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New SonicWall Firewall Solutions for Your Business

by Paul Heritage

If you are looking to protect your business in the coming years, you’ll want to keep an eye out for the new SonicWall firewall options that are being released. Today we’re going to share some of the most exciting updates to the SonicWall firewall collection and how their firewall performance can improve your business. Keep reading to learn about these new solutions and find out more here about looking after your business with SonicWall.

New SonicWall Firewall Solutions for Your Business

New SonicWall Firewalls

Let’s start by taking a look at the three new SonicWall firewall options on the market. These are the SonicWall NSa 4700, NSa 6700 and NSsp 13700. They offer triple the protection your business might currently have and give businesses of any size an easy way to increase their security while still enjoying the high-performance levels that SonicWall firewalls are known for. Each of these options is supported with the current TLS 1.3 encryption standard, and they are powered by SonicOS 7.0.1. They offer users a modern experience with advanced security and improved management capabilities.

The great benefit of these new solutions is that they are supported by the Capture ATP with patented Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection. This has been highly rated in various industry tests, so you can be sure your business is fully protected from the ever-changing threats that are out there. Let’s take a look at which option would be best for your business depending on your company’s size and current needs.

SonicWall NSa 4700 and NSa 6700

Both of these solutions would be ideal for a mid-sized network. They offer some of the highest port densities when compared to other similar products, which still have a lower TCO. The NSa4700 has 18 Gbps of throughput, whereas this increases to 36 Gbps with the NSa4600. As far as the performance levels, the NSa4700 is 17 times better than the last SonicWall generation, whereas the NSa4600 is six times better. They are a great option for a business that is looking to expand and scale up in the next few years, as you can connect with millions of users with ease. The 6700 has the added benefit of both 40G and 25G connectivity, which offers multi-gigabit threat protection.

SonicWall NSsp 13700

For larger businesses, service providers, or government agencies, this is a great option to help support millions of connections. It’s a high-end firewall solution that will stop any bottlenecks from forming and keep up with your demands even as a large business. This is one of the top new firewalls for larger organisations and offers TLS/SSL performance that’s improved by seven times when compared to the previous model. It has high-speed GbE ports and is ideal for businesses looking to grow and connect to a wider audience in the near future.

SonicWall Capture Labs Portal

As well as offering new firewalls, SonicWall also has a few other updates to their solutions. The one we are most excited about sharing with you is the SonicWall Capture Labs Portal. It will offer you a free and centralised location that allows you to learn more about security news. The SonicWall threat search team is known for their cutting edge news and information, and you’ll be able to learn more about potential malicious activities that might impact your business in the coming years. We really encourage you to use the research tools that are included in this solution, as you’ll be able to search for threats and learn more about what could impact your business with a single interface. As with anything in life, the more information you equip yourself with, the more you’ll be able to protect yourself along with your SonicWall firewall.

SonicWall NSM 2.3

If you are looking for a way to simplify the management and deployment of distributed networks, this is an excellent option with improved capabilities. It’s a more intuitive, self-guided option that allows you to deploy and manage SD-WAN networks across all sites. You can do everything from one place, which we know many business owners will appreciate. The Template solution will help to save time as you won’t need to use manual configuration when you are adjusting each site’s requirements.

With so many exciting updates and new products, we can’t wait to see how these SonicWall firewalls and solutions will help to improve the lives of many business owners in the coming years. If you haven’t already invested in a SonicWall firewall for your business, there’s no time like the present with these new options to fit everyone’s needs. Contact our team today to discuss your security concerns and how a SonicWall firewall can protect your business and help it to scale in the coming years. We’ll share with you the best option for your size of business and needs and ensure you are protected from the advanced security concerns that threaten businesses on a daily basis.

What is a Perimeter Firewall?

by Paul Heritage

For the past few decades, firewalls have been a critical tool for IT security teams. This type of technology has continued to advance, and as cybercriminals become more inventive with their work, companies are having to find new ways to protect their business. With so many types of firewalls to choose from nowadays, we know it can be a challenge to know which is the best option for your business. Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about perimeter firewalls and how they can help you to secure your network.

What is a Perimeter Firewall?

Perimeter Firewalls

A perimeter firewall works to defend your private network from other public networks, for example, the internet. This security application can be installed as either hardware or software and is the first way to stop intruders from getting into your business. A perimeter firewall will inspect any packets that come in and out of the network and then block or allow them based on the rules that are set.

These rules are better known as access control lists, which specify which network names, port numbers, and IP addresses are allowed. You can configure these to control both the inbound and outbound traffic. The main reason any company would decide to install a perimeter firewall is to protect the company from external attacks. They can also be used within larger companies to stop insider threats and create improved segmentation. Companies of all sizes and in various industries could benefit from this security solution, which is why it’s so important to understand perimeter networks.

What is a Network Perimeter?

The terms firewall and network perimeter can sometimes be used to describe the same thing, although they do really have different meanings. Your network perimeter is the edge of your internal network, and it is the boundary that controls what comes in and out of the network. On the other hand, your new SonicWall firewall will work to filter out the traffic that’s trying to cross this boundary. The network perimeter also includes other elements, such as the border routers. This is used to describe any type of router that is in two networks, one that’s internal and one public network. Intrusion detection systems and intrusion prevention systems are also critical for the network perimeter and will help to monitor and detect malicious activity. Finally, demilitarized zones sit between the internal and public networks. These all work together to keep your network secure at all times.

