Why A UTM Firewall Is Beneficial For SMBs

If you are an SMB (Small to Medium-sized Business), do you know when the last time you upgraded your firewall protection was? A major risk that threatens all businesses both large and small are digital threats such as malware, viruses and hackers. Whether it is sensitive company, client or staff information being stolen or encrypted, a virus wreaking having on the network or phishing emails, just one successful digital attack can bring your entire business to a standstill. 

This is why businesses choose to partner with a managed IT service provider such as Intellect IT to assess, optimise and monitor their IT infrastructure. If it’s been a while since you’ve last upgraded your firewall, then here is why you need to upgrade to a UTM firewall.

Perfect for BYOD

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) has become a common practice for many businesses and allows their employees to use their personal devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops for work purposes. Although incredibly beneficial, it can be incredibly difficult to monitor and regulate when using out-dated firewalls. 

With a UTM (Unified Threat Management) firewall, it allows you to easily create and set up a secured private connection using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) over a public network. This protects your business’s IP (Internet Protocol) address by replacing it with a temporary one. Your staff can then transmit and share sensitive company data and personal information over the network securely. 

Increased security and protection

Of course, the main benefit of upgrading to a UTM firewall is for the increased security and protection it offers. Legacy firewalls would typically filter and block forbidden packets by protocol or port, whereas next-generation firewalls are able to inspect packets right down to their application layer. This provides an all-in-one security solution rather than requiring multiple security solutions.

Unlike traditional firewalls, UTM firewalls are also designed to prevent digital attacks occurring on the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) on layers four to seven. This means a business can quickly identify and respond to new digital threats as they arise. 

Greater control over the network

The apps and websites employees access each day can be riddled with hidden threats that can go undetected when using legacy firewalls. This would lead many businesses to enforce strict rules such as forbidding employees from visiting particular websites which were deemed as unsafe. 

However, UTM firewalls allow businesses to have greater control over their network to regulate which applications can be accessed and which users can request access. This can be done by simply creating a list of websites and apps that are deemed unsafe and become blocked when an unauthorised user is attempting to gain access. 

Instead of blocking an entire website, you can even grant access to certain pages on a website that are deemed safe. 

In summary

If it’s been a while since you’ve last updated or upgraded your firewall, reach out to us at Intellect IT to find out how your business can benefit from upgrading to a UTM firewall. Browse through our website to learn more information or call us on 1300 799 165 to get started today.

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