Is a Simple Firewall Enough to Protect You?

If you've escaped being the victim of a cyber attack so far, you're lucky. But be forewarned, your luck may be running out. Security and data breaches are common news and companies are being fined or paying settlements from hundreds of thousands to millions! Starting 10/1/2012, the CT Attorney General must be notified of any compromise of customer information or face a CT Unfair Trade Practices violation.

  • CT based Health Net was fined $350,000 for a data breach that violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act or HIPAA.
  • TJX Companies (T.J. Maxx and Marshalls) reached a breach settlement fee of $9.75 million after 45.6M credit card and debit card numbers were stolen in 2005-2006.
  • Click here to learn about some of the more recent incidents (this month and earlier).

Regulatory fines can hurt a business, but loss of trust and consumer confidence destroy what's left of it.

Should small business worry about IT security?

The answer is simply YES if you're in business. You most likely have confidential information that needs to be protected. Does your business take credit cards? If so, why put your customers at risk?! Cyber criminals are vigorously looking to breach small businesses. The truth is, computer networks today are more vulnerable than ever and small businesses (SMB's) are the biggest target of cyber attacks.

Facts about cyber attackers.

Statistics from: www.entrepreneur.com/blog/223408

SMB's tend to give cyber attackers easier access because many just don't have big budgets for security protocol and systems. We hope to shed light on this important topic, not to scare you, but to increase your awareness on how you can protect your business.

Understanding Today's Threats

Fire wall.

Today, computers are chock-full of interactions with social media channels, blogs, video sharing sites, hosted services and more. With this interactive experience, the risk factor has increased exponentially and traditional security infrastructures, cannot keep up. Basic firewalls just don't cut it.

 

Fortinet and Sonicwall logos.

How to Protect Your Business (and home!)

The new devices for protection are Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances. These amazing tools
"enable the consolidation of traditional as well as next-generation firewall functions into a single device" explains the book, UTM for Dummies.

Functions of a UTM System:

  • A Firewall protects your business from outside web invaders.
  • Web Content Filters prevent employees from wasting time on inappropriate or porn sites in the workplace (and can protect children at home). These sites can also be malicious and infect your entire network.
  • Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) prevents brute force attacks where hackers continuously try to crack your security.
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) - allows employees to work from home safely so your business information is encrypted.

The cover of Unified Threat Management for Dummies book.

Next Steps

Don't wait until an attack happens! Being proactive can save you time and money in the long run. Call LeBlanc Communications and use our expertise. We can analyze your business and determine threats you might not even know exist.

Remember, NOT being protected is not an option.

Call LeBlanc Communications today at 203-938-8400 for your security needs. If your "firewall" is more than a couple of years old, email me to get a copy of Unified Threat Management for Dummies. This document gives a comprehensive look at how to best protect your business. Be prepared. If you haven't experienced a cyber attack yet, your clock is ticking.

We are always looking for a better way to Give Your Network a Voice!®.

Sincerely,

Michael LeBlanc, Founder and CEO
LeBlanc Communications Group, Inc.