Regardless of how your employees use technology at work, make no mistake – you need a firewall.
Businesses should combine a hardware firewall with other cyber-security solutions, such as a spam filter and antivirus, to keep their network fully protected.
A firewall acts as a barrier, or shield between your internal business network and the rest of the internet. Without a firewall, it is possible for external users to access your private business assets. This could be any confidential data depending on your business type – trade secrets, private customer data, or any other data you might have stored on your computers. If hackers access customer data, it’s expensive and embarrassing for the business, and can indeed be a business-ending event in extreme circumstances.
Increasingly, regulatory bodies have no patience for lost customer data, and can impose very heavy fines on organizations found to be behaving irresponsibly with the data. Aside from fines – it’s just basic good practice to safeguard your customers data.