Routers & Firewalls
Every business location needs a router and can benefit from a firewall.
Protecting Your Network from Cyber Threats
In today’s connected world, IT networks are critical to the success of any organisation. However, IT networks are also vulnerable to cyber threats such as hacking, malware, and data breaches. That’s why it’s important to protect your network with routers and firewalls.
What is a Router?
A router is a device that forwards data packets between computer networks. Routers are used to connect computers, servers, and other devices to create a network. They help direct traffic on a network, ensuring that data packets are delivered to the correct destination.
What is a Firewall?
A firewall is a security device that monitors and controls incoming and outgoing network traffic. Firewalls are used to protect networks from unauthorised access, malware, and other cyber threats. They work by inspecting data packets and blocking or allowing traffic based on defined security policies.
The Benefits of Routers and Firewalls
Routers and firewalls offer several benefits, including:
- Improved network security: Routers and firewalls help protect your network from cyber threats, reducing the risk of data breaches and malware attacks.
- Improved network performance: By directing traffic on a network, routers can improve network performance and reduce the risk of network congestion.
- Better network management: Routers and firewalls provide a central point of control for managing network traffic, making it easier to monitor and control network activity.
- Cost savings: By reducing the risk of data breaches and malware attacks, routers and firewalls can help organisations save on the cost of IT support and maintenance.
Choosing the Right Routers and Firewalls for Your Network
To get the most from your routers and firewalls, it is important to choose the right devices for your network, taking into account the size and complexity of your network and the level of security required. Some factors to consider include:
- Network size: Choose routers and firewalls that are designed to meet the needs of your network, taking into account the number of devices and users on your network.
- Network security: Consider the level of security required for your network, taking into account the type of data being transmitted and the level of risk.
- Management and control: Choose routers and firewalls that provide the level of management and control required for your network, including monitoring and reporting features.
- Cost: Consider the cost of routers and firewalls, taking into account the features and capabilities required for your network.
With a firewall managed by Apex IT you can have peace of mind that everything has been configured correctly to give you maximum security.
Sometimes the security risk may not be on the outside of the business. With Apex IT managed network equipment we can separate critical devices on their own network to prevent risk from other devices. For example, a user’s laptop that has been infected unknowingly could be brought into the office and connected to the network. This could be a security risk and where possible, critical devices such as fire alarm systems should be separated logically to prevent devices such as user laptops being able to communicate with them.
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