What are the Benefits of a Perimeter Firewall?

Before investing in a Sonic firewall, it’s important to understand the benefits that it can offer to your business. Any business today needs to have a Soho firewall or a similar solution in place to ensure you prevent the sophisticated attacks that are being seen more commonly. No company is too small to be concerned about their security, as you could quickly lose your business and data if you aren’t careful. One of the top benefits of a perimeter firewall is traffic monitoring. It will allow the firewall to monitor incoming and outgoing transfers of data, protecting your network from any malicious data entering.

A firewall will work to detect and prevent Trojans, which smuggle themselves into your network when they attach to files. These can quickly take over your network and make them more vulnerable to even greater attacks. No business can afford to be taken down by one of these attacks, which is why we recommend everyone uses a firewall to protect themselves. Finally, you’ll find that keyloggers can be stopped by firewalls, which are spyware that try to steal your personal information by recording keystrokes. This is an advanced solution that will put your business at risk if you aren’t careful about protecting yourself.

The great news is that there are many options on offer for businesses of all sizes when it comes to choosing a perimeter firewall. Our team will be happy to guide you through this process and ensure you are set up with a solution that’s affordable and effective for the type of business you run. We can work with you to understand your current concerns and ensure that the SonicWall firewall you choose is a suitable solution for the network you are operating currently.

For more information about using a perimeter firewall or to discuss any concerns, you might have about security in your business, contact our team today. We are experts at installing firewalls for companies and can suggest the best option for your budget and needs. It’s never too late to add another layer of protection to your company, but the sooner you take the first step, the better. This is one upgrade you’ll never regret, and it will help you to keep building your business over the coming years.

How to Set Up a VPN in Your Office

by Paul Heritage

With so many of us still working from home, more people than ever are considering setting up a complete home office that they’ll use for the next few years. A VPN is a crucial part of any good home office setup, and you’ll find that a work from home firewall offers you the protection you need to keep working remotely in a secure manner. Here we’re going to share with you our top tips for setting up a VPN and firewall at home and how SonicWall Sales can assist you with this task.

How to Set Up a VPN in Your Office

What is a VPN?

Before we go any further, let’s clarify what we mean by a VPN. VPNs allow you to work from anywhere in the world securely, and it is an abbreviation for the virtual private networks. You’ll be able to securely connect to your office network, and you’ll feel like you are still working in your office even when you are in the comfort of your own home. The connection is encrypted, so you don’t have to worry about anyone else seeing what you are up to online. This allows you to work from anywhere in the world with this private pipeline looking after your work wherever you are based.

What Do You Need to Set Up an Office VPN?

Many of our clients wonder what they will need to set up a VPN at home and wonder if their home office setup is advanced enough to install a VPN or perimeter firewall. A home firewall with VPN can benefit anyone working from home, but you’ll need to find the right option to fit your needs. VPN-enabled routers need to offer you both wired and wireless connectivity, and they can support up to ten connections. A SonicWall firewall is the best option for any home office, and you’ll find that there’s a solution to fit everyone’s budget and requirements.

When you purchase a VPN-enabled router, it should come with the full instructions and a setup wizard to help you with the process. The software will be installed with the help of the wizard, and you’ll just need to follow the steps that appear on your screen. You don’t need to be particularly advanced at using technology to follow this process, and you’ll find that it will be configured for your computer and network without you having to do anything too difficult. Of course, your team will be more than happy to assist you with this task and guide you through the process if you are struggling during the installation.

In order to make your VPN as secure as possible, ensure you choose the most secure encryption option on your router. For most people, you’ll want to select WPA2 with AES. From there, make sure you change the router’s password. It will likely come with a very simple password that hackers can easily guess, so you’ll need to create something unique to you with numbers, letters, and characters. Create a strong password that can easily be remembered but that no one else will be able to get into.

Setting Up Users on a VPN

If you have someone else working with you at home, you might need to grant access to the VPN. While this isn’t such a big concern when working from home, if you are installing an office VPN, this is something you must do. You will use remote management for this task, which allows you to create accounts and then download and install the VPN client on the computer. You’ll repeat this step for everyone who needs to be installed on the system, but if you are the only one working at home or in your office, you can skip over this step. You’ll now be able to access your work from anywhere in the world, so the next time you have to travel for business, you won’t have to worry about falling behind.

With so many types of firewalls to choose from, we know the options can be overwhelming. SonicWall offers a wide variety of options to fit businesses of all sizes, and you’ll find there are some great solutions for home office VPNs. You’ll be able to continue working from home for the foreseeable future in a safe and secure manner while still being able to get as much work done as you would in the office. For many companies, VPNs have been a lifesaver in the past year, and they have helped companies to stay ahead of the competition during this challenging time.

For more information about adding a VPN to your home office, contact our team today. We’ll be happy to discuss any questions you might have and share with you our top recommendations for the best VPN to keep you secure when you are looking to improve your home office setup.

