“To competently perform rectifying security service, two critical incident response elements are necessary: information and organization.” ― Robert E. Davis
In our post-modern world, where cyber-hackers and malware, etc are rife, you need to ensure that you install or deploy the most effective network security available to us. It does not matter whether you are a private person who sends emails and accesses various social media platforms, or whether you own a business that stores sensitive customer data. We all leave our digital footprint on the websites that we visit; thereby, opening ourselves to identity-theft and hacking.
Furthermore, cyber crime includes “any criminal act dealing with computers and networks (called hacking). Additionally, cyber crime also includes traditional crimes conducted through the Internet.”
Briefly, a network firewall is a barrier or virtual wall that protects you, your computer and mobile devices from the rest of the web. It consists of both hardware and software applications, which need to be installed, configured, and maintained by skilled experts. It is not easy to set up a firewall to keep out the cleverest of hackers.
When your computer goes onto the internet, it exchanges data with all of the computer servers, routers, and networks while you are in cyberspace. Ergo; your device sends and receives data in return. The primary purpose of a firewall is to check whether the sent and received data are safe or not.
Reason for a firewall
The sole reason why you need to install a network firewall is to protect your computer network (home or business) from unauthorised people gaining access to the data stored on your system. As stated above, it is important for everyone who access the Internet, to route through a firewall. Additionally, it makes sense that you need to install a top-of-the-range firewall if your business stores sensitive data on it.
Many horror stories of how hackers have hacked into numerous corporation’s servers and stolen sensitive customer data such as social security numbers and banking details. An example that springs to mind is when Russian hackers hacked Yahoo’s servers in 2013. According to the company, the hackers stole over 13 billion users’ personal information such as names, passwords, contact details, and answers to security questions.
There are firewall specialist companies who provide managed services in Ottawa, and they will supply you and your business with computer, network, server, and firewall onsite support. These companies employ highly-skilled and knowledgeable technicians who can provide a turnkey service, tailor-made to suit your unique business requirements.
Unfortunately, there are many incidents where cyber criminals gain access to sensitive data because companies and private individuals are too relaxed about data security and protection. Hopefully, this article has proven how important it is to make sure that you are using a firewall when you access the computer via a mobile device or a laptop/desktop computer.