In this article, I will share with you the top 3 advanced network protection tools that you can use in 2020.
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Gone are the days when you could secure your computers using only firewalls and antiviruses. Now, the threat landscape has changed not only in the volume of attacks but in the level of sophistication of the attack vectors and malicious codes.
The increase in both scope and frequency of cyberattacks means firewall alone cannot protect your system. Businesses need to use other advanced network protection tools alongside a firewall if they want to remain on top of their cybersecurity.
So, What Can Firewalls Protect?
Firewalls are software programs that monitor both incoming and outgoing system traffic, then decide which data packets are to be allowed or blocked based on the security standards of the firewall.
In general terms, firewalls work by creating a roadblock between internal operations and outward sources, like the internet since it’s these external elements that allow viruses and other threat actors access.
Threats that Cannot be Protected by Firewalls
It is good to note that numerous other threats go past a firewall’s screening. Let’s look at some of them.
Even with a firewall, malware including viruses, adware, spyware, Trojan horses, etc can still infect your computer. Malware mostly finds its way to your computer when you click on corrupted email attachments or links.
While a firewall can protect you against unwarranted access from venomous traffic, it won’t protect you when you grant the malware program entry into your system.
Social engineering attacks happen when the victim is psychologically manipulated into divulging confidential or sensitive data. It is mostly done using communication tools such as email and messages that induce feelings of urgency, panic, or fear in victims, prompting them to take action of either opening malicious files, sharing sensitive data, or clicking on venomous links.
Examples of social engineering are phishing and ransomware. A firewall may not help in these attacks since permission is usually granted via the internet.
Other Advanced Network Protection Tools
Your network won’t be fully protected if you are just using a firewall alone. Here are some of the top tools to use alongside malware to ensure full-proof protection of your network.
Antivirus and Antimalware Software
Antivirus and antimalware software detect and prevent viruses and malware from infecting your device. This software also checks and monitor your files for abnormalities and fixes any taint caused.
If your network lacks a good antivirus and antimalware, you may be infected and not know about it until it is too late.
Once believed to be solely privacy software, VPNs have grown to be some of the leading security tools. The way VPNs work is that they provide a secure subway between your computer and the network on which you are connected. They hide your location and mask your IP address, preventing anyone from eavesdropping on your data.
Email Security Gateways
Email security gateway (ESG) are servers that safeguard your internal email server. These servers act as gateways through which all incoming and outgoing emails go through.
A secure ESG monitors your received and sent emails and prevents unauthorized emails such as spam, phishing, or malware. Your sent emails are scanned to ensure no compromising data leaves your network and all sensitive data is encrypted so that it cannot be read.
The advancement in technology has also led to advanced weapons of attack. You will, therefore, require more than the traditional network protection tools such as firewalls. Incorporate the above tools into your system and also exercise caution when clicking on attachments and links, and you will be fully protected from cyberattacks.
In this article, we’ve talked about what a firewall is, what it can protect users from, and threats there are that cannot be protected by Firewalls alone. The advancement in technology has also led to advanced weapons of attack.
You will therefore require more than the traditional network protection tools such as firewalls. Incorporate the above tools, including antivirus and antimalware software, VPNs, and ESGs, into your system and also exercise caution when clicking on attachments and links, and you will be fully protected from cyberattacks.
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