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Updated: May 3, 2021

As previously discussed in our How DataPoint Can Help in a Covid-19 World blog series, Covid-19 has drastically changed the work environment not only temporarily but for many businesses, permanently. Leaders of different markets that are closing or downsizing their physical office and implementing a fully remote work schedule must consider how this will impact their critical data, infrastructure, and connectivity requirements. As a solution, many companies are altering into a colocation facility where they have the ability for increased security, reliability, networking, and protection as well as 24/7 access to professional remote hands services.

Now since your infrastructure is in a colocation facility and you have met your remote workers connectivity requirements, what else is needed? From Fortune 500 companies to a 3-person operation, all businesses, no matter what size, should have a firewall to secure and protect their network. Many smaller companies believe having a firewall is not necessary because hackers are not interested in their business. However, according to the Business Journals, over half of all cyberattacks are targeted at small businesses because of their lack of security. Cybercriminals will always evolving to find ways to hack into networks when they sense a vulnerability, no matter how mundane the underlying business might be.

Networks are being barraged with simple requests that you will not notice. Majority of them are harmless, but some will give a malicious person all the information they need to cripple your business. A firewall is the first layer of defense in cybersecurity, acting as a barrier between threats and your network. Firewalls monitor all incoming and outgoing traffic, allowing access based on your company’s defined rules. Not only do firewalls prevent cyber criminals from accessing your data and compromising your network but they also control access, secure databases, protect against viruses, and verify remote connectors.

Cyberattacks have increased significantly during the coronavirus due to growth in online retail and remote work, opening new ways for criminals to attack individuals and organizations. From retail, to banking, to healthcare, all industries are a target for cyber criminals. Fintech News’ statistics show that during the coronavirus pandemic, 80% of firms have seen an increase in cyberattacks and 27% of attacks target banks or healthcare. In addition, ransomware attacks rose 148% in March. Digital incidents cost businesses of all sizes $200,000 on average and 60% of these attacked companies go out of business within 6 months of the attack. In addition, within the U.S. in 2019, 966 government agencies, educational establishments, and healthcare providers were impacted by ransomware attacks costing a potential of $7.5 billion.

Do not let your company be a statistic. If you have not secured your remote workforce with a firewall you could be compromising your entire business. DataPoint’s award-winning Next-Gen Firewalls are optimized for perimeter, cloud, data center, distributed, and small business deployments. We have solutions for every size business from a roadside kiosk to international headquarters. Our singular solution allows you to simplify and strengthen your security capabilities across all physical, virtual, and cloud deployments. Our Managing Security services include detailed reporting, monitoring of bandwidth, VPN connections, threats, and baselines, anti-malware, web filtering, intrusion protection, and IPSec and SSL VPN tunnels. Our Pros are continually monitoring your networks and learning of new threats and better ways to stay ahead of the criminals. Take advantage of our experts and acquire some peace of mind knowing your critical data is protected.

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