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Marissa Explains IT All: How to Choose the Right Firewall

When it comes to selecting the right firewall for your business, there’s a few considerations to think about. Your firewall is an integral part of keeping your business secure, so you want to ensure that you have the proper one in place to do just that.

In today’s hybrid work environment, nearly everything is connected to the internet in order to allow this flexible work style. Unfortunately, if it’s connected to the internet, it’s also at risk for cyberattack.

A firewall serves as a virtual fence that monitors all of the traffic coming in and out of your office network. Once it’s been checked, the firewall then decides to either let it in or block it out. However, there are many different options when it comes to selecting the right firewall for your business. Check out Marissa’s explanation below to learn more. You can also continue scrolling for the full transcript and related blogs.

Marissa Explains IT All: Episode 8

Choosing the Right Firewall for your Business

Transcript:

“First thing, your ISP may provide a router as part of their services. However, for businesses, it’s better to go with a business-class or enterprise-level firewall with licensed security services that are built, managed, and supported by the experts for unified threat management, more control, end-security over your environment.

Things to think about when choosing a firewall:

  1. Needs to accommodate the number of users that are on the network
  2. Should support your organization’s bandwidth
    • If you need a gigabit internet connection, your firewall needs to be able to support that (some firewall hardware may only support up to 100 MBPS)
  3. Remote access: firewall should support the number of remote users or VPN connections that you’ll need
    • If you have multiple locations, you may need to set up a site-to-site VPN tunnel to allow your other offices to connect back to the main office
  4. If you cannot tolerate risk and your firewall being a single point of failure is a problem, there are high available options that will allow for a secondary firewall to kick in if your primary goes down.”

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