from system harm that could come through a company's e-mail program. If an e-mail structure becomes disabled for any amount of time, business will most certainly suffer. Since e-mails can be carriers of harmful viruses, anti-virus measures are very important. But in addition to the threat of viruses, e-mails can also be carriers of attack in the form of Trojans, spam, malware and spyware. Networks can be permeated by these threats, or a malicious program could take over a company's e-mail application and start sending out harmful messages that appear to come from a business owner's domain without that owner ever knowing about it. Applications that protect computer networks use anti spam, anti phishing, and anti virus technologies. Phishing is a term that refers to attempts to attain personal information for the purposes of identity theft. The e-mail is a popular vehicle by which phishing and other malicious threats try to obtain entrance to a system. By keeping e-mail programs secure, harmful threats can never reach the networks that they target.

In addition to the harm that can be caused by viruses, spam, spyware, malware, and phishing, most employers understand the sad reality that employees themselves can constitute a threat. In addition, business owners also understand the need to keep employee productivity high and monitor any inappropriate internet travel on the part of staff. Many enterprise security software packages have the capability to keep a watchful eye on issues such as instant messaging or chat activity, unsuitable file sharing, or improper web browsing. Some network security software products allow specific company policies regarding employee activity to be effectively enforced. Customizable programs allow businesses to adapt these products to their particular needs and policies.

Special issues concerning wireless networks are also generally addressed by network security software. A simple wireless network can even be set up using a home computer. A router that is attached to a main computer can broadcast a signal to other PCs or notebook systems. Wireless networks have gained popularity because they allow flexibility in location and can provide answers for buildings or areas where it is difficult to install wired technology. But the very qualities that have made this method of networking popular also create new safety risks. Some of the limitations that are presented by this technology include information that can be easily intercepted, data inscription that can be easily compromised, or easily cracked authentication. Interception and snooping on wireless traffic is generally easier than with wired technology. Security programs can address such issues as password protection, firewalls, and authentication protection. By creating several layers of authenticity verification and employing passwords that can only be used once, unwanted intrusions can be successfully prevented.





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