IoT Devices: If You Connect It, Protect It

by Paul Heritage

7 “Smart” Steps to secure and protect your Home Network

A refrigerator that tells you there was a power outage — and whether it lasted long enough to spoil your food. Doorbells show you who’s at the door and allow you to communicate with them from across the country. Home medical devices that can collect data and transmit it directly to your doctor.

Present in countless applications, smart devices have revolutionized the way we live and work. Smart devices are a subset of a larger group of internet-connected products known as IoT (Internet of Things) devices. These devices can be controlled remotely, usually through a smartphone app or webpage, and send and receive data without human intervention.

In the 20 years since the term got wide usage, the number and scope of IoT devices have grown tremendously. According to Security Today, from 2018 through 2020, IoT devices jumped from 7 billion to 31 billion, with 127 new IoT devices coming online each second.

By 2020, IoT technology is expected to be present in the designs of 95% of new electronics products. And over the next five years, the number of connected devices is forecasted to climb to 41.6 billion and generate a mind-boggling 79.4 ZB of data (for reference, the entirety of the World Wide Web, as it existed in 2009, was estimated to be less than a half a ZB.)

Smart devices introduce conveniences unthinkable a decade ago. But unfortunately, they also bring a new set of risks that could endanger your privacy and your data, your other devices, and even other connected networks.

For starters, there’s currently no standard for securing IoT devices — companies are free to put as much or as little security in their products as they want. Even when vulnerabilities are discovered, many devices are not updated because their cost is too low, or there is no way to update them. When are updates are available, they’re never pushed out, or customers never hear about them. In all, IoT devices are open to wide exploitation.

However, there are several other risks related to the way people use these devices. Many users believe they don’t have the time or expertise to secure their IoT devices adequately — and that, because they’re not a large business or high-profile individual, they’re unlikely to be targeted.

But work statistics since COVID-19 has changed all that. According to Global Workplace Analytics, 25-30% of the American workforce now works from home. That means cybercriminals increasingly see remote employees’ home networks — especially poorly secured IoT devices that connect to them — as a back door to compromise corporate networks with lower chances of detection.

According to the mid-year update to the SonicWall 2021 Cyber Threat Report, cybercriminals have taken advantage of the increasingly distributed data landscapes. Not only have they increased the frequency of their attacks, but they’ve also expanded how they attack. As a result, ransomware attacks sharply rose to 304.6 million in 2020, up 62% over 2019. And the attacks increased to 226.3 million through May of 2021 — up 116% year-to-date over 2020.

While you can’t necessarily avoid being targeted, you can significantly decrease your odds of compromise by taking these 7 “smart” steps for better cybersecurity:

  1. Safeguard Your Router. By default, Routers are accessible with a simple password like “admin” — or no password — and are easily accessible to cybercriminals. Another risk flag is when users do not change the default Wi-Fi network name (or SSID), thus revealing the brand of the router. All a would-be hacker has to do is search default settings. Ditching the default settings go a long way toward increasing security.
  2. Stay Up to Date. Many devices offer the option to receive updates for firmware, vulnerability/bug fixes and more automatically. If this option is not enabled by default, turn it on. In cases where you must perform updates manually, make a note on your calendar to remind you to check for them regularly.
  3. Buy from the Best. Stick with companies known for prioritizing security in their offerings. These established brands are also more likely to push updates and patch vulnerabilities.
  4. Be Password Savvy. Password protection is significantly less effective when you use the same email and password combo for multiple accounts. If any of these accounts are breached, you’ve put your entire online existence at risk — and in the case of IoT devices connected to corporate networks, your company’s existence is at risk as well. With the advent of password managers, which assign a different password for each account and remember them for you, there’s no excuse to be lazy with credential hygiene.
  5. Leverage Two-Factor Authentication. With two-factor authentication (2FA), you’re offered the security of the traditional credential-based sign-in, plus an added layer of protection in the form of a code that is sent to a separate device and must be entered into the original app. With 2FA, even if the login credentials are compromised, the account won’t be accessible unless the attacker also has access to the secondary device.
  6. Divide and Conquer. Many popular routers provide a feature to create a secondary guest Wi-Fi access to your router. The guest Wi-Fi feature allows internet access without granting access to the full home network (and your computers, hard drives, etc.). Use Guest settings to isolate less-secure Wi-Fi connected smart home devices (and the malware that might infect them).
  7. Do I Need This? No matter how secure a smart device is, it can never match the safety and privacy of a non-internet-enabled device. Before purchasing a new smart device, ask yourself if the increased risk is worth adding convenience and features. If you’re likely to use the smart features only occasionally or not at all, opt for the non-smart device.

The network of connections created by the Internet of Things creates opportunities and challenges for individuals and businesses. SonicWall encourages everyone to be smart about smart devices and assume the responsibility of maintaining the health of their home network. Cybersecurity is everyone’s business. By being diligent, we can ensure the security of our home networks and anywhere else our connections may take us.

