UTM For Small Business Network Security

Network security is always evolving and with good reason. New threats to your small business are always emerging, and businesses need to implement the latest advancements in network security to stop them. As a small business owner, you can never take too much time looking over your organization’s security measures. As threats become more complex, traditional security solutions might not be enough to keep your organization safe. You’ll need to look at more advanced tools to add to your network. Unified Threat Management (UTM) security device is just one tool that you should consider putting in place to help safeguard your small business.

There is no business too small not to be hit by a cyber attack. Because cybercriminals just care about gathering data and information, it doesn’t matter if your company has five employees or five hundred. And even the most straightforward attack could cause a lot of trouble for your organization. You’ll need to make sure your workstations are not vulnerable to threats like viruses, malware or spam. Traditional solutions like antivirus and a firewall offer the protection you need, but consumer-grade versions might not be enough to stop the more advanced threats on the horizon.

Unified Threat Management (UTM) Security Device

Having a secure network and keeping your organization safe shouldn’t break the bank. While the task seems daunting and the cost of tools and implementation can add up, there is a solution that provides all the tools to keep your network secure. Unified Threat Management (UTM) is an all-encompassing tool that includes enterprise-class solutions like a firewall, antivirus, spam protection, and content filters.

The firewall acts as a barrier between your network and the rest of the Internet. A strong firewall is capable of stopping outside threats from entering your network. If a virus or malware were able to slip past the firewall, the antivirus software would be up to the task. It is the antivirus’ responsibility to track down malicious software on your network and eliminate it; stopping it from doing damage to your network.

Spam protection keeps potentially dangerous emails out of your employee’s inboxes. Cybercriminals have been favoring spam as their preferred method of spreading malware. The spam protection in a UTM security device will stop it before it has a chance of being seen. The content filters included in the UTM pull double duty. First, they blog your employees from visiting potentially malicious websites. Second, you’ll be able to keep them away from distracting websites as well. You’ll be keeping your network safe and your employees productive.

Added Security Measures

There are also other security solutions that you’ll want to consider, namely two-factor authentication and biometrics.

  • Two-factor authentication adds a secondary credential to your organization’s login portal. An example is having a code sent to your phone that you would enter after you type in your password. Hackers don’t want to do more work than necessary. If you make accessing your account challenging, they are less likely to pursue the opportunity.
  • Biometrics make things more complicated for hackers as well. Biometric technology uses your body’s natural identification systems to ensure that only you are accessing your accounts. Scanning your iris or fingerprints are two examples of biometrics that keep hackers from cracking your security protocol. Unless a hacker has a picture-perfect copy of your eyes or fingers, they’ll have a difficult time stealing anything from your accounts.

How does your business keep itself safe from hacking attacks? Regardless, IT Support Guys can help. Click here to learn more about our network security solutions, or reach out to us at 855-4IT-GUYS (855-448-4897).

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Ben Jones

Technical writer Living in Tampa, FL. Originally from Indiana.
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