How a great firewall can save your business from a huge headache

There are millions of hackers out there just looking for a network loophole to exploit. Connecting to the internet without protection is like leaving the doors and windows of your house open all night in a rough neighborhood.

And yet, that’s what a lot of businesses do.

According to Symantec, attacks on small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) rose from 18% in 2011 to 43% in 2015. And this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down or changing anytime soon. In fact, cyber threats are more serious than they’ve ever been.

DMR’s 2016 Cybersecurity Report found that 51% of businesses have fallen victim to one of these attacks, and it has cost up to $400 billion to repair. This threat is only predicted to get worse with Forbes estimating that the cost of cyberattacks will rise to $2.9 trillion in 2019.

This is why you need to be protected with quality security services that fully address every aspect of your network.

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– 2016 SonicWall Annual Threat Report

Implementing a firewall can help protect your network from these risks. With RedNight Consulting’s Cisco Meraki Firewall solution, you can put your mind at ease knowing that all dangers to your network are constantly being monitored and blocked to maximize protection for your business.

How a firewall can protect your business

A firewall is an appliance that is installed on your network to monitor and filter incoming and outgoing traffic. It can decide what data can or cannot enter your network based on a defined set of security rules.

Generally, a firewall protects your network from hackers that want to infect your computer with dangerous viruses, worms or code. It will screen out sources that it thinks might compromise, damage or destroy your files or steal your information.

A firewall can also prevent unsafe or unfamiliar connections from other devices, like another computer for example, and it can also hide your computer’s IP address, making it “invisible” on the internet.

When your computer is connected to the internet, there are many ports and pathways that information passes through, so it’s very important that you have some sort of protection, like a firewall, monitoring and controlling what goes in and out. Hackers are getting more creative and more prolific every day, and the damage could end your business.

It’s not overstating things to say it’s critical that your businesses look into a firewall solution like Cisco Meraki.

RedNight’s firewall solution: Cisco Meraki

Trusting your company’s security to a firewall demands a reliable and robust solution like Cisco Meraki. This cloud-based managed solution addresses all areas of security, networking and application control for numerous advantages in a single firewall solution.

First, because it’s cloud-based, you can deploy it remotely and enable your security manager to log in from anywhere instead of physically visiting your data center for hands-on check-ups.

Secondly, its simplified implementation takes mere minutes to add Meraki Security Appliance to your dashboard, enable prevention, and select the desired threat protection level.

Here are a few more reasons why Cisco Meraki offers the best business firewall option:

Next-gen firewall capabilities

Cloud-based technology makes it highly flexible, adaptable and scalable to any future innovation that may be added as technologies change.

Intrusion prevention

No network is safe from a malicious attack, so Cisco Meraki provides easily configurable intrusion prevention to actively search, detect and block out the worms and viruses trying to penetrate your network.

Cloud-brokered VPN

Cisco Meraki’s VPN allows secure connections with other branches that are monitored and maintained through the cloud so that you don’t have to.

Content filtering

Your firewall can be programmed to follow a set of rules that prevent access or entry of information from unsecure websites or sources, proactively filtering out malicious content.

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Malware protection

Tracking malware activity demands enhanced threat defense, so malware entering your network undetected through an email will be rapidly identified and prevented internally from damaging your network, providing visibility during and after a malware attack.

High availability

And, of course, Cisco Meraki will make sure that your firewall is always up and running. Hackers never take a break, and neither will your security.

The Meraki dashboard further enhances this solution to offer complete visibility and control over enforcing policies and managing device connections on your network. You can also view bandwidth consumed, application usage and whitelist activity to improve performance and efficiency.

Best of all, this software helps you lower operational costs and optimize resource usage by deploying firewall to multiple devices, moving your business forward to become very efficient, productive, and safe.

With the overwhelming number of hackers prowling the internet for any weakness in your defenses, you need powerful perimeter protection for your data. Cisco Meraki offers the best business firewall option, which is why it is the only firewall RedNight offers.

Ready to make the transition? Give us a call and we can get started right away.