Why Is Cybersecurity So Important for Businesses in 2021?

by Paul Heritage

The past year has brought about many changes in the way in which businesses operate. With more companies than ever before relying on the internet and computer systems for their everyday work tasks, protecting your business from cybersecurity attacks is more critical than ever before. Check our page here for more information about securing your business, and keep reading as we explore why cybersecurity is crucial for businesses to consider in 2021.

Why Is Cybersecurity So Important for Businesses in 2021?

Cyberattacks Impact Businesses of All Sizes

If you think cyberattacks are reserved just for large corporations and CEOs to deal with, you couldn’t be more wrong. Cyberattacks happen to companies around the world every minute, and once an attack on your business takes place, you’ll find that thousands of people may be impacted. Some of the most clever ransomware attacks shut down whole cities with just one attack, which costs businesses millions of dollars over a few days. Cyberattacks can impact businesses around the world, and you’ll find that regardless of where you are based, you can easily be attacked at any time. While you may think that these attacks will only impact the senior management in your business, they could also put your entry-level employees at risk. This is why education is so critical throughout your organisation so that everyone is aware of the potential signs of a cyberattack.

Technological Developments

While we’d like to hope that technological developments would help to reduce the number of cyberattacks and offer us more protection, sadly, this isn’t the case at all. The importance of cybersecurity is more prominent in our society than ever before, especially with the introduction of 5G networks across the country. This faster speed of broadband makes it easier for cybersecurity in 2021 to be compromised. Technological developments can also help to automate cyberattacks and could increase the number of connected devices over the next decade by billions.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing offers so many benefits to businesses, and it’s an excellent way to operate and store your files online. However, as public cloud and software as a service is being relied on more by companies, these are now becoming subject to different risks and new cyberattacks. Even government organisations will be relying on cloud storage more in 2021, meaning that some of the country’s most confidential information could easily be compromised during an attack.

Loss of Jobs and Income

One of the reasons that any business owner should start to care more about cyberattacks is the potential loss of jobs and income. After the recent pandemic, none of us can afford to become unemployed following a cyberattack, and your employees are probably already concerned about this happening anyway. When businesses lose thousands of dollars after an attack, sometimes their only option is to let their team members go to cut company costs. Even companies that would seem finally secure from the outside have lost millions to cyberattacks, which cause them to redefine their way of working completely. This is why installing a SonicWall firewall before it’s too late is something we recommend all business owners do immediately.

Personal Information Loss

Although we’ve mainly focused on the concerns surrounding cyberattacks on businesses, there’s also the risk of your personal data being lost online. This data is sometimes stolen and sold on for a huge amount of money, putting your personal safety at risk just because you didn’t consider a SonicWall support firewall for your home or small business. When companies have their accounts hacked, they can also lose the data of thousands of their customers, which can cause a massive spiral effect and more issues further down the line. Even devices like Ring, which is a camera security device many homeowners are using, have been hacked in the past. This can leave you feeling unsafe in your home, which is somewhere we all deserve to feel safe and secure.

Keeping Up to Date with Cybersecurity 2021

Now that you know the answer to the question of why cybersecurity is important, it’s vital that you continue to educate yourself about cybersecurity changes. As these attacks continue to develop, it’s likely regulations and laws will change, and as a business owner, you need to keep on top of these at all times. We also encourage you to put more time and resources into training your employees, as individuals lower down in your company are likely also to be the victims of these attacks.

For more information about how we can help you to prevent cybersecurity attacks this year, don’t hesitate to contact our team today. We’ll be happy to share our knowledge and expertise and work with you to prevent the loss of jobs and income for your business. Cybersecurity attacks aren’t going anywhere, so the sooner you defend yourself, the more protected your business will be in the future.

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Azure Firewall Services vs SonicWall NSv – Which is the Best Option for Your Business?

by Paul Heritage

When it comes to selecting a new firewall for your business, we understand the options can be overwhelming. With so many solutions available to businesses of all sizes, it can be hard to select the right option to protect your systems. Two of the most popular options on the market are Microsoft Azure Firewall and the SonicWall NSv. To help you select the right one for your needs, keep reading as we put these two products head to head to compare their features and benefits. When you are ready to buy a SonicWall firewall, make sure you check out our full range of products to suit every type of business.

Azure Firewall Services vs SonicWall NSv – Which is the Best Option for Your Business?

Microsoft Azure Firewall

Let’s start our Azure vs SonicWall firewall comparison by taking a deeper look into Azure Firewall. This solution is mainly a packet filter, which in this case is a stateful packet filter. They aren’t visible in the data stream which is transported in your network and are generally a lot less effective than other solutions, such as a SonicWall firewall. They are often known to miss identifying and decoding applications, especially since everything online today relies on HTTP and HTTPS. Azure Firewall only added a few more functionalities, and it can only filter your web traffic using the URL name. It looks into the HTML header and then can also offer a reverse name lookup for encrypted traffic.

When comparing these two options, you’ll find that Microsoft Azure can only do a small amount of what a SonicWall firewall can do. While TLS 1.3 is partially supported by Azure Firewall, there is no sandbox or analysis of zero-day in-memory threats. While you would normally be able to map any part of source IP and destination ports, Azure mainly supports the one-to-one mapping with private and public IPs. It’s very limited from this point of view, which means it’s not the best option for audits or troubleshooting. Azure Firewall is mainly good for debugging, and you’ll need to manage this system with settings management. One major issue companies notice is that once you set things up, it’s very challenging or impossible to change.

