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Security is a major issue these days and we can implement a wide range of measures to keep you safe from viruses, spyware and hackers, using defence in depth with best of breed hardware firewalls, external email scanning, and internal network security software. For all computer users keeping your systems up to date is a vital part of this protection.
Defence in Depth Includes Perimeter Protection –
Fortinet invented the concept of Unified Threat Management and remain at the front of this form of firewall security. Where traditional firewall function network protection is enhanced with Antivirus/Antispyware/Antimalware protection, Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Application Control and more.
FortiGate appliances provide enterprise-class protection against network, content, and application-level threats. Dynamic updates from the FortiGuard Labs global threat research team ensure your systems are protected against the latest threats. FortiGate platforms incorporate sophisticated networking features, such as high availability (active/active, active/passive) for maximum network uptime, and virtual domain (VDOM) capabilities to separate various networks requiring different security policies.
Fortinet’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) security platform FortiGate provides you with the ability to protect your network with the fastest firewall technology on the market. You also have the freedom to deploy the wide range of security technologies available, to fit your dynamic network environment.
Computer anti-virus and Security software needs to have up to date definitions and for the software itself to be updated regularly to keep pace with the ever evolving threats. For PC users a good way to keep up to date with your computer is to pay a very small monthly fee for Microsoft’s Windows Intune.
Free anti has its place for home users at it much better than no anti-virus but it is not as good as the commercial products.
More and more malware and viruses are targeting Apples operating systems. This in part due to an increased popularity of the Apples and in part due to glaring omission on most Apple computers of any security software making Apples juicy soft targets for criminals.
Windows Updates can happen automatically or in companies with servers even centrally. The process of applying these updates or patches is called Patch Management. A new method of Patch Management, available to everyone; whether a home user or a business; is to use Microsoft Windows Intune. However you do it, it is very important to keep your Windows and other software up to date. Any software can have security flaws. Keeping all your software up to date reduces your risk to attack and exploitation by malware.
Software updates from Apple and Google fix both bugs and potential security issues so make sure you apply your software updates too.
Businesses should have written security policies. These need to include file permissions and who can do what on a computer. Policies in larger business are implemented by server based software. Now any business can manage its own enforceable software policies through Microsoft Windows Intune.
What happens in your business when someone loses or worse has their smart phone or pad? If you have your devices covered on Windows Intune they can be wiped saving your business and personal information falling into other peoples’ hands.
Scanning your emails for malicious content in the form viruses, malware and spam before it arrives on your systems has many important benefits:
The traditional way for businesses to do this is to sign up to a service, the most well-known of which was called MessageLabs and is now part of Symantec Cloud. This the Rolls Royce of these services. Users of Microsoft Cloud solution Office 365 E3 plan get Microsoft’s own Forefront equivalent service.