5 Network Security Tools for the Small to Mid-sized Business Owner

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Think your business won’t be a target for cybercrime? Think again. More and more small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) are being subjected to viruses, worms and spyware. At the “Hacked: The Realities of a Cyber Event” hosted by Travelers, it was said that 60% of attacks in 2014 struck SMBs. Such attacks can be costly and damage your reputation, but are preventable.

You may have heard the term ‘firewall’ or ‘anti-virus’ but what does it all mean? Simply put, these are network security tools that can minimize the risk of cyberattacks damaging businesses just like yours.

Network security solutions often offer high protection against cybercrime by combining firewalls, anti-virus, intrusion protection, content filtering and virtual private networks, enabling you to block high-risk traffic and screen emails for dangerous content, preventing malware and more from accessing your network.

Five Must Have Network Security Tools

1. Firewalls

A firewall monitors and controls the incoming and outgoing traffic to your network. Rules are set to enable safe traffic to flow in and out and block untrusted traffic.

2. Anti-Virus Software

Anti-virus software detects and removes threats that enter your network.

3. Intrusion Protection System

An Intrusion Protection System (IPS) uses a database of attack signatures to identify and potentially block known types of attacks and can prevent your employees from accidentally downloading malicious content.

4. Content Filtering

Content filtering helps you control the type of subject matter that enters your network from the web or through email. Filter out objectionable topics such as pornography or hate-oriented content.

5. Virtual Private Network

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a private tunnel within a public network that provides a secure connection to your network from a remote location.
Securing Your IT Environment

When it comes to securing your own IT environment remember these five must have network security tools. For ongoing protection, deploy an all-in-one network security solution such as Kerio Control which is available as software, virtual machine or a hardware appliance. Kerio Control brings together all of these comprehensive tools, making it the ideal choice for small and mid-sized businesses.