If you are used to the Azure user interface, you may be aware of the issues that it faces. However, if you are just changing over to this, you will likely become frustrated with the Azure Firewall. It lacks policy elements and makes it impossible to change the names of objects and complete other tasks that may be needed within your database.

SonicWall NSv Series Virtual Firewall

The SonicWall NSv firewall is a virtual firewall that offers all the benefits that you would expect from a traditional physical firewall. However, you also benefit from the virtual solution, which makes it easier for businesses to scale in the future. Most users immediately notice how easy it is to use while also offering cost-saving benefits in the long run. It’s a next-generation firewall that offers application-layer filtering as well as socket filters. Unlike the Azure Firewall, which only filters some traffic, it will filter all the actual traffic flowing into the two ports. The wide range of security tools it has to offer will protect your business from potential attacks.

SonicWall knows how important cybersecurity is for businesses today and will be one of the best tools to help protect your company from potential attacks. NSv offers a wide range of security tools that will protect you from misuse attacks and side-channel attacks, as well as various other concerns businesses have. It’s known for its resilience, availability, and excellent service delivery.

NSv is currently available for VMware ESXi but can also offer lab use for Azure, VMware Workstation, AWS, and other systems. You’ll find that the cloud and the virtual versions offer the same benefits as the appliances, such as Gateway Anti-Virus, Deep Packet Inspection, and RTDMI in-memory scanners. It’s already been rated as one of the most effective firewall solutions, meeting all the firewall standards that are expected by modern businesses. You’ll find this to be a good solution for any type of business, and it will soon become an integral part of your cybersecurity plans.

As you can see, there are so many benefits to using a Sonic firewall, which is why we recommend this solution to small, medium, and large businesses across the country. If you want to buy a SonicWall firewall or have more questions about how this solution could assist your business, don’t hesitate to contact our team today. A firewall is something that all businesses should be using in this day and age, and it can protect you from potential attacks which may destroy your whole system. If you are primarily operating your business online, it’s essential you protect yourself sooner than later to avoid causing devastation in the future for your business and employees.

Choosing the Best Cyber Insurance for Your Business

by Paul Heritage

As businesses continue to rely more on the internet and computers for their day-to-day work, something that companies should be thinking about purchasing is cyber insurance. While no two companies needs are exactly the same, it’s important to think about the risks your business is under every day. Even if you do opt to purchase cyber insurance, it’s important to note that you will still need to take basic measures to try and prevent a cyberattack. However, it does mean that if an attack occurs, you’ll have extra protection and a backup for your business.

Choosing the Best Cyber Insurance for Your Business

What is Cyber Insurance?

We’re all familiar with more traditional insurance products, but cyber insurance is a reasonably new entry into the insurance market. While you likely already have a firewall in place for your systems, such as a SonicWall firewall, (Check our page for more information about firewall) cybersecurity insurance can protect your business even further. Cyber insurance offers businesses and individuals cover during the digital age and can protect you from cyber hacks and data breaches and the massive amount of money your business could lose.

While you will still need to protect your system with a SonicWall firewall, you’ll have an additional backup if you do lose business as a result of a cyber-attack. This cover will offer you the support you need to avoid bankruptcy and other financial losses following a cyberattack. With thousands of businesses being attacked in this way each month, it’s more important than ever to protect your business from this devastation in the future.

Common Attacks to Protect Your Business From

There are many different types of cyber-attack that you’ll want to try and protect your business from. Malware and ransomware are common issues within businesses today, and these are two of the top reasons to consider cyber insurance. Hacking is another concern for companies of all sizes, and this involves someone acquiring part or all of their computer system. As technology continues to progress, you’ll find there are more and more attacks on businesses, which is why you need to prepare in advance to protect yourself from any disruption to your company.

What Does Cyber Insurance Cover?

If you find that you become a victim of a cyber-attack, you’ll usually be covered for both first and third party financial costs. This could include replacing your data and electronic systems when they are corrupted, stolen, lost, or damaged. This type of insurance doesn’t just involve crimes but could also involve the physical loss of devices. Your business costs will be covered for the investigation of the crime and the recovery costs for the data. They will help restore your computer systems and replace any lost income if you have to shut your business down.

Any claims that are made against you by third parties will also be covered, including settlements and damages. While most businesses understand the risks these types of attacks could have to their systems, you may also have to legally defend yourself against a GDPR claim. This can set companies back thousands or millions of pounds, which is something no one can afford.

Who Should Consider Cyber Insurance?

Cyber security insurance isn’t just reserved for the world’s biggest companies, and small and medium-sized businesses will also benefit from this. SonicWall firewalls are the first step any business should take to protect their work, but from there, you’ll also want to consider your cyber insurance provider. If you are sending, storing, or using electronic data, you are a good candidate for cyber insurance. It’s often overlooked by small business owners, but it’s something we highly encourage anyone to look at alongside SonicWall firewall support.

How Much Will Cyber Insurance Cost?

