Software and hardware firewalls have always been used to filter out malicious programs and prevent online threats. Software firewalls can easily differentiate programs and are typically installed in individual computers.

This means personalized updates and administration, which may be cumbersome when you have many devices.

Hardware firewalls, on the other hand, are physical devices that stand between your network and the internet. They allow for centralized management and are ideal for businesses with many computers.

However, it needs to be set-up by experts to avoid blocking legitimate data or exposing the entire network to threats in case of problems.

While you cannot use multiple software firewalls for risk of conflicts, you can use numerous hardware firewalls, or combine both software and hardware firewalls for added security.

However, with cyber attackers now using sophisticated methods to jeopardize data security, firewalls are no longer enough. Here is what your business needs to ensure that your network is safe.

1. Antimalware Software

Malware comes in various forms ranging from ransomware to viruses, spyware, and Trojans. Having an anti-virus suite is not enough to keep your networks safe. Your business needs good antimalware software that can effectively provide endpoint security and protect your business.

Good antimalware software can scan and identify malware as soon as it enters your system, remove it, and also fix the resulting damage. It also continuously tracks your files for any abnormalities for you to predict and prevent online threats much better. 

Cisco’s Umbrella and Sophos Intercept X are your best options for malware and ransomware solutions, respectively.

2. Employee Training

Cybercriminals can introduce malware into your systems when employees open phishing emails or visit fake websites. Employees can also be tricked into downloading malicious software or exposing sensitive information through texts, phone calls, and emails.

Training, therefore, reduces vulnerability to cybercrime tactics and enables employees to identify threats and handle them in the best way possible. Training can be in the form of sessions conducted by social engineering specialists, or updated cybersecurity resources sent to employees.

You can also create phishing emails to test your employees’ competence and preparedness in the identification and handling of cybersecurity threats.

3. Regular Penetration Testing

Penetration testing helps identify weaknesses and seal any loopholes in your networks before actual risks occur. It involves experts trying to breach the security of your network using the same tactics as cybercriminals but in a controlled manner.

You will then receive recommendations from the experts on how best to protect your network, given the performance of your security.

Penetration testing is especially crucial after installing new network security infrastructure, although regular tests also help pinpoint emerging weak points.

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