SecurITy – #6: Firewall

SecurITy - Firewall
Create a protective barrier around your network with a robust and reliable firewall.
Firewalls provide large-scale protection of a firm’s environment.  Acting as an invisible shield, they monitor incoming and outgoing network traffic highlighting instances of vulnerability and preventing unauthorized parties from accessing a company’s network.
Traditionally, firewalls reside as hardware or software components that are installed in a firm’s server environment.
Having a firewall installed in your environment ensures that outside networks, like the Internet, are closely monitored and kept separate from a firm’s data and internal network.
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Enabling measures such as Intrusion Detection and Prevention goes a long way towards keeping hackers out of your environment as the firewall is trained to detect when an unknown 3rd party is trying to breach it.


When choosing a firewall, Fortinet offers a variety of features that provide complete firm protection.
Some of these features include the ability to support multiple Internet connections along with increased memory and CPU which allows for greater network coverage.
Other features include the ability to manage multiple Fortinet devices in a given environment by creating Virtual Private Network (VPN) tunnels throughout the network.  This helps to ensure complete coverage of a firm’s infrastructure.
Wireless Access Points (WAPs) work in conjunction with the firewall allowing for continuous Internet access to users in their firm’s office.
Combined both the Fortinet firewalls and WAPs work to keep your office connected and protected from viruses and hackers.

Why Does Your Firm Need a Firewall?

When talking about the security of your system, having a firewall installed in your infrastructure is a must.  As previously mentioned, a firewall acts as a barrier between your computer network and the Internet.  It is capable of screening all of the traffic that passes between the Internet and your network, looking for anything that might harm your system.
Firewalls help to prevent unauthorized access to your network by 3rd parties.   Comparing information against a set of defined policies and procedures, the firewall will determine which traffic to block and which can proceed into the firm’s internal network.
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Firewalls also provide access to visitors and non-firm members by setting up guest Wi-Fi networks and remote access connections that allows visitors to access your Internet and Wi-Fi without breaching your internal network.

SecurITy Tip:

Make sure your firm has an up-to-date firewall.  Ideally, this means installing an appliance, such as a Fortinet device, in your infrastructure.  Situated behind the firm’s ISP router, the firewall will work to protect your network from any suspicious or unwanted activity coming from outside sources that could affect your internal network.
Employing real time data inspections and intrusion detections will ensure your firewall is proactive and capable of detecting and removing any potential threats.
For more information on the importance of firewalls and whether devices like Fortinet are a good fit for your firm, give us a call at 647-426-1004.
Courtney Rosebush is a Marketing and Sales Coordinator at Triella, a technology consulting firm specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Courtney can be reached at 647.426.1004 x 227. For additional articles, go to is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Kaspersky Reseller.
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