As with any type of insurance policy, the cost of your cyber insurance will vary depending on the size of your company and your current needs. Your annual revenue, type of data, and network security levels will also be considered, and the provider will ask if you have a firewall in place already to protect your system. Naturally, a larger company will have much more data to protect and more employees using the system. With a higher number of records and people involved in these processes, the risks of an attack only continue to increase. Compare your cyber security insurance UK options with various providers to find the best price point for your needs.

Regardless of the size of your business, we highly encourage you to consider cyber insurance as part of your cybersecurity plans. The monthly or annual charge will be well worth the protection you receive, and in the case of an emergency, you’ll be fully protected as you restore your business and resolve any issues with third parties.

What’s Driving the Rise in Ransomware?

by Paul Heritage

See Why Cybercrime is Way Up — and Who is Most at Risk

The first half of 2021 raised a lot of questions when it comes to ransomware: Are more businesses choosing to pay a ransom? Is Ryuk still reigning supreme? And what in the world happened to REvil??

With ransomware growing so quickly in both scope and sophistication, it’s never been more critical to stay on top of the latest developments. To learn more about the trends that will drive ransomware during the second half of 2021 and beyond, check out our upcoming webinar, “What’s Driving the Rise in Ransomware?”

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The Most Important Features to Consider When Choosing a Firewall

by Paul Heritage

When it comes to choosing a firewall, there are many features to take into account. A firewall offers businesses of all sizes today a wide variety of benefits, including protection from malware, viruses and hackers. However, the number of features you need is often an area of confusion for business owners. Different firewall options offer varying security levels, and your firewall choice will depend on the type of company you own and the size of your network. Here at, we are committed to helping you protect your network, and by considering the most important features listed below, you’ll be able to set yourself up to be fully protected moving forward.

The Most Important Features to Consider When Choosing a Firewall

The Top Firewall Features to Consider When Purchasing a New Firewall

These are just a few of the top features we recommend any business today considers when purchasing a new firewall. Each SonicWall firewall will offer slightly different benefits and features, so consider which are the most important for your business.

High Availability

For anyone that’s particularly concerned about losing their firewall, make sure it comes with built-in high availability. This offers you protection if your primary firewall shuts down, as the secondary firewall will immediately take over its job. This is something that’s more important for larger businesses, as opposed to small ones that can probably get away with not having a firewall for a short while. When companies are protecting the data of thousands of customers, this is something you cannot afford to skip over when choosing a network security firewall, as you risk exposing their data in an emergency.

Virtual Private Network

A VPN helps to create a safer infrastructure for your business, and we recommend that any firewall you purchase includes this as standard. VPNs will offer site-to-site encryption, and they make your IP address anonymous so no one can see where you are really connected from. This stops anyone from seeing what you are up to online or knowing what pages you are looking at.

Packet Filtering

Packet filtering uses a router to function as a firewall, which then examines data that passes through a network. While it does offer only limited protection, it’s something that smaller businesses may want to consider if they don’t use their network too much. It will offer some protection against attacks, but not those that are using application layer vulnerability.

A Proxy Server

A proxy server works by changing the IP address and acts as an in-between for the internet and your computer. It can handle thousands of connections at the same time and is a good option for anyone on a budget. A VPN is generally a more secure option, but this is an excellent solution for a smaller company. However, you could use a proxy server and VPN together for extra security, which is something many companies are choosing to do today.

What Size of Firewall Do You Need?

After considering the features you may need in your firewall, you’ll want to consider the size of the Sonic firewalls you need. This will depend on the current size of your organisation and whether you are planning to scale up in the future. These are the three main options when it comes to choosing a firewall:

Host-Based Firewall – This is a program that will only protect a single computer, and each system or computer in your office will need to have a separate host-based firewall. It’s an affordable and easy solution to set up for larger businesses, however, it will generally only offer you the bare minimum protection you may need.

Network Firewall – These will protect multiple computers at the same time, which makes it much harder for anything to get into your system. Network firewalls run on a separate system from your host, therefore it is easier for viruses to be detected before they make their way into your system.

Enterprise Firewall – If you have a very complex system that is used by thousands of employees, an enterprise firewall is the way to go. They should come with built-in high availability and a VPN. Of course, they are going to be the most expensive of the three options but are ideal for companies that are especially concerned about security.

As you can see, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to choosing a firewall for your business. The types of firewall listed above all offer different levels of protection, and popular models like the SonicWall Soho firewall will be suitable for small and medium-sized businesses. A good software firewall will offer your company the protection it needs from potential viruses and threats, which is something that any company working online today needs to be aware of. On top of installing a Soho firewall into your network, we encourage you to also look at offering your team more training about the risks they could come across, which will help to offer your system even more protection.

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How Many Firewalls Does Your Business Need?

by Paul Heritage

As with anything in life, it can be tempting to think that by adding more firewalls to your network, you’ll secure your business even more. However, the guidelines for firewalls will vary depending on the size of your business and the network you are trying to protect. Here at, we are here to guide you through the process of selecting a SonicWall firewall for your business and discuss the options that would be best for your needs.

How Many Firewalls Does Your Business Need?

Are You Trying to Protect Clients or Servers?

For anyone who considers improving their firewalls and security for their business, you’ll find two phrases often pop up. Client-protecting refers to a firewall that’s located between the users who are browsing the web and the Internet itself. For example, if one of your employees ends up on a malware site, then the firewall will be there to stop the malware and will protect your network. On the other hand, server-protecting refers to a firewall that’s trying to protect your servers from attacks. This is critical for any unexpected attacks, which could go on to destroy your business and cost you a fortune to recover from.

Depending on the type of business you own and the system you use, you’ll need to consider the priorities you have as far as security. Many businesses today will opt to have two firewalls, one for servers and one for clients. But, as no two systems are the same, you’ll want to consider what’s needed to protect your company. When considering multiple firewalls and asking of do you need a firewall, it’s all about thinking your company’s needs at the current time. New SonicWall firewalls are designed to meet the needs of small and medium-sized businesses across the country, and we can also work with you to find a solution for a larger company.

How Many Firewalls Do I Need?

When businesses try to mix both client and server protecting configurations within one box, this is often when issues occur with firewalls. For this reason, some companies today are opting to use two or more firewall types to protect their business. Of course, when looking at the SonicWall firewall options available to you, you’ll need to consider the cost of adding multiple firewalls to your business. Sometimes, companies will pay subscription fees for antivirus software, and they find that just paying for what they need is more cost-effective than a larger plan with unnecessary features.

For companies that primarily have an email server and a VPN gateway, you’ll likely just need a client-protecting firewall, and two firewalls are unnecessary. One system would therefore be enough for your requirements and offer you the adequate protection you’ll need. However, for companies with a wide selection of servers that offer e-commerce and public service solutions, you’ll want to really consider the number of Sonic firewall solutions you go for.

Types of Firewall for Small Businesses

For companies with between 10 and 1,000 employees, you’ll usually find that a SonicWall firewall that focuses on client-protecting is the best choice for you. If you are mainly using email and a few other incoming services, this protection will be enough for a small or medium-sized business. However, if you have lots of clients and servers within one business, with open access for users, consider separating the firewalls and using separate internet connections if that’s a feasible solution for your business.

For those companies that entirely rely on the intern, such as an e-commerce store, we definitely encourage you to increase the number of firewalls you use. Each of your firewalls will need to be configured so that it offers you the most reliable solution and protects your online business. Also, consider using multiple internet connections to ensure you have a reliable connection at all times.

Work with an Experienced Firewall Supplier

If all of this talk about firewalls still feels completely alien to you, we encourage you to reach out to our team of experienced professionals. Businesses today often find making decisions about their network security to be incredibly overwhelming, and we completely understand this. Our team will be able to discuss with you how you use your network and what the best solution would be for your company. They’ll keep your budget and requirements in mind at all times to provide you with a list of the firewall features you need to ensure you have.

Protecting your network and business should be one of your top priorities this year. Many businesses have had an incredibly challenging time, and cybersecurity threats are continuing to increase, so we recommend finding a firewall solution sooner rather than later if you don’t already have one. Contact us today for more information and to discuss the number of firewalls that would be suitable for your business.

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Is It Possible to Have a Secure, Firewall-less Network?

by Paul Heritage

A secure, firewall-less network is something that many companies today are considering to be a possibility. However, the question you need to consider is why would you want to take this risk? With SonicWall firewall options being incredibly affordable today, you don’t want to take the risk of leaving your network open to potential cybersecurity attacks in the near future. Keep reading to learn about the benefits of a network firewall and how you can work to protect your business this year.

Is It Possible to Have a Secure, Firewall-less Network?

Reducing Potential Attacks On Your Business

While a network firewall is certainly an excellent solution for any business today, there are some simple tips that any company will need to follow. If you are going to use laptops, computers, or any form of the network within your business with or without a firewall, ensure you are keeping security in mind at all times. Firstly, only use the services and programs you actually need and don’t install unnecessary services you won’t ever use. On top of that, only allow access to these programs and services for the employees who really need them. Not everyone in your organisation needs to use everything you have installed, and this can minimise your chance of a cybersecurity attack due to carelessness from an employee.

Disable or remove anything that’s not currently needed on your system. After you’ve completed this process once, ensure you keep reviewing your network regularly. Cybersecurity is never going to be a one-time job and is something that needs to be reviewed according to a regular schedule. Of course, new SonicWall firewalls will be the best supporting tool to work alongside these regular checks and can offer you the peace of mind to know that your network is safe at all times.

Concerns About Firewall Security

For anyone who’s not used a firewall before, you may be concerned about security when installing this onto your network. However, the thing to remember is that firewall security issues don’t usually occur due to the technology. The firewall security level is usually excellent, and in fact, the issues occur with policies and misconfigurations, which are a result of human error. It’s impossible for anyone to completely avoid errors, but you’ll want to ensure that the members of your IT team are comfortable with this task and are trained to look after your firewall properly.

Of course, we all know the reasons that mistakes of any type occur within businesses today, and these can be applied to your network firewall security. Firstly, ensure everyone within your business receives adequate training about security and the use of a firewall. On top of that, don’t overwork your IT team to the extent where they are exhausted and unable to properly concentrate on the task at hand. Avoid overcomplicating policies within your business, as oftentimes, this leads to confusion for everyone within your company. The more straightforward you make your systems and policies, the more likely everyone is to follow them.

Supporting Your IT Professionals

In organisations of all sizes, IT professionals are often stretched to their limits today. With our ever-increasing reliance on technology, they are the most used members of businesses today and are constantly working to resolve issues within companies. When you don’t manage the policies and rules within your business, this can create more vulnerabilities that attackers can then take advantage of.

For many IT professionals today, find there are too many bad rules which make it hard for them to make efficient decisions, and these often result in issues being overlooked. They’ll sometimes plan to return to a problem, later on, only to never find the time or energy to return to that area. This issue can then remain in your system for many years to come and offer a hacker an easy point of entry. However, with a Sonic firewall in place in your business, you’ll have one less thing to worry about, although you may need to consider how many firewalls you need. This is an excellent solution for businesses of all shapes and sizes, and when installed properly and maintained by your IT team, you’ll find it’s one of the best investments you make for your business in a long time.

SonicWall firewalls offer a robust and affordable solution for businesses of all types today and help to protect your systems. As you can see, it’s certainly not worth leaving your business open to chance by opting for a firewall-less setup. This usually results in disaster for most companies and is something we recommend any company relying on technology for this daily operation to avoid. While it can be tempting to think that making a few simple switches to improve security in your business will be all that’s needed to secure your business, a firewall will take your security to the next level and protect your company from malicious attacks.

Do I Still Need a Firewall When Moving To The Cloud?

by Paul Heritage

With so many companies transitioning to the cloud today, it’s understandable to question whether you would still need to pay for a firewall when your information should be secure in the cloud. However, the cloud isn’t a complete solution when it comes to security. Today we’re going to discuss why cloud security isn’t the only protection you need when moving to the cloud.

Do I Still Need a Firewall When Moving To The Cloud?

Is the Cloud Secure?

If you are wondering whether you still need a firewall when using the cloud, the answer is yes. Cloud security doesn’t offer the protection most businesses need today and won’t protect your current network infrastructure. If you are accessing the internet constantly for work, firewall cloud security is also needed. The cloud may offer you protection for your documents and hosted environments and stop unwanted visitors, but that isn’t the only protection you need. You will have strengthened one area of your system, but you’ll leave others open to just as many risks. Public and private clouds both offer good access and data protection, but there are still ways that hackers can attack other parts of your server without a network firewall.

Protection On The Internet

Regardless of the size of your business, we all use the internet today throughout our working day. Whether your employees are downloading files, sending emails, scrolling on social media, or just browsing the internet, there are dozens of sites that aren’t properly secured that they may find their way onto. The more employees that you have within your organisation, the greater this risk is for your company. While the cloud can offer your business a secure environment, the devices that your employees are connecting to it with aren’t necessarily protected. This is a huge threat to businesses of any size, and this is where a SonicWall firewall can provide the protection with your company needs. A firewall can offer you additional perimeter security from cyber threats even while you are using the cloud to store your data.

Remote Working Concerns

Another issue that companies are facing today is that their workforce is no longer all based in one location. If your staff are still coming into the office each day, you can use a traditional firewall to protect that single location. SonicWall firewalls will filter out the traffic in your location and is an ideal solution for anyone working from the head office. However, with employees today working from home, hotels, and anywhere else they fancy, they can’t benefit from a traditional firewall. If you are wondering why a firewall is necessary, accessing your work’s systems from public Wi-Fi is of huge concern. You can’t guarantee that your system will be secure when working from anywhere in the world.

That’s where a cloud firewall comes into play. With employees around the world still working from home, cloud-based firewalls can reach your entire network, which could stretch to any location in the world. It can offer a solution to fit a huge number of devices and different devices that your workforce use. This is one of the best ways to protect your company while using the cloud and working remotely today.

Finding a Solution That Protects Your Entire Operation

While the cloud offers many great benefits to users today and increases security, you’ll want to look at every way in which your IT infrastructure needs protecting today. Network perimeter security is still necessary to use today, but you’ll also want to protect your clouds and internet access. A Next-Generation firewall can work with public and private clouds but will also secure your business regardless of where your employees are working from today. It’s important to understand that cloud security by itself is not enough protection for companies today. You don’t want to leave your network open to attacks or risk one of your devices being infiltrated when working offsite.

Avoid Making Your Data Public

When you do initially move to the cloud, one of our top tips is to be very careful about what you make public. Ensure your data is protected by securing all the documents you don’t want anyone to access. This is one of the most common mistakes we see companies make today when operating in the cloud, and while you may think it’s just going to be shared with your employees, you’ll need to make sure that doesn’t extend to the world at large.

The cloud is one of the most exciting modern developments that companies have adopted throughout the world today. It offers so many benefits to companies of all shapes and sizes, but there are still some security concerns to be aware of in this area. We always recommend using a Soho firewall or another of the new SonicWall firewalls to protect your business. You can never be too safe when it comes to protecting your data and systems, and you’ll save your company a lot of hassle and time in the long run by adopting this solution